New App Aims to Better Protect Cyclists

New App Aims to Better Protect Cyclists
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Bike Lane Uprising released a new mobile app with the intention of keeping Chicago cyclists safe. Bike Lane Uprising, a local cycling advocacy group, has been well aware of the growing number of cyclists throughout Chicago, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic. Their new app creates a database... Read more »

Metra Train Introduces Bike-Friendly Car

As of Monday, November 9, 2020, Metra will debut its first bike car and will allow bicycles on all lines. Metra’s new bike car will allow for 16 bicycles on the car instead of the typical 5, making it much easier for cyclists to get around the city. This car will debut on the Milwaukee... Read more »

Local Bike Ride Aims to Encourage Voter Registration

As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, a group of Chicago citizens are using biking to ensure all eligible voters are registered. On Friday, October 16, local non-profit Pep Rally Takeover led a 10-mile bike ride through Chicago’s West Town to encourage the city’s residents to register to vote. The event was aimed specifically at... Read more »
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Bicycle Lending Library Opens in North Lawndale

Thanks to the Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN) in North Lawndale, citizens can now access bikes at their convenience. The YMEN bike library is being operated out of a repurposed shipping container in the K-Town neighborhood at 13th Street and Pulaski Road. In addition to the approximately 20 bicycles available to be borrowed, the bike... Read more »

Chicago Aldermen Approve Cargo Bicycles

Thursday, October 1, 2020, saw Chicago aldermen advance a measure that would approve electric cargo bicycles in the city. WTTW reports that the measure was unanimously endorsed by members of the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee. If the measure is fully approved by the City Council on Wednesday, October 7, companies such as FedEx and... Read more »

Chicago Cyclist on Divvy Bike Involved in Fatal Accident

Chicago has seen a spike in cyclists since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which has unfortunately resulted in a rise in the number of cycling-related fatalities. On September 9, 2020, the city saw yet another tragic incident. Around 7:50 a.m., a yet-unnamed cyclist was traveling south on Damen Avenue when he was struck by a car... Read more »
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Chicago Cyclists Cite Concerns Over E-Scooters Crowding Parking Spaces

When Chicago tested e-scooters in 2019, many residents raised concerns over how these devices were “parked” on sidewalks. Since this first round of e-scooters had no locking features, they would often topple over, creating a hazardous environment for pedestrians.     To address this concern, Chicago leaders required e-scooter companies to put a locking feature on their... Read more »

Second City’s Second E-Scooter Program Launches In August 2020

If you’ve been itching to scoot around Second City, then you’re in luck: Chicago officially began its second e-scooter trial on August 12, 2020. There are, however, a few new features Chicagoans should know before hopping aboard these two-wheeled wonders. Most significantly, all of the e-scooters in this latest trial have advanced locking technology. Riders... Read more »

Walkability In The Windy City: How Safe Are Chicago’s Streets?

Walkability In The Windy City: How Safe Are Chicago’s Streets?
Even though Chicago is one of America’s most densely populated cities, it has relatively high standards in terms of pedestrian and cyclist safety. Believe it or not, analysts at the website Walk Score recently gave the Windy City a respectable 77 out of 100 in terms of walkability. When you zoom-in to touristy areas like... Read more »
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Can You Ride a Bicycle During Chicago’s Stay at Home Order?

Can You Ride a Bicycle During Chicago’s Stay at Home Order?
Riding a bicycle is a healthy activity and is both legal and encouraged during Chicago’s Stay At Home order. Just be sure to maintain safe social distancing while cycling. Was biking banned? There is indeed confusion. That’s because Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told residents to not go on long runs or bike rides during the... Read more »