Today’s Headlines

  • Citizens Vent About Ventra at CTA Budget Hearing (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • A Sarcastic Guide to the Benefits of Ventra (HuffPo)
  • Active Trans Leads Study to Improve the Illinois Prairie Path
  • Man dies in Rollover Crash on Dan Ryan at 87th (Tribune)
  • Charges Filed Against Trucker Who Fell Asleep at Wheel, Killing Trooper (Tribune)
  • Vet Stops Woman’s Suicide Attempt at Argyle Station (CBS)
  • Local Responses to “Is It OK to Kill Cyclists?” (Steven Can Plan, Tiny Fix)
  • Can Handlebar Cams Save the Day in Bike Crash Cases? (Crain’s)
  • Parking Ticket Geek Provides Tips on Fighting Fines (DNA)
  • Former ‘L’ Racing Champ Adham Fisher Wants to Set Record on Boston’s T (Boston)
  • CTA Using Social Media to Track Down Woman Who Left Alligator at O’Hare (Tribune)
  • Yep, Somebody Recorded a (Slightly NSFW) Ventra Rap Song (RedEye)

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  • duppie

    Setting ‘L’ records is so yesterday. Setting Divvy records is the new challenge.

  • mhls

    The Crain’s comment section is a laugh.

    Those folks are really upset that the world is changing around them. Why cling so mightily to car centric worldview?

  • Great idea. What are you proposing?

  • @johnaustingreenfield:disqus, how did you answer that CCC member’s question about opposition to new transportation infrastructure? It was funny the way you said it.

  • duppie

    It will be a much more interesting challenge than ā€˜Lā€™ records, due to the number of stations. There are two basic approaches to it:

    1. You can do it the enduro-athletic way. Just ride like the wind until you hit all 300 (for now).

    2. You can do it the mathematic way and find the shortest route, i.e. approach it as the travelling salesman problem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelling_salesman_problem). This would require GIS skills combined with linear programming skills.

    My vote goes to Steven Vance. He has GIS skills and he enjoys riding a ridiculously heavy bike. So he is well prepared ;)

  • Anna Schibrowsky

    How about a Divvy poker run?

  • Someone asked something like, “Does it seem like Chicagoans tend to oppose changes in transportation infrastructure,” and I said, “Chicagoans tend to oppose changes.”

  • I cannot comfortably ride a Divvy more than a mile or two, as it’s too short (while the seat can rise to make for the right leg extension, the handlebars become too far to reach) and the low gearing makes me go…nowhere…fast…

  • Alex_H

    Who said anything about comfort, Steven? Do you want the glory or not??? :)

  • Nah!

  • Ryan Wallace

    Given the size of the system, I don’t think the “visiting every station” challenge will ever be feasible (both logistically and physically). I would say the best challenge would be to dock at as many stations (without repeats) as possible in 24 hours without any fines. This would mean that both members and non members could participate, and the data that Divvy provides makes this pretty easy to verify. This still involves some of the skills @duppie:disqus was eluding to, as the user would have to find the best possible route to maximize stations, while never traveling more than 30 minutes on any one bike. I don’t think you need to worry about users breaking laws in attempt to go too fast, because 24 hours is still a marathon, not a sprint.

  • Fred

    That’s a good point. With 300 stations, you would have to hit a station every 4 minutes and 48 seconds to hit them all in 24 hours. Realistically it would take 30+ hours to hit them all, especially if the rule was to check in, check out and photograph yourself at each stop. If the program expands to 475 stations including Oak Park and Evanston, you are really talking unrealistic logistics. You could still do the challenge, but it would either have to be a relay, or have sleeping breaks and take 3 days.

  • Ryan Wallace

    No need for photos like other challenges, Divvy data would confirm each docking. (CTA challenge can include free transfers, that would otherwise go undocumented)

  • Anna Schibrowsky

    This is some thing I’d like to do, but I’m not down for any 30-hour marathons, alley-cat-like racing, or fatal-Strava-segment-type stuff. Completely selfishly, I propose stages – either X stations (50?) or X hours (5?) – with stage winners as well as an overall record-holder.

  • For those who are interested in a communal Divvy experience but don’t want to race, it looks like there may be a Divvy-centric bike-for-beer (and then take transit or a taxi home afterwards) event in the near future. We’ll keep you posted.

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