Today’s Headlines for Monday, November 23

  • In the Wake of Tribune’s War on Speed Cameras, State Rep Calls for Ban on All Cams (NBC)
  • Trolley Driver Makes Illegal Right Turn on Red, Killing Woman Crossing With the Light (RedEye)
  • Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Injured Man Near Lemont (Sun-Times)
  • 5 Injured When Ambulance & SUV Collide in Streamwood (Tribune)
  • Companies Promote Ride-Share as a “Last Mile” Solution for Transit Trips (Tribune)
  • More Than 150K Cars Have Been Cleared for Ride-Share in Chicago (DNA)
  • High School Student: CTA Should Do More to Prevent Sexual Harassment & Assaults (Tribune)
  • Women Bike Chicago Hopes to Close the Divvy Gender Gap (DNA)
  • If You Missed Active Trans‘ Annual Meeting, You Can Still Get Involved With Their Campaigns
  • The History of Oscar Wastyn Cycles, Chicago’s Oldest Bike Shop (Bikeurious)
  • The 606 Is a Winter Wonderland (Chicagoist)
  • It’s That Time of Year Again: CTA Announces Holiday Train Schedule (Curbed)

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  • BlueFairlane

    I live close to Oscar Wastyn Cycles, and I went there once for an emergency tire fix when I had to get someplace fast. They were as quick as I needed them to be, and I’d probably have gone there more often, except they have a very loose relationship with the regular business hours they have posted. They’re never open when I think they’ll be.

  • Marc Dreyfuss

    “The woman, 42, was in the intersection legally and had the signal to cross, authorities said…The driver of the trolley, a 49-year-old woman, was issued a citation for striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk.”

    Yup.

    Was this one of those tourist trolleys?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Yes it was. Hopefully, we’ll have more details soon.

  • Aiden Nicole K.

    Hey! Author here – Oscar Jr. said that it’s always best to call the shop between October and April to make sure they’re in the shop when you need them to be and to not rely on the hours as much during these times. He mentioned that if it’s a slow day or they aren’t getting any business, they tend to shut the shop to conserve costs in the colder months.

  • Cameron Puetz

    It sounds like the park district is really over thinking winter sports on the 606. The blue strips that they’ve already announced won’t be cleared of snow are the perfect width for classic cross country skiing. All they have to do is announce that the running side paths are open for cross country skiing and people will come. If they want to do more, work with the same people they work with to put on skiing events at Northerly Island to put on events at the access parks to introduce new people to skiing. If the park district really wants to encourage winter sports, run a groomer to set tracks on the running paths after they plow the concrete path.

  • BlueFairlane

    I think it’s more complicated than you think, and there are difficulties with your plan that would have to be settled and conveyed very clearly to the trail users. The biggest question I see in your scenario is determining where people are supposed to walk. Do you want them on the ski side or the bike side? Do you expect them to shift back and forth based on who’s behind them (which won’t happen)? And how do you make sure everybody knows where they’re supposed to be and who they’re supposed to be sharing space with?

    There’s also the question of snow shoes, which have spikes that will tear the heck out of the rubberized surface anyplace under less than an inch of snow. Ideally if you wanted to allow snow shoes, you’d want them over concrete. Which means you don’t plow, which means you don’t want bikes. I could see the parks district deciding to not plow after a big storm and opening it up solely to skiers and snow shoe people for a while, but the bike folk will get mad, and you’d have to communicate it very loudly to all parties.

  • Cameron Puetz

    Since most people wouldn’t choose to walk in the snow, most walkers are going to be on the concrete with the cyclists regardless of whether or not there are skiers. Under the current plan, no one is using the blue rubber during the winter because out is snowed under. Allowing skiers on it doesn’t change how cyclists and pedestrians share the plowed area. Adding snow shoes would complicate things because they require a wider path.

  • BlueFairlane

    Well, again, you have to make it clear to walkers that you want them on the plowed portion. In my personal observation over the last few days, while most people are walking in the plowed portion, you still have a lot of walkers in unplowed portions. The sheer number of footprints in the snow indicates a lot of foot traffic. Additionally, the unplowed portion works out to be very narrow and rough, with a sharp drop on the right side. Many cross-country skiers I’ve observed in other places take up more space than that, and they have to have someplace to put their poles.

    I think this is a situation of the path trying to be too many things to too many people. I don’t see that there’s space to accommodate the bike transport folks, the walkers, and the winter sports people all at the same time without a lot of conflict.

  • Anne A

    I’m getting REALLY tired of the Trib’s blasting headlines every day about speed cameras. Yes, the program is flawed. Yes, the city’s choice to do it “for the children” and exclude other vulnerable users was *not* a smart one.

    The bottom line is that speeding drivers are bullies on our roads, and the Tribune is defending bullying behavior. I’d love to see them take a more positive approach and take an the increasingly well documented elephant in the room: speeding in our neighborhoods.

  • Jeremy

    Who has been doing the reporting & research for these Tribune articles? Are they suburbanites?

  • Jeremy

    If a woman is in a crosswalk, and someone hits her with a 2×4 causing her to die, wouldn’t that person be arrested and charged with murder? Why should hitting a woman with a car (or trolley) be different?

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Where are you going to put the snow when its shovelled? If you shovel it to the side you may create un even surface that no good to walkers on the side, skiier, snow shoers. Bikers who want to use the 606 in the winter are going to have to face the fact that its not always going to be a clean fast ride and yield to walkers.

  • If urea is used instead of salt, you can shovel it over into the landscaped verges and just pile it up. It melts off in the spring, no problem.

    When shovelling my walk, I put the excess snow on my lawn in heaps. Same idea.

  • Anne A

    That seems likely. They certainly aren’t people who live or spend time in the affected neighborhoods.