Posts tagged "Chicago Cycling"

This Weekend, Fifty Will Feel Like Seventy!

It’s official; Chicago experienced its coldest winter in recorded history. But I don’t have to tell you that, you lived through it… We spent all winter checking the 10-day forecast on our smartphones and commiserating with one another about the “feels like” temperature. Who among us will forget the near-choking sensation brought about by minus... Read more »

Chicago bicycling advocacy gets a big boost with Streets Blog

Chicago bicycling advocacy gets a big boost with Streets Blog
Congratulations to Steven Vance and John Greenfield from Grid Chicago for being selected to head up the latest addition to the Streets Blog Network – Streets Blog Chicago! If you’re not familiar with Streets Blog, sorry to say, you’re just not one of the cool kids.  Not to worry though, prior to the recent popularity... Read more »

Don't Regulate Guns, Do Regulate Bicycles

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass has had just about enough of my kind. To him, I am part of a privileged, pampered, special interest group that continually demands accommodations from all levels of government, yet fights every attempt to regulate our activities.  He continually stereotypes all of us as reckless law breakers.  He demands registration,... Read more »
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Rahm Dedicates Dearborn Bike Lane to Dozens of "Little Bike People"

Rahm Dedicates Dearborn Bike Lane to Dozens of "Little Bike People"
Last Friday, I had the honor of standing twenty feet in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he dedicated the new Dearborn Street protected bike lane in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. I was very impressed with the Mayor’s comprehensive understanding of bicycling infrastructure and his conviction that this comparatively small public investment will benefit... 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 »

Bicycling Infrastructure: Don’t Let the Perfect Become the Enemy of the Good

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When it comes to safe and efficient bicycling infrastructure, few nations can rival the Netherlands.  It really seems that the Dutch have thought of everything. As this video shows, a transportation system that gives equal consideration to those choosing to travel under their own power by bike and purposely addresses the differences of speed and... Read more »

Chicago Cycling Fatalities: Making Sense of the Senseless

Chicago Cycling Fatalities: Making Sense of the Senseless
This is a post that I dreaded writing. This is a post that I should never have to write.  Each time this happens – and it happens too often – I have a very difficult time getting my head around it all.  My mind refuses to dwell on the details.  The trauma.  The pain.  The... Read more »
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Cyclists Target of Rahm-PASS and Cynical Sniping

Sometimes I imagine myself as a real Tribune columnist, sitting in front of a window overlooking Michigan Avenue, looking down at the people scurrying by. When it comes time to write a column, I just pull out a high-powered scope from a sniper’s rifle and start scanning the street for my next target.  From my... Read more »