Today’s Headlines


37-year-old Oak Forest woman dies after January 12 car crash in Alsip (Southtown)

Drivers illegally use I-190 shoulder to wait for O’Hare passengers, creating a hazard (Tribune)

Fire on Green Line near Laramie station in Austin causes delays (Tribune, RedEye)

Certified LAB instructors meet in Loop to launch online bike safety curriculum (Kevenides)

$250K settlement for family of Dekalb girl injured by car while biking to school (Keating Law)

Strategies for getting compensation after a hit-and-run (Lawyer Jim)

Construction sawhorses and beacon in Uptown act as de facto traffic circle (Transitized)

Dismal underpass at Addison and Avondale transformed by colorful mural (MPC)

Video: bike commuting from the Loop to Lincoln Park (BWLP)

Video illustrates how to cycle in a long(ish) skirt (LGRAB)

More from Marge: Alderman Laurino talks trails, bike sharing


Margaret Laurino with constituent and Grid Chicago commenter Bob Kastigar.

Since Checkerboard City, my weekly column that runs in print in Newcity magazine, is limited to about 1,000 words, some good material from my recent interview with bike-friendly 39th Ward Alderman Margaret Laurino wound up on the cutting room floor. She had interesting things to say about bringing bike sharing to her district, as well as plans for extending the North Branch trail 4.2 miles south south to Foster Avenue. The latter will make it possible to bike roughly 25 miles from Belmont and the Chicago River in Lakeview to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in north suburban Glencoe on an almost entirely car-free route. We’ll get you more details on that exciting project in the near future.

Are there any transit improvement projects going on in your ward?

I think that any improvements that have happened have actually already happened. One of them that I happen to be interested in because of the current ward re-map – you know we’re picking up new areas that we hadn’t had before. The one that I’m going to focus on is that Forest Glenn Metra stop where once again I want it to be a little bit more bike-friendly. I want people to once again be able to bring their bicycles to that stop and then hop on the train and go downtown. I don’t know how many people in my community are actually hopping on a bike, getting on Elston Avenue and actually going all the way downtown. I don’t think that’s happening too much. But getting to the train station on your bicycle… what do we call it, the last mile?

Exactly, yeah.

The last mile, that’s something that I want to really concentrate on. So I’m going to hopefully do that with Metra in cooperation with the city of Chicago there. And then I’d very much like to see a bike share [rental kiosks] at our universities in our ward. The one that I’m really going to push is going to be at Northeastern Illinois University because it’s a commuter college. I’d like to see a bike share [kiosk] on, say, Bryn Mawr. Then they can just rent their bikes, hop on Kimball, which isn’t a bad street for biking and get to the Brown Line at Lawrence and Kimball.

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Today’s Headlines


Woman wounded by gunfire while riding a CTA bus in Englewood (Tribune, Sun-Times, RedEye)

Metra hopes to boost stagnant ridership with ad campaign targeting drivers stuck in traffic (Tribune)

Metra board OKs $1.4 million in salary hikes for almost 300 non-union workers (Sun-Times)

More than 100 CTA bus shelters to get arrival time signs (Sun-Times)

Executive director of RTA target of sexual harassment complaint (Crain’s)

Bloomingdale fundraising party held at private club for well-heeled potential donors (Crain’s)

Local author Greg Borzo releases book on Chicago cable car history (Time Out)

Open Government hackers work to turn municipal data into useful apps (Time Out)

CTA puts finishing touches on Morse station 5 months after reopening (CTA Tattler)

Bike-themed calendar released benefitting Chicago Ride of Silence (Bike Commuters)

Today’s Headlines


RTA approves budget measure allowing CTA to borrow up to $1 billion for bus and rail improvements (Tribune, RedEye)

Report looks at benefits of Red Line extension (CMAP)

RTA accuses United, American of dodging Chicago taxes with dummy offices in Sycamore, IL (Sun-Times)

O’Hare to offer “Minute Suites” for short-term naps (Sun-Times)

DuPage County gets $3.65 million in state funding for four road projects (Daily Herald)

CTA to start construction of a new electrical substation south of the Morse stop (CTA Tattler)

Taking a virtual bike ride to the lakefront on the new Fullerton bridge (BWLP)

Logan Square’s Kidical Mass gets the little ones out on bikes (DDLR)

Details on CDOT’s 150 miles of potential locations for enhanced lanes


John and Mike Amsden at a Streets for Cycling meeting at the Sulzer Library in Lincoln Square – photo by Serge Lubomudrov

Last May during the community input process for the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, Steven and I attended one of the public meetings at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park. At the open house Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) staff unveiled a map of potential locations for 110 miles of protected bike lanes and 40 miles of buffered lanes as part of a 645-mile bike network. Both of us left the meeting with the impression that CDOT was upping their goal from the 100 miles of physically separated protected lanes Rahm Emanuel had promised to install within his first term. Since then we’ve been reporting CDOT plans to install 110/40 by 2015, and we’ve never gotten feedback from CDOT that this was inaccurate.

In December, the press release for the Dearborn Street two-way protected lanes made it clear that CDOT is now referring to physically separated protected lanes as “barrier-protected” and calling buffered lanes “buffer protected,” and their current goal is to install a total of 100 miles of the two different types of lanes by the end of the mayor’s first term. In the wake of this terminology shift and apparent change in plans, I asked CDOT bikeways planner Mike Amsden for some clarification about what happened to the 150 miles of proposed lanes shown on the map.

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Today’s Headlines


Man wounded by gunshot near Kinzie Street protected bike lanes (Sun-Times)

Butterfield Foods to sell coffee, sandwiches at CTA Jeff Park and Roosevelt stops (CTA Tattler)

Car injures pedestrian in south suburban Crestwod (Southtown Star)

West Side shooting victim dies while driving to hospital, blocking entrance to Eisenhower (Defender)

A guide to retailers who still have CTA passes at the old price (RedEye)

New report looks at transit oriented development opportunities in western ‘burbs (CNT)

Can “Chicagoism” lead the way for sustainable development in the future? (Urbanist)

Columnist argues against drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants (Austin Weekly News)

Could Chicago’s parking enforcement workers double as city ambassadors? (FOX)

Many of Chicago’s best bars are located on future Spoke Routes (Chicago Magazine)

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