Today’s Headlines for Monday, January 4

  • West Town Bikes’ Director: Chicago Will Be Better in 2016 if More People Cycle (RedEye)
  • Several Injured After Driver Hits CTA Bus on LSD Shoulder, Swerves Into Traffic (Tribune)
  • Motorist Crashes Through Storefront of Bridgeport Doughnut Shop (Twitter)
  • Driving Laws For 2016 Include a Fine for Parking in Electric Vehicle Spots (Expired Meter)
  • RFMA Continues to Campaign Against Planned Buffered Lanes on Lake Street (Gazette)
  • Chainlink Members Discuss the Planned Divvy Price Hike
  • Meet the Voice Actor Who Drives From Milwaukee to Record CTA Announcements (DNA)
  • John Talked 2015 Transpo on the 12/30 WBEZ Morning Shift Show (Starts at Minute 6:30)
  • Community Meeting on Belmont Overpass Removal Plan Scheduled for January 11 (DNA)

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  • That’s a pretty good discussion on The Chainlink about justifying the Divvy price increase.
    http://www.thechainlink.org/forum/topics/divvy-ups-its-rates-30-60

    Someone said “capital to expand the system”. A point about that: Divvy/CDOT received around $25 million from the federal government. Then it got millions more from Blue Cross Blue Shield. But Divvy/CDOT has said at Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC) meetings that they’ve used the sponsorship money to fund bike lane-building, Divvy For Everyone (D4E), and for the city’s share in funding the Bicycling Ambassadors.

    I wonder if that money should pay for operations/expansion and if it would have been, would that stem the increase?

  • Kevin M

    That Gazette “News” article is yet another shining example of their awful, heavily-biased journalism. That article should be in their Op-Ed column, not falsely labelled “News”. I could not find one counter-point quote from any supporters of the Lake Street bike lane, and yet I counted at least 5 different quotes/names in support of RFMA’s position. It is pretty clear that the Gazette is owned (figuratively, at least) by the RFMA and puts their causes/needs ahead of all other communities members that the Gazette is supposedly serving.

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