Today’s Headlines

  • Evanston May Expand Bike-Sharing Into the ‘Burbs (Evanston Now)
  • Motorcyclist Killed in Left-Hook Crash in Woodstock (Tribune)
  • Driver Plows Into Tables at Korean Fest After Drinking Too Much Makgeolli (DNA)
  • Romanelli: “We’re Not NIMBYs, We Just Don’t Want BRT in Our Back Yard.” (DNA)
  • DNA Gives Airtime to Woman Claiming Red Light Cameras Will Endanger Children
  • Rebuild of LSD Must Take “Savage” Trail User Behavior Into Account (Chicago)
  • Niles Plans a More People-Friendly Milwaukee Avenue (Tribune)
  • Orland Park to Expand Bikeways Network (Tribune)
  • Feeling Crabby About CTA Conditions? Vote in the Crust Station Contest (RedEye)
  • Racking Your Brains for a Place to Lock Up? Request a Bike Rack (Active Trans)

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  • Anonymous

    Unless Mr. Romanelli starts listing some of the members of his coalition, and start documenting the expected costs of his solution, I am thinking that this is a one-man effort finding a very convenient mouthpiece through DNAInfo.

    Interestingly enough, among the predictable BRT-haters in the comments section, there was one comment that made sense, from Mike’s Furniture. They tried to explain what their specific concerns are. Instead of being a doomsday predictor (‘trucks “barreling” down our streets!) Mr. Romanelli should encourage the city to address specific issues on specific blocks with specific businesses. And I believe that is the approach that the city is taking.

  • CL

    Divvy stations in Evanston would be extremely popular — many, many people commute from the far north side to Northwestern University. The intercampus shuttle stops at Loyola, and there is always a large group of people waiting to get on in the morning. I think a substantial number of people would switch from driving / transit to biking if they had the Divvy option. (and that means more parking for me!)

  • Anonymous

    This is the first I’ve heard of there being exceptions to the ‘no left turns’ rule on Ashland. How will the center BRT lane coexist with those left turns?

  • Scott Sanderson

    Having walked the Purple line -> NU campus route many times, it seems like it would get a lot of divvy usage.

  • It’s not a one-man effort; Romanelli is the ringleader of a small band of disgruntled, noisy NIMBYs. However, I’m annoyed with article like this one that give airtime to Ashland-Western Coalition and their 100-signature petition without mentioning the 1,700+ Chicagoans who have signed on in support of BRT, plus the many prominent organizations, like the AARP, UIC and the Illinois Medical Campus, that are official supporters.

  • There would be coordinated traffic signals: the buses would have a red while the left-turning traffic would have a green arrow, analogous to the bike-specific signals and arrows on the Dearborn protected bike lanes.

  • Anonymous

    Regarding the DNA article and the quote from the lady claiming the cameras cause an 80% increase in accidents, is it too much to ask for a journalist to run that to ground before submitting the story. Quote it if you must, but follow it with the facts (e.g. that no such study has ever shown anything of the sort).

  • Anonymous

    I’ve struggled to find a good bike route between Loyola and Northwestern; maybe one exists that has eluded me but it’d be helpful for those commuters if there were some nicer facilities for biking that stretch.

  • Exactly.

    Or that red light camera studies and speed camera studies are remotely relevant to each other. Or that every installation of a speed camera leads to a reduction in speed of drivers who drive the monitored road.

  • Anonymous

    Despite the lack of a designated bike lane, I think Sheridan is pretty darn good. Generally wide enough, lots of bike traffic so cars are a little more used to it, not many stops, etc. The only part where it kinda sucks is between the cemetery and Loyola, but even then it’s not too bad.