During Gabe Klein’s tenure as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, he was a champion for safer streets and better travel options. The many groundbreaking initiatives Klein helped roll out during his time in the Windy City included Divvy, protected bike lanes, the Bloomingdale Trail, pedestrian safety improvements, speed cameras, and bus rapid transit.
Change can be controversial, and other local news outlets were often quick to attack these new projects. While Streetsblog Chicago doesn’t hesitate to point out when the city government makes a misstep, Steven Vance and I were there to show how improvements to walking, biking, and transit are wins for the whole city. And, whether it was the Tribune predicting that the bike-share system would be a flop, or the Sun-Times suggesting that BRT will create a traffic nightmare, we pointed out when our colleagues at the dailies got the story wrong.
Before he stepped down as commish in November, Klein had some kind words about our site:
Streetsblog has raised the bar in Chicago for journalism when it comes to transportation issues. The traditional media now knows they can’t report half-truths without being called on it, and more importantly, there is proactive positive information coming out that tells a story that [CDOT] often can’t.
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