Posts tagged "Chicago Bicycling"

Video: Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane

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Here is an excellent video showcasing last week’s dedication ceremony for the Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane (yes, I was there).  It also officially introduces the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. Since the world did not come to an end today, it’s safe to add this awesome new bike lane to your Bike-It list…  ... Read more »

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities:The Role of Education and Law

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities:The Role of Education and Law
This is the third installment in a three-part series by guest author, John Brooking, a CyclingSavvy instructor.  (Part One and Part Two) In the last installment, we looked at problems with bike lanes in the door zone of parked cars and at intersections. National cycling education such as CyclingSavvy and Smart Cycling consistently teach active... Read more »

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities: Infrastructure and the Rules of the Road

Figure 1: Destination positioning at intersections means that the following configuration of general travel lanes would be a poor design, and not something any traffic engineer would do. (Courtesy of Dan Gutierrez)
This is the second installment in a three-part series by guest author, John Brooking (read part one here); The rules of the road for general traffic have been in development for about 100 years now. One of the earliest pioneers of traffic law was William Phelps Eno, who started writing the first traffic rules for... Read more »
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Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities: Bicyclist Rights

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities: Bicyclist Rights
This is the first in a three-part series by guest author, John Brooking; Hello, Chicago. I’m writing to you from Portland, Maine. (Yes, “the other Portland”, land of lobster and lighthouses.) I’ve been a year-round bike commuter here for over 10 years. Brent invited me to write this series of guest columns based on a... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Chicago's Bike Week & Upcoming Events

Sixty Second Cycling: Chicago's Bike Week & Upcoming Events
This Saturday kicks off Chicago’s Bike Week. The cycling community, led by the Active Transportation Alliance, the chainlink, Grid Chicago, and other advocates, has coordinated an incredible line-up of events to highlight the fun that can be experienced on two wheels. The celebration of cycling actually begins Friday night at The Lobby at 36 E.... Read more »

Controversy Surrounds Bike Share Selection

Controversy Surrounds Bike Share Selection
I guess it wouldn’t be Chicago without allegations of impropriety… Last week, an Oregon-based vendor was selected to provide the infrastructure, equipment, and management assets for Chicago’s new bike share program.  I commented on the benefits of having an additional 3,000 bikes available for the short-term transportation needs of residents and visitors in a post... Read more »
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Sixty Second Cycling Stories Week in Review

Sixty Second Cycling Stories Week in Review
As the snow fell upon the Chicago area this past Thursday, I resigned myself once again to a winter of merely daydreaming about bicycling. Gone was the disbelief of mild winter riding and the confusion of all that witnessed the premature return of the recreational cyclist.  At least I have my Google Reader news bundle... Read more »

War On Cars: The Bicycle and The Reusable Shopping Bag

My son spent his last two years of high school and first two years of college working part-time at our local Super Target.  What better way to earn a few bucks and learn about the real world? One Sunday morning, my daughter and I were preparing for our usual weekly shopping trip.  We had our... Read more »

War On Cars? Don't Sweat Emissions or Congestion

Take a breath and count to three.  Or in this case, somewhere around 170,000…  I think I’ve calmed down enough to comment now. The interwebs are buzzing about John Mc Carron’s op-ed piece; Chicago’s War on Cars.  Some cyclists and motorists are engaged in the usual and predictable battles over who belongs on the road. ... Read more »
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