Today’s Headlines

  • Preckwinkle Send CMAP A Letter Voicing Opposition to Illiana Tollway (Crain’s)
  • High-Speed Rail Gets $102 Million in Illinois State Funding (Progress Illinois)
  • 2 Defendants in Red Light Cam Bribery Case Plead Not Guilty (Tribune)
  • 8-Month-Old Girl Survives After Man Rolls SUV Over Her During Dispute (Sun-Times)
  • Lawsuit Filed in the Wake of O’Hare Shuttle Bus Crash (RedEye)
  • After a Death on the Hickory Creek Trail, Safety Campaign Launched (Tribune)
  • Huh? Bicycling Magazine Ranks Chicago Above Portland for Bikeability (Bike Portland)
  • CTA Plans to Ban E-Cigs (RedEye)
  • Non-Functioning Divvy Docks Can Be a Nuisance (Sun-Times)
  • Here’s a Commuting Bike for Stand-Up Guys (and Gals) (Crain’s)
  • Where Are the Hot Spots for Fire Hydrant Tickets? (DNA)

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  • Dobby

    $102 million wasted on fake high speed rail to shave 10 mins tops off the travel time of a 5 hour trip.

  • Kevin M

    Another Crain’s article with an alternative transportation news item: http://s.coop/1uzzr

    It appears that a developer of business office space has plans to build a bicycle bridge on to Goose Island in the ROW where Ogden used to continue north-east towards (and over) the island. They are investigating the possibility for getting some public funds for this.

    This could be a big development as far as setting a new precedent for building ped/cycling bridges over the city. Too often, cyclists are forced to take major, heavy-traffic roadways (Fullerton, Ashland, Belmont, etc) to cross the river. These traffic funnels greatly constrain safe cycling routes. There are a few exceptions (Damen’s bridge) where cycling traffic has been accommodated, but in most cases, there is no accommodation at these funnels and the risk to cycling across the river is a risky impediment to biking in Chicago.

  • Jeff H

    Divvy says that people aren’t waiting long enough for the bikes to dock. That is certainly not the case most of the times I’ve encountered the issue. There have been many times where the docks are just straight up broken and will not accept the bike no matter how long I wait for it. It’s easy to tell a the difference between a dock that when you push it in and it is “processing” and one that is dead on arrival. They are giving the easy answer here, explaining away a problem by attributing it to user error.

    Even if it is user error, the docking process should be consistent no matter which dock you use. If a user is able to successfully dock the bike most of the time, why should they have to wait longer for it to do other times? That’s just bad user experience.

    I’ve also encountered the problem where you never get the green light, it just stays perpetually yellow. I’ve waited upwards of 3 minutes waiting for it to turn green, but it never did. I was sure the bike was locked because I couldn’t remove it, but I never got the reassuring visual confirmation.

  • Anne A

    I’ve been having similar experiences, and I started using Divvy right at last year’s launch date. Dock problems have become increasingly frequent this year – docks not accepting bikes (either it doesn’t go in at all, or no green light/locking), and I’m sometimes unable to take out bike, even if light is not red. The latter happened to me today, and an adjacent dock worked.

  • skyrefuge

    Divvy (Greenberger) seemed to be solving a different problem than you and Steinberg are having. Greenberger seemed to be suggesting that the locks can close shut without a bike in them, thus preventing any future bikes from entering the dock (though yes, it seems weird that the system would even allow the lock to stay closed without a bike in it). You guys are seeing the opposite, locks that are open and never close.

    And just a reminder (since I still see plenty of people who don’t know this): lift the rear wheel of the Divvy 4-6 inches to remove it from the dock. I also lift the rear wheel when I return it to the dock, even though that’s not mentioned in the official instructions. Seems to make it easier for me to get the bike back in, but that might just be psychological. Anyway, with the way some people wrestle to get the bikes out and slam them back in, it’s not terribly shocking that some of the locks need some fixing after a year!

  • I love that the accompanying photo of the Hickory Creek Trail safety story is a dude on a recumbent trike.

    Falling is a thing, though. It happens.

  • JeffParkNIMBY

    Yes, the state will need that money to cover the private “partnership” costs of the Illiana expressway. Current estimates will be $440 million to $1 billion. Money well spent on an expressway that no one asked for. http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/131806/staff+rec+doc.pdf/921c6499-e32e-4811-83c3-fdf772bbf8c7

  • R.A. Stewart

    I hope we send some love (or anyway some messages of thanks and support) to County Board Pres. Preckwinkle for keeping the fight going against the Illiana boondoggle.

  • Dobby

    That’s in no way relevant to this. i too think it’s a waste of money. yay!

  • Christine Price

    After you insert your bike into a working dock, go back to the malfunctioning one and insert your keyfob. This often fixes the problem. I learned this from a Divvy employee who as pumping tires.

  • Christine Price

    After you insert your bike into a working dock, go back to the malfunctioning one and insert your keyfob. This often fixes the problem. I learned this from a Divvy employee who as pumping tires.

    I’m not certain what causes it, as some particular docks seem more prone to it than others (I’m looking at you, spot that is one or two to the left of the Clark/Waveland station computer)

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