The Dearborn Street two-way protected bike lane.
In 2012 the Emanuel administration kept the momentum going for walking, biking, transit and public space improvements, with a number of big projects announced and/or completed. For Newcity magazine’s annual “Top 5 of Everything” issue, I submitted the following lists of the most important or interesting sustainable transportation and parks stories of the year. Did I miss anything?
Top 5 Wheelie Exciting Chicago Bicycling Stories
Hundreds of cyclists provide input for 645-mile Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 network
Comrade Cycles, Chicago’s first worker-owned bike shop, opens in Ukrainian Village
Couriers from around the globe gather here for Cycle Messenger World Championships
Final plans for Bloomingdale trail and “linear park” released; construction slated for 2013
CDOT builds Chicago’s first two-way protected bike lane downtown on Dearborn Street
Bollywood dancing at Open Streets on Milwaukee Avenue.
Top 5 Not-So-Pedestrian Local Walking Stories
Chicago’s speed camera ordinance passes, paving the way for safer walking conditions
Make Way for People plan to turn alleys, cul-de-sacs and parking spots into mini parks
City releases first-ever comprehensive Pedestrian Plan
Open Streets ciclovia expands to include Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park / Bucktown
Mayor Emanuel announces $100 million plan to complete the Chicago Riverwalk
The CTA Yellow Line’s new Oakton-Skokie station. Photo by Jeff Zoline.
Top 5 Rapidly Developing Transit Stories
CTA announces 5-month closure of south Red Line, $240 million 95th St. station rehab
Both CTA and Metra hike farecard prices
Sparkling new CTA stations open at Green/Pink Morgan and Yellow Oakton-Skokie
Amtrak train hits 111 MPH downstate, paving the way for high-speed service to St. Louis
Jeffery Jump debuts; plans for bus rapid transit downtown, and on Western, Ashland
Park district rendering of Northerly Island redesign.
Top 5 Blossoming Chicago Park District Stories
Rahm announces $290 million plan for 800 parks & rec projects citywide in next 5 years
Construction starts on four new boathouses along the Chicago River
$5 million Northerly Island rehab will add topography, native habitats and campsites
Take the Field plan earmarks $12 million for sports fields in underserved communities
North Grant Park, now Maggie Daley Park, will get climbing sculptures & skating ribbon
Grid Chicago is a blog about sustainable transportation matters, projects and culture in Chicago and Illinois, by John Greenfield and Steven Vance since June 2011. We switched to writing at Streetsblog Chicago in January 2013.
- Grid Chicago is parked. Come join us at Streetsblog Chicago!
- Over a Barrel: Why is City Hall barring Pedal Pub from operating?
- Redesigning North Avenue to better serve its purpose: shopping
- Today’s Headlines
- More from Marge: Alderman Laurino talks trails, bike sharing
- Next South Shore alderman must expand and protect existing transit
- Today’s Headlines
- Transition Plan: We’re making the move to Streetsblog Chicago!
- Construction update: Jackson buffered bike lane installed after 1.5 year delay
- Today’s Headlines
Western & Ashland BRT: Pros and Cons - This webpage summarizes the project details and describes the pros and cons for each of the 4 bus rapid transit scenarios
Chicago Crash Browser - Find where bicyclists and pedestrians were hit by cars in Chicago.
Bike 2015 Plan Tracker - Monitoring the status of implementing the 153 strategies in the Bike 2015 Plan
Chicago Bike Guide app - The Chicago Bike Guide is the best way to navigate Chicago's vast network of bikeways and cool destinations. Get trip directions, find available Divvy bikes and docks, read The Chainlink, Tumblr, and Twitter, all giving you the perfect view of getting around by bike in Chicago. The app works on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.
Contribute your photos to our Flickr group.