Today’s Headlines for Monday, August 17

  • Aldermen Propose Gas Tax, Congestion Pricing, Uber Surcharge & Bicycle Tax (Sun-Times)
  • Transit Future Could Fund Extension of Blue Line to Schaumburg & Lombard (Active Trans)
  • Super-Low Gas Prices “Soar” by 50 Cents After Equipment Failure at Refinery (Crains)
  • Driver Charged With Homicide After Crash That Terminated Woman’s Pregnancy (CBS)
  • 4 Officers Hurt After Crashing Squad Cars During Chase in West Pullman (Tribune)
  • Man Facing Trial for Simpsons-Inspired Graffiti in Naperville Also Charged With DUI (Tribune)
  • Cyclists Ignoring “No Bikes” on Naperville Riverwalk, Perhaps Because Nearest Street Is 5 Lanes (Tribune)
  • Riverwalk Has Hazards for the Visually Impaired, Including That Guy With Awesome Suits (North Loop)
  • CDOT: Google Maps-Powered App Helped Us Save $25 Million in Construction Costs (Curbed)
  • Cab Company Official Pleads Guilty to Laundering Title of Wrecked Taxi (Sun-Times)
  • Important Hearing for Hector Avalos Case This Thursday (The Chainlink)

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  • R.A. Stewart

    Regarding the Sun-Times tax article, I’d say the only one of those many ideas that is inevitable is a very substantial property tax increase. Everyone except good friends of Joe Berrios should be feeling a little sick right now.

    But the bike tax? The idea that, as Steven explained nearly two years ago, makes no sense? That will “discourage people from using a healthy, affordable mode of transport” and “cost more to administer and enforce than it would generate in fees” (Steven’s words) and, incidentally, hit low-income riders hardest and create yet another pretext for police harassment of minorities and young males? In Chicago, that’s gotta be a contender for the “absolutely senseless, therefore absolutely certain to happen” award.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Again, Transit Future is not funding anything. It’s the taxpayers funding these projects and funding Transit Future. And when you have all these different transit advocacy groups making proposals for their pet projects or just to get a project into their doors that they can put their stamp on, means once again you have nothing coordinated and everything piecemeal.

  • In that suntimes article (first link) i wonder how people can write these things with a straight face, “And if the number of traffic lanes available to motor vehicles was shrinking to make way for cyclists, there should be some responsibility that accompanies those benefits.”

    Should we start to compare the miles of bike lanes with the miles of streets in the city?

  • tooch

    i’m a driver out of necessity who, admittedly, gets frustrated (at times) with the road diets and changes that are benefiting cyclists…but i agree that a bike tax is totally stupid. if anything, we should offer incentives to people to ride more. (and yes, my attitude and comments may seem at odds, but i’ve come to terms with it!).

  • R.A. Stewart

    You’re not the only one in that position. I am a driver myself; as you say, out of necessity; and at times I feel a little like an impostor here, though I don’t pretend to be a regular cyclist. But my grown and college-age kids who are in the city ride often, and in fact over the years one of them has had a bike damaged and two have been injured–not too seriously, fortunately–by our city’s combination of inadequate infrastructure and lousy and irresponsible drivers. So I still have a personal stake, even if I never get my creaking old bones on my Raleigh again.

    More to the point, I think we both recognize that a city more hospitable to riding (and to walking and transit) is a better city for all of us to live in.

  • Most bike lanes didn’t convert an existing travel lane. In most cases the travel lanes were narrowed to the right widths, widths they should have been in the first place.

  • “Google Maps-Powered App” – wow, great promotion for Google Maps. This application really has nothing to do with Google making a map. The base map could have come from anywhere. The real story, and which should have been the headline, is that the cost savings were made by coordinating, which was helped by putting a bird on it…I mean putting stuff on a map.