Today’s Headlines

  • Police: Cyclist Killed in Brown Line Train Crash While Trying to Cross Tracks (Tribune)
  • Power Outage Caused Blue Line Delays Yesterday (DNA)
  • Overly Wide Lane Widths on Kedzie Encourage Speeding (BWLS)
  • DUI Stings in Rogers Park This Weekend (DNA)
  • Active Trans Helps Funston School Launch Safe Route Program
  • Andersonville May Be Getting DIY Bike Repair Stations (DNA)
  • Quinn & Rauner Will Discuss Planning Issues at August 28 MPC Event
  • Driver Successfully Contests 3 Red Light Tickets (Tribune)
  • Metra, South Shore Banning Booze for Thursday’s Grant Park World Cup Party (Fox)

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  • Katja

    Any story behind that “thing you put your foot and hand on so you don’t have to dismount” (technical term) that popped up in the northbound bike lane at Ogden and Milwaukee yesterday?

  • Nothing published yet, but we’ll provide some info on it soon.

  • BlueFairlane

    By your own convention, wouldn’t the cyclist have been struck by a Brown Line driver?

  • Mishellie

    Wha?

  • Katja

    It’s really cool! It had some signage on it that I don’t recall (maybe mybikeadvocate or something) and the words “…And Justice for All” in a Metallica-like font. It was comfy, too!

  • Mishellie

    Is it a… railing? Or something?

  • Katja
  • Katja

    Rad. I hope more of them pop up elsewhere, the corner of Elston and Milwaukee (northbound) would be super for one!

  • Kevin M

    I can see your point.

    However, the fact that automobiles can be practically driven in any direction (making them far less predictable to other road users) while a train is on a fixed, pre-determine route makes some difference when determining & identifying vehicle operator responsibility.

  • BlueFairlane

    My understanding is that the whole “robot car” argument isn’t about assigning responsibility, as the “driver hit pedestrian” construct is used regardless of who may have been at fault. It’s not a robot train. That train had a driver.

  • As a practical matter all a train driver can do is hit the brakes, and trains hardly stop on a dime. The report said the cyclist went around closed gates.

  • Alex_H

    Intuitively, it seems strange to me to say, “The driver of the train hit the cyclist” unless one is trying to convey deliberateness.

    It makes me realize why people say “the car hit the cyclist”–because they drive, and they know a driver would never (well, almost never) intentionally hit a cyclist.

    We on Streetsblog are into the idea that if a driver is careless, the driver hit the cyclist. But I see why not everyone goes there instinctively.

  • Fred

    Does Streetsblog pay royalties to the NRA for using “Cars don’t kill people. People kill people”?

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    It would certainly be interesting to find out if the cyclist had ear phones on. Considering it happened in the middle of the night with less ambient street noise, even if he didn’t see the train, one must wonder why he didn’t hear it.

    I see a lot of cyclists with ear phones.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Feel sorry for the train driver. A few years back there was an article in the Tribune about “Metra-cide”, people who deliberately walk in from the the Metra trains or sit on the tracks. Part of the article was about how traumatized the Metra engineers were when someone did this.

  • Anne A

    I share your sympathy. A few years ago, a good friend was on the head car of a CTA train that was pulling into a station when a guy jumped from the platform in front of it. The train operator was severely traumatized. I’ve heard similar accounts from Metra conductors after a train hit someone.

  • Fair game; I’ve edited the headline.

  • Mishellie

    Oh wow that’s pretty cool. Maybe I’ll take grand home instead of Chicago and check it out ! :) My newly-clipless self would certainly like those everywhere.

  • Mishellie

    … Im pretty sure it’s a silly point either way because the gates were down. I don’t think not hearing a train is the first thing that went wrong.

  • Ryan Wallace

    A cyclist with headphones can certainly hear more around them than drivers in almost all new vehicles.