Today’s Headlines for Thursday, May 7

  • CDOT Releases Details About How The Union Station Transit Center Will Work (Tribune)
  • IDOT Provides an Update on the North Lake Shore Drive Revitalization Project
  • Outbound Side of Ravenswood Stop Opens Sunday, Work on Inbound Side Starts Next Year (Sun-Times)
  • Hinz: Dorval Carter May Serve as the Fall Guy for an Upcoming CTA Fare Hike (Crain’s)
  • Konkol: Speed Kills & Cams Reduced Speeding, But That Doesn’t Mean They Increase Safety (DNA)
  • Pritzker Park, Home to CLA Placemaking Initiatives, May Become Mixed-Use Development (RedEye)
  • Far NW Side’s First People Spot Coming to Cafe Near Irving & Austin (DNA)
  • Paver & Bench by Roosevelt PBLs Have Misspellings (And the Minimalist Bench Cost $4K) (RedEye)
  • Cab Drivers Ask Naperville Officials to Regulate Ride-Sharing Companies (Tribune)
  • After Successful Campaign to Save South Chicago Velodrome, Racing Set to Resume This Summer (DNA)
  • Bicycle Maintenance and Safe Cycling Tips From Uptown Bikes (DNA)
  • Schaumburg Park District Hosting Bike Safety Rodeo for Young Kids (Tribune)

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  • ThisManIsRight

    it would be great if the velodrome could really blow out the first few weekend’s worth of summer racing, with coordinated group rides down from various locations (grant park, etc), food trucks notified ahead of time and on-site. it’d be a fun event! maybe they already plan on this…

  • what_eva

    In general, I’m for the People Spots, transferring parking for 2 cars to space for people is a good thing.

    But getting specific, too many of these seem to be free outdoor seating for a coffeeshop or restaurant that’s being covered by the city or an SSA instead of the restaurant they more-or-less serve. Sure, anyone *can* sit in these, they’re not reserved, but I suspect that’s not reality.

  • Fred

    It would be interesting to add a stipulation that they could not be built directly outside an establishment that sells food or drink. Next door is fine, but not directly in front of. That might be just enough to differentiate restaurant sidewalk seating from public seating.

    An alternative might be to add a simple sign advertising: “This public people spot brought to you by the Andersonville SSA”

  • The People Spots all have signs like that.

  • what_eva

    Do people walking by notice the signs? Or do they assume it’s seating for the place it’s outside of?

  • Here’s an example of a sign. This one’s from the one outside Heritage Bikes.