Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, October 13

  • Another Error-Filled Anti-Bike Screed From Columnist Mark Konkol (DNA)
  • Hazmat Issue Temporarily Shuts Down Metra’s BNSF Line (Tribune)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Strikes Senior in Buffalo Grove (Tribune)
  • DNA Plays Around With Divvy Data, Finds Gender Equity Is Improving
  • Brick Sidewalks Installed on Argyle; Merchants Say Construction Is Hurting Business (DNA)
  • WBEZ Looks at Chicago’s Extensive System of Alleys
  • Was That Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta Pedaling a Folder Around Wrigleyville? (Sun-Times)
  • Illinois Bike Summit Takes Place October 28 in Champaign/Urbana

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  • I’m not sure when it was but, I think anti-bike people have jumped the shark.

    My favorite: “A cynic might think those bike-sharing depots — especially the hardly used stations in Englewood that average a ride or two per month — were put there to create the illusion of fairness or to meet an unwritten South Side quota.

    There isn’t a single bike-sharing station west of Western Avenue along the Orange Line leading to the working class neighborhoods near Midway Airport, south of 76th Street along the Red Line or the Metra lines that snake connect Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood to the city center.”

    So if there’s a Divvy station in a poorer neighborhood, it’s there to create the illusion of fairness but, if there isn’t a Divvy station it’s because Emanuel favors rich neighborhoods.

    This is just another version of calling bikers both “unemployed, freeloading, hipsters” and “gentrifying, upper class, yuppies.”

    And, since his article is filled with personal attacks both general (stupid Millennial tech workers, why don’t you drive in terrible traffic like a real Chicagoan?) and specific (Gabe “Treehouse” Klein? someone help me out on that one), here’s one back at him, Mark Knokol’s beard really sucks.

  • BlueFairlane

    Another Error-Filled Anti-Bike Screed From Columnist Mark Knokol

    Is this headline purposefully written this way for the sake of irony? Because if it is, that’s funny. If not … it’s still funny, but for a different reason.

  • ohsweetnothing

    The entire concept of the article is Konkol trying to concoct a connection between CPS corruption and bikes, which is really striving for rarefied air of malice in journalism. I’m almost disappointed he didn’t go for the trifecta and throw in red light cameras while he was at it.

  • Matt F

    Man I hate Mrak Knokol

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Konkol has some valid points regarding the bike infrastructure, but what he does not take into account is how much was built by individual alderman with their ward’s menu money coordinated with nearby transportation projects.

    Konkol should also realize that a mile of bike lanes will cost the same no matter what ward (an assumption on my part), but the further out you get the bigger the wards are in land mass. I think an average ward should be 65,000 population. Bigger wards in land mass need more, not less money if you want fairness. But that fairness costs money.

    However, money is the crux of his issue and it seams that beating up the bikers is just taking the easy road. Emanuel’s big tax hike without any talk of pension reform is quite bothersome. When public servants were poorly paid, the promise of a nice pension offset their measly salaries. But teachers, cops, fireman aren’t poorly paid anymore. And the pension’s have grown
    accordingly. It is time for employee’s to contribute to their pensions and health insurance costs like employees in the private sector. There’s lots of
    people with no pension at all contributing through their tax dollars to
    pensions for the public sector employees.

    We keep throwing money at the schools and to what avail? Every year we get a new shuffle on the same old 3 card monte game. We’re top heavy in a lot of city administrative positions. Example, the fire department in Chicago has more chiefs than New York City.

    Throwing goodies to the public like bike lanes may seem like a way of making up for the outrageous tax increase we will soon have on our shoulders, and maybe that’s the point Konkol was trying to make. Emanuel hasn’t done much for us, except to tell the public, hey pay up and shut up.

  • ohsweetnothing

    The catch is a lot of the reforms you seem to be hinting at are CBA related, and we’ve all seen how things tend to go down when you go to blows with a union over CBA terms (especially teachers, police and to a lesser degree fire). Not that I have an answer, mind you, but it’s definitely not as easy as telling the unions what’s what…especially in Chicago.

    Also, white collar positions in the City can still be quite undercompensated when compared to comparable private sector positions. I know I know…cry me a river for the attorneys out there…but just another angle to consider.