Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, January 3

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Woman Who Had Collapsed in a Crosswalk in Austin (ABC)
  • Teen Dies After Crashing Car Into Loop ‘L’ Pillar While Driving Against Traffic (Tribune)
  • 4 Officers Injured After Police Crash While Responding to a Call for Back-up (ABC)
  • GM Executive: Chicago Should Facilitate the Testing of Self-Driving Cars (Crain’s)
  • City Planners Lay Out Options for Extending the Bloomingdale Trail East (Curbed)
  • Bottlenecks Will Complicate Lakefront Trail Separation Plans (Tribune)
  • New Wilson, Edgewater, Washington/Wabash & 95th (South Terminal) Stations in 2017 (DNA)
  • CTA Announces Deal With Unions to Extend Job Program for Ex-Offenders (Tribune)
  • Metra: Customers Must Transfer Mobile Tickets on New Phones (NBC)
  • Extension of the Blue Line Past Logan Was Blamed for Decline of Car-Centric Businesses (DNA)
  • Kathy “Plates” Schubert, a Bike-Friendly Bridge Advocate, Also Promotes Blood Donation (ABC)
  • What’s on Your 2017 Chicago Development Wish List? (Curbed)

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  • skyrefuge

    Thanks to Mary Wisniewski for being the first reporter to dig into my hobby-horse around the actual *details* of LFP separation! Funny (but not surprising) how the original headlines were “$12M donation allows the entire length of the path to be separated!”, yet apparently the actual facts at the moment are “we haven’t even looked at how we’re going to do this yet, so obviously have no idea how much it might cost”.

    She also brought up the already-obsolete-2-years-before-it’s-finished Navy Pier Flyover, whose 16-foot width will be forced to bottleneck 32-feet worth of path users into half the space they’re used to. That would be like reducing the Kennedy for 4 lanes in each direction to 2 for a mile stretch around North Ave. For some weird reason, I feel like that might cause some problems?

    And on top of the bottleneck, the Flyover is being set up for “cyclists in the middle, pedestrians on the outsides” lane division, which is not directly compatible with the “separated paths” concept. It seems like most people gloss over the complexity of switching from one layout to the other, assuming there’s an elementary solution that doesn’t even require any thought. But really, try to work out the conversion in your head. It turns out the only 3 options to choose from are “dangerous” (freeflow passage of pedestrians across bike lanes), “terribly inefficient” (a controlled intersection to stop cyclists as pedestrians cross), and “impossibly expensive” (interstate-style elevated ramps).


Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, September 15

A Virtual Tour of the Navy Pier Flyover Construction Site (Curbed) Uber Establishes 3 Pick-Up Spots at Navy Pier (Crain’s) Evanston Mayor Discusses Parking & Cycling Issues (Patch) Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Head-On Crash on the Tri-State Tollway (Tribune) Man Dies in Single-Car Crash in Humboldt Park (CBS) Driver Jumps a Curb in Bronzeville, […]

Today’s Headlines for Monday, June 1

CTA Officials Answer 6 Big Questions Re: Belmont Flyover; Public Hearing Wednesday (DNA) After Rahm Floats Express Train to O’Hare, CTA Survey Asks People How They Get to Airport (Tribune) 45-Year-Old Driver Dies After Viaduct Crash in Back of the Yards (Tribune) Motorist, 56, Killed After Crashing Car Into Several Fixed Objects, Mokena Ravine (Sun Times) […]

Today’s Headlines

Editorial: High “Stop for Peds” Sign Damage Rate Means Drivers Should Slow Down (Tribune) Average Gas Price in the Region Currently Under $3 a Gallon and Falling (Tribune) Driver Dies After Speeding in Reverse Across the Lakefront Trail & Into the Lake (Tribune) Park District Truck Slides From Icy Section of Lakefront Trail Into the Water […]

Today’s Headlines

More Analysis of the “Divvy for Everyone” Equity Program (Chicago Mag, Crain’s) Construction on the Addison Underbridge Trail Project Slated to Begin Next Spring (RedEye) Delivery Driver Who Fatally Struck Senior in Crosswalk While Turning Gets Probation (Sun-Times) The Great Train Robbery: Man Sticks Up Downtown Bank, Flees Via Blue Line (ABC) Man Head-Butts Metra […]

Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 29

A Sign the Illiana Has a Pulse: Rauner Wants Tax Exemption for Its Building Materials (ELPC) Bicyclist In Critical Condition When Struck by Motorcyclist Near Addison & Milwaukee (Tribune) 5 Injured, Including 2 Children, After Car Chase Ends in a Crash in East Garfield (ABC) Halsted Closure for Byrne Interchange Work Will Require CTA, UIC Bus Reroutes […]

Today’s Headlines

As of Today, CTA No Longer Selling Magnetic Strip CTA Farecards (CBS, Sun-Times) Fire Dept. OKs Location But Divvy Station Removed to Satisfy Resident’s Fears (Tribune) IDOT Bike Plan Meeting This Thursday – Speak Up for Safer Local Streets (BWLP) Woman Killed in Woodlawn After Another Driver Struck Her Car, Sending It Into Pole (DNA) […]