Grid Chicago is a blog by John Greenfield (author of Vote With Your Feet and contributor to area web media and newspapers) and Steven Vance (author of Steven Can Plan) about sustainable transportation in Chicago and the region. We’ll write about issues and culture. We published our first article on June 17, 2011.
Grid Chicago is an outlet for news, commentary, and photography about sustainable transportation-related events, projects, and ideas. Grid Chicago is a platform for critical analysis and thought, and will take a stand on issues important in pursuing progressive and sustainable transportation – transportation that is efficient or uses clean or no energy. Additionally, Grid Chicago will help advance the culture of sustainable transportation modes, like walking, biking, and taking transit, with articles that explore the fun and livelier side of sustainable transportation. This may include pieces about trips and travel in Chicagoland and the Midwest, or interviews with locals about how they share bicycling with their peers.
Here at Grid Chicago we bring you an important perspective on the latest developments of active and sustainable transportation issues and culture in the Windy City and beyond. Steven and John each work over 20 hours per week attending meetings, conducting interviews, and checking out projects in the field, while staying up in the wee hours writing articles.
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How many Chicagoans 16+ get to work by…
|Mode||2006-2010||2005-2009||2000 decennial census||Notes|
|Car (alone)||50.9%||from 51.3%||50.1%||The current national trend is that driving is decreasing.|
|Car (with others)||10.0%||10.3%||14.5%||The number of people carpooling has decreased.|
|Transit (excluding taxis)||26.6%||25.9%||25.3%||The current national trend is that transit use is increasing.|
|Bike||1.1%||1.0%||0.5%||The current national trend is that bicycle commuting is increasing.|
|Walking||5.8%||5.7%||5.7%||This level has stayed the same.|
|Sample size||1,219,311||1,267,895||1,192,139||Workers 16 and older (who had a job at the time of survey).|
Active Transportation Alliance’s goal is to have 50% of all trips (to work and everywhere else) be by transit, biking, or walking. The Bike 2015 Plan goal is to have 5% of all trips by 2015 be by biking. Data from the American Community Survey, 2006-2010 5-year estimates (the most recent 5-year estimate available; 2011 will come out in December 2012), 2005-2009 5-year estimates, both table S0801, and from the 2000 Decennial Census, table QT-P23. Grid Chicago wants to see more people taking transit to work as well as bicycling and walking more. We’ll need your help.
In The Media
John and I spoke live on “Morning AMp,” Monday, July 11, 2011, with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon. Direct link to MP3.
“Grid Chicago is a new blog by frequent GB contributor John Greenfield and transportation planner Steven Vance, covering ‘sustainable transportation in Chicago and Illinois.’ ”
“Emanuel checks bike paths off the list. But the mayor still has miles to go.” Lauren Chooljian interviewed Steven Vance briefly about the Kinzie Street and Jackson Boulevard protected bike lanes for a Wednesday, August 24, 2011, story. Direct link to MP3.
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