Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, August 31

  • Divvy Cycles Damaged After Hit-and-Run Crash in Back of the Yards (Chicagoist)
  • Amazon Plans to Add a Huge Distribution Center in Suburban Monee (Crain’s)
  • How Can We Make It Safer to Bike to the N. Branch Trail Extension? (The Chainlink)
  • Metra Trains Were Delayed by Rogers Park Lightning Strike (Sun-Times)
  • Foster Closed From Pulaski to Cicero Through October for Bridge Reconstruction (DNA)
  • 12-Year-Old Boy Charged With Stealing Bus From Oswego, Driving to Naperville (Tribune)
  • Man Completes Mini-Triathlon Riding a Divvy & Wearing Wool Suit (DNA)
  • Kids: Take the Bloomingdale Trail to School Tuesday, Get a Free Pencil Case (DNA)
  • Active Trans‘ 9/25 Kickstand Classic Fundraiser Is Less Than a Month Away

Streetsblog USA is on vacation this week.

  • planetshwoop

    Thanks for the link, team!

  • cozzyd

    Monee is not far from the University Park Metra, but a bit too far to walk. Hopefully Amazon will consider a shuttle service for its employees.

  • skyrefuge

    Poor Divvys, they’re having a rough morning. Plenty of news about them being abused, and none of it about people actually riding them. Here, from a Trib article ( http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/thebeat/ct-violent-chicago-intersection-shootings-20160831-story.html ) about all the shootings at 69th and Ashland:

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    Inside the yellow police tape a Divvy bike station stood at the northwestern corner. A sign with a city map next to the bicycles was shattered by gunfire. Only three bicycles were not at the station.

    ….People often hang around the bus stop and the Divvy bike station, sitting on the bicycles without renting them out.

    “They’re basically expensive benches,” one officer at the scene said. “I don’t know how Divvy is making any money off of these.”

    “It’s really a safety hazard,” another officer said.
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    And yep, the report was right, oobrien.com shows 8 bikes and 3 docks, unchanged for the last 24 hours. The one at Garfield and Damen also has had no activity for 24 hours, and both for probably way longer than that (except for the crash/replacement, which would have been interesting to see in the logs: “wow, no activity for weeks, but then someone checked out 4 bikes all at once? Yay!! …what?….oh. :-( “) The officer’s question about Divvy “making any money” isn’t exactly the right question, but it seems like keeping the system alive is going to be difficult with such poorly-targeted allocation of system resources.