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.
Email John Greenfield: john @ gridchicago.com
Email Steven Vance: steven @ gridchicago.com
Contact John about sponsoring Grid Chicago. Other inquiries should be directed to both in the same email.
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.
Authors and Contributors
How many Chicagoans 16+ get to work by…
|Mode||2006-2010 (most recent)||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, 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.
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.
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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- A game of cat & mouse: revisiting John’s old CBF cartoons
- Protest against low transit funding on Wednesday is directed at the wrong audience
- Bike counts are important to businesses and in evaluating our progress
- Grid Shots: Skyline edition
- Pix from the Gapers Block crits
- A sneak peek at the exhibition “Bikes! The Green Revolution”
- Bike count projects in Chicago: two short video interviews
- An outsider’s Chicago bike itineraries
- Importance of hit-and-run crash deaths in the news media
Most Popular Posts
- Resner and Greenfield reclaim the CTA riding crown from the British champ
- The case of the disappearing bike lane
- Grounds for celebration: Chicago’s first bike & coffee shop is almost open
- Good news in the update about the Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection design
- CTA launches train tracker with text messaging
- Events on April 9, 2012
Friends of the Lakefront Trail visioning workshop (north side)
From 6:30 PM
To 8:30 PM
Where Margate Park Fieldhouse (4921 N. Marine Drive)
- Events on April 18, 2012
Friends of the Lakefront Trail visioning workshop (south side)
From 6:30 PM
To 8:30 PM
Where Jackson Park Fieldhouse (6401 S. Stony Island Ave.)
- Events on June 30, 2012
9th Annual Bike the Boulevard event with 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas
From 9:00 AM
To 2:00 PM
Info Grant permission to Alderman George A. Cardenas, 2458 West 38th Street, to close traffic on South Western Boulevard, beginning at 4555 South Western Boulevard (Home Depot), proceeding North-bound on Western Boulevard, continuing onto the boulevard system, crossing California Avenue, untilWest 24th Street, stopping at the parking lot of Spry School,2400 South Marshall.Boulevard, and ending at 4555 South Western Boulevard (Home Depot), for the 9th Annual Bike the Boulevard Event on Saturday, June 30,2012, from 9:00 am to 2:00pm.
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