Today’s Headlines

  • Automated Ticketing Starts at 3 New Park Safety Zones (DNA, Expired Meter)
  • Tribune Claims Speed Cam Revenue won’t All Be Used for Safety Programs
  • Death of Pedestrian Struck by SUV in Austin Ruled a Homicide (Tribune, DNA)
  • CTA Sued After Bus Driver Runs Over Cyclist in Lincoln Park (Keating)
  • Kevenides Takes a Gloomy Look at the State of Biking in Chicago
  • Portland’s Waterfront Highway Conversion in Could Be a Model for LSD (Active Trans)
  • Lincoln Park Is Now Blanketed With Divvy Stations (BWLP)
  • Sadly, People Have to Be Reminded to Offer Seats to Pregnant Women on CTA (Tattler)

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  • CL

    I don’t think anyone is shocked that the speed camera revenue will be used for the general budget, not for children’s safety programs. That’s not a reason to oppose speed cameras, though. Chicago needs revenue. I’m still against the cameras (but y’all already know how I feel, so I won’t go back into it) but not because of where the revenue will go — that’s not really the point.

    I never ask possibly-pregnant women if they’d like to sit. I know too many women who have had their days ruined by strangers assuming they’re pregnant. I’m also afraid of offending seniors by asking “Would you like to sit down [because you are old]?” If someone looks like they need to sit, I just get up like I was going to anyway — and I hope that if they need the seat, they’ll grab it. I’ve found that able-bodied people typically glance around to make sure nobody needs the seat before they sit, so I think it works out.

  • Kevin M

    I am sad but not surprised to learn about the CTA bus hitting a cyclist. I’ve had a few very close encounters with 56 (Milwaukee) bus drivers. I know they probably have to deal with inconsiderate motorists & cyclists and other stresses that come with their job, but they are professional drivers/operators who simply should know better. I just hope that the cyclist comes out of rehab okay, and that the CTA cracks down on these lousy bus drivers. Go get ’em, Keating Law Offices!

  • Anne A

    Passengers need to be reminded to give up seats for folks with disabilities, too. I long ago lost count of the number of times I’ve seen someone with crutches or a cane being ignored by able-bodied people occupying the handicap seats. Sometimes the person on crutches was me.

    When I’ve asked for a seat, too often the person giving up a seat was an elderly man, and snotty women in fur coats filled the handicap seats, refusing to even acknowledge that anyone might need those spots.

  • Joseph Musco

    I think many CTA riders use the method you describe, 1) take periodic looks around the bus, 2) if you think you see somebody who needs a seat more than you, try to use verbal and non-verbal communication to “swap” your seat for person standing — because you are getting off soon, because you are tired of sitting, because whatever. Don’t make getting up about your own generosity or the other person’s situation.

  • CL

    “Don’t make getting up about your own generosity or the other person’s situation.”

    Exactly. That’s a great way of putting it. In an ideal world, people would leave the priority seats available so that nobody even had to ask to sit. But since that never happens, it’s just up to able-bodied people to recognize that when a train gets crowded, other people likely need those seats (even if you can’t necessarily identify them on sight). Then it’s time to stand like your stop is coming up, whether it really is or not.

  • Ted King

    It’s interesting how Portland’s waterfront highway conversion in 1974 set a precedent for the subsequent conversion of S.F.’s Embarcadero Freeway (CA-480) following the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. For those who follow the Congress for the New Urbanism‘s highway teardown round-up here’s a link to their page on Portland’s Harbor Drive :

    http://www.cnu.org/highways/portland

    NB – All references to “Portland” above are to the one in Oregon.

  • what_eva

    It’s worth noting that a big reason why Harbor Drive didn’t have much traffic and was torn down is because they built (and still have) I-5 directly across the river. So, while it still took them 8 years to tear down Harbor Drive (I-5 was completed in 1966), I think Portland is getting a little too much credit for (effectively) moving the waterfront highway to the other side of the river. Also, it wasn’t closed until after I-405 was completed as well (on the west side of downtown

    Is it nicer having the highway on the east side among warehouses and industrial instead of the west side near downtown commercial? Sure. Is Portland much better off with the waterfront it has now instead of a highway? Sure. But this is not like the Embarcadero where a waterfront highway was simply torn down without some other road being previously to handle the traffic volume.