Today’s Headlines

  • Divvy Launching Friday; Stations Along Hawks Parade Route Will Open Later (Tribune)
  • Additional Service, Bus Re-Routes, $5 Metra Rides During Hawks Parade
  • Aldermen: Emanuel Dragging His Feet on Free Sunday Parking Exemptions (DNA)
  • Yet Another Cyclist Doored on Non-PBL Milwaukee Avenue (DNA)
  • Officials: “Patent Trolls” Targeted Metra (Tribune)
  • CDOT Considering Sidewalk Bike Lanes on Roosevelt, an IDOT Road (DNA)
  • Man Killed in Kane County SUV Rollover (Tribune)
  • 4 Hurt In Pullman Crash Involving CTA Bus and Garbage Truck (DNA)
  • Tunney: No Ped Bridge for Wrigley Hotel Over Clark Street (Tribune)
  • Architecture Firm Proposes Building a Suspended Park Over the Kennededy (DNA)
  • “Close Calls” Website Will Document Dangerous Spots for Cyclists (Chainlink)
  • Is Chicago Bike Infrastructure Still Just “Political Sweet Talk”? (Transitized)

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  • Scott Sanderson

    I still haven’t received my Divvy key/card even though I signed up on the first day. My shirt showed up yesterday. Anyone else still waiting for the key?

  • That’s odd. Let me put out some feelers on this…

  • Here you go. Per @DivvyBikes: All keys for members who ordered before Tues of this week have gone out. Issue may be on post office side. Members without keys can contact our Customer Service and we’ll send out a new one: bit.ly/15JoMnL

  • Scott Sanderson

    thanks John

  • Ah, you linked to me. That part of the quote stuck out at me. I think until we see more progress and a real push for connected bike networks that actually *function* as connected bike networks, bike lanes are just sweet talk. There needs to be a way to get to any location in the city by way of protected bike lane for the majority of the route, just like drivers can get anywhere in the city using mostly major roads and only having to use local roads toward the beginning/end of their journey.

  • Christopher Murphy

    I don’t think this point can be emphasized enough. The Milwaukee PBL was nice but didn’t go nearly far enough. North of Ogden is where it is really needed. Same with Elston. A PBL where it is not really needed that goes into a bike lane that is disappearing and through a death trap intersection at Ashland. When they redid the bridge on Halsted just south of Grand, they doubled the car lanes and took out the bike lane. Now everyone is riding on a broken side walk. Until some of these issues are fixed this Grand Design Bike Scheme is woefully inadequet. We only have fragments of a bike network.

  • Regarding Halsted Street bridge between Grand and Fulton…

    The two travel lanes in each direction have always been there. There has never been a bike lane here. The sidewalk was renovated last year.

    Prior to 2004, there were sharrows on the bridge of a really old design (the bike in the house). This was before the sharrow design was standardized and accepted nationally. These were left to disappear and never replaced with the current design (two chevrons and a bicycle symbol).

  • I was going to write about the Milwaukee PBL since I went out of my way to take it to work last week and I was not even sure of what all the excitement was. It isn’t really that great and it’s short. And the part where it “connects” to Kinzie is badly designed. Bike traffic should not be guided to move across vehicle traffic in such a short amount of space. They should be instructed to veer right and turn 90 degrees to get onto Kinzie. It is not a good lane.

  • Christopher Murphy

    @stevevance:disqus You are correct. The point being there was a big missed opportunity on Halsted. It was bad both before and after the construction. I detour on Green St.

    @shaunjacobsen:disqus Agreed about the Milwaukee PBL being not so great. It definitely is an improvement, but it was on the safest section of Milwaukee. Not as many parked cars and the road was wide enough that passing cars kept a good distance from cyclists. I didn’t need it nearly as badly as some sort of improvement further north.

  • Since I “found” Green Street half a decade ago, I’ve ridden on Halsted Street at a ratio of 1:10 in favor of Green Street.

  • The best improvement are at Grand/Halsted, bringing the bike lane TO and THROUGH the intersection.
    The second best improvement was removing the door zones under the viaduct between Hubbard and Kinzie.
    The third best improvement is removing the door zone at NB Milwaukee and Elston and removing the center bike lane where many drivers turn right.

    The merge from curbside bike lane on SB Milwaukee to center bike lane to turn left onto EB Kinzie was not improved.

  • Elliott Mason

    The one that gets me is the estimated sub-$200M pricetag for roofing the Kennedy over with a park, downtown. This is such a massive gamechanger for walkability in the whole region, reconnecting Greektown with the Loop, and raising property values sky-high that if the city can’t find the money for it (using TIF funds, for example, or public-private partnerships) they deserve a Gibbs-slap, big time.

  • There are definitely improvements and getting bike infrastructure go go _through_ the intersection is really important. I’m just skeptical of the “8-to-80” at this point. Now it just seems that they’re still catering to more experienced and comfortable cyclists.

  • Klein said he wanted to create a balance in the infrastructure on Milwaukee, to cater to those who ride fixies fast, and those who ride whatever the opposite of a fixie is slow.

  • The opposite of a fixie is a Divvy.

  • Touché!