Today’s Headlines

  • Children’s Librarian on Bike Killed by Motorcyclist on Evanston PBL Street; No Citations (CBS)
  • CTA Adding Service for Its First Ventra-Only July 4 (RedEye)
  • A Seattle Perspective on Kubly’s Appointment to Head of SDOT (Crosscut)
  • Driver Led Police on 80 MPH Chase on Milwaukee in Jeff Park (DNA)
  • AAIM Report: Naperville Is Top Suburb for DUI Arrests (Tribune)
  • An Evanston Alderman Wants Mandatory Licensing for Bikes (Evanston Now)
  • Coverage of Steven Vance & Ryan Lakes’ “Curbee” Bike Footrest (RedEye, ChicagoInno)
  • Divvy Traffic Pattern Map shows Most Popular Routes (DNA)
  • Lincoln Square Divvy Users Generally Staying in the Neighborhood (DNA)
  • … While Logan Square to Wicker Park Is a Popular Route (DNA)

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  • duppie

    Maybe I missed something in that Divvy pattern map, but I did not see routes. What I did see was destination stations based on the starting station you selected. This doesn’t tell me the most popular route.

  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    Unless you put tracking devices on the bikes, how would you know the exact route someone took?

  • The map gives routes in the general sense of noting that people who check out bikes at station A tend to dock them at station B.

  • Sausage king of Chicago

    Why is this curbee thing a story? And why is it’s coverage lasting so many days? It’s a completely unnecessary piece of bike furniture and is non-story through and through.

  • Fred

    re Evanston Cyclist:
    1) The article states she turned across traffic mid-block and hit the motorcyclist. If true, the motorcyclist didn’t do anything wrong and should not be cited. Just because a person died in a collision with a motorized vehicle does not mean the motorized vehicle operator did anything wrong. I feel sorry for the motorcyclist the same way I feel bad for Metra engineers operating trains involved in suicides.
    2) What does her occupation have anything to do with anything? As long as she wasn’t a prostitute or drug dealer working her corner, what does it matter if she was a children’s librarian or nurse or accountant or software engineer or professional eater?

  • I wrote something about the Curbee last week becuase I thought it would interest our readers, and it did — it was one of our most widely read and shared articles of all time. Other publications seem to have just caught wind of the footrest in the last day or so, hence the recent flurry of coverage.

    Here’s another article about the Curbee from Atlantic Cities: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/07/the-curbee-invites-cyclists-to-rest-at-the-red-light/373774/ CBS also called this morning looking for info about the Curbee, so look for TV coverage later today.

  • Alex_H

    I believe the bikes do have GPS, but I think maybe it is “latent” as opposed to “active” GPS–i.e., the Divvy command center does not have a screen showing the up-to-the-second movement of all Divvy bikes, but, if a bike goes missing, they can “ping” the bike to try to find it.

    Anyone know if that’s right?

  • The headline that the bicyclist “hit” the motorcyclist raises a red flag — it’s pretty difficult for a low-speed vehicle to hit a high-speed one in a configuration like this, and if it did happen, it probably wouldn’t result in the death of the bicyclist, so it’s likely the opposite is true. The cyclist isn’t alive to give her side of the story.

    The citywide speed limit for Evanston is 25 mph, and this is a downtown block. Studies show that people struck at 20 mph almost always survive, while those struck at 30 have about a 50/50 chance of survival. The fact that a fatality occurred suggests the motorcyclist may have been speeding.

    I mentioned the victim’s profession to note that this tragedy is a particular loss for the community. The crash happened across the street from the Evanston Public Library, where she worked.

  • That’s correct.

  • To whoever made the California @ 21st to Cannon / Fullerton run 31 times last year… I salute you. And hope you made it in less than 35 minutes.

  • Fred

    I disagree. If I’m riding down Franklin in the loop and turn across traffic without checking the lane first (not a far fetched scenario), I can see bad things happening to me even if the vehicle I didn’t see in the lane was traveling at 25mph.

    I just can’t default assume that she had no fault in the collision. Even if the motorcyclist was traveling at 30-35mph (not a far fetched scenario) a person cannot just lunge themselves into traffic and then blame traffic for getting hit.

    So if she had been a a dime-a-dozen accountant it would have been less tragic?

  • BlueFairlane

    You have to include the velocity of the bicycle in the equation. Unless you know the speed and direction of both vehicles, you can’t know the relative speed at which the bicyclist was impacted. Even at the speed limit, the combined velocities could result in a relative speed differential well above 25 mph.

  • duppie

    Exactly. But the DNA headline said it showed routes. I guess I fell for another click-baity headline.

  • duppie

    John, that is the most creative definition of a route I heard in a long while :)

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    The headline says one thing. The body of the story says she crossed into the path of the motorcycle. Speed could have been a factor, but you don’t know. Being broadsided means there probably was both injuries sustained in the collision and the resulting fall. Perhaps for all bikers that roll the red lights and stop signs, they should realize it only takes a blink of an eye to misjudge.

  • skyrefuge

    I thought it was a poorly-written and flat-out wrong headline too. Except it seems like the map-creator DOES think it shows “routes” (when he squints his eyes and makes all sorts of assumptions), so the headline actually fits the article; it’s more the article/map-creator that’s wrong then.

    But yeah, from the headline I also got fooled into thinking it was somehow a new set of Divvy-data that would show *actual* routes much like the Strava headmaps do. And since the the Strava heatmaps are pretty much the most awesome thing ever, it got me all excited. Well, luckily there is still Strava to show the popular routes (or, at least, roads/paths/shortcuts) in Chicago:

    http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12/-87.70352/41.94378/yellow/bike

  • Anne A

    It seems like there’s a missing piece or two in the news story about this tragic death, because the pieces we’re given don’t quite add up.

    The block where the crash occurred has a long history of crossing, conflicting traffic, with lots of turning traffic from Church onto Orrington, a very active driveway at the hotel across from the library, and a driveway to the library parking lot opposite the hotel. I grew up and went to college in Evanston, and later lived in Rogers Park for 10 years, so this location is very familiar to me.

    Regardless of who is at fault, it’s a sad loss for Evanston. Children’s librarians have a special place in the lives of so many families.

  • It’s sort of the physics-class “total” of the bike’s vector. It may have wiggled around a lot in between, but it was checked out at A and ended up at B, so that much movement is provable. :->

  • BlueFairlane

    I have a strong suspicion that the missing piece is a little more gruesome than anybody really wants to report.

  • Did I miss the Streetsblog coverage of plans to narrow Milwaukee between Elston and Lawrence? http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140703/jefferson-park/milwaukee-avenue-bike-lane-plans-draw-fire

    Interesting that it’s happening between those two cross-streets, as that’s where Pulaski’s being worked on too. Is there some kind of an east-west stripe of the city being considered as a whole?

  • Anne A

    I was referring to details about traffic movement, not gory details, which do NOT need to be publicized.

  • Nope, we’ll have something up soon.

  • CL

    Be careful, because mandatory bike licenses is exactly the kind of thing that Evanston would pull. They love to micromanage everyone with ridiculous requirements. Parking there is horrible.

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