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

Metra May Join Ventra Soon (DNA) Hilkevitch Eats His Words on Divvy (Tribune) Divvy Stat Junkies, Feast Your Eyes on This (Tribune) Governor Signs Statewide Ban of Cell Phone Use While Driving (Tribune) SUV Driver Killed in Crash on Kennedy in Bucktown (Tribune) Pickup Truck Driver Killed in New Lenox Rollover Crash (Tribune) Off-Duty Chicago […]

Today’s Headlines for Friday, June 3

Chicago Police Looking For Drunk Drivers Tonight in Washington Heights (DNA) Man Killed in a Single-Car Crash Last Night In Bronzeville (CBS) Another Pricey TOD Building Proposed, In Lincoln Park (DNA) Divvy Summer Expansion Starts With New Station at Garfield Park Conservatory (DNA) New Pedestrian Bridge in Suburbs Will Connect Two Trails (Daily Herald) Vigil […]

Today’s Headlines

Red Line, Green Line Riders Not Looking Forward to Sharing Trains During Rehab (DNA) Single CTA Train Rides Could Cost $3 Under Ventra (DNA) CTA Closures Due to Wells Bridge Replacement Start Tonight (RedEye, Sun-Times) Chicago Seeks New Red Light Camera Vendor (Sun-Times) CTA Contractor Suffers Minor Injuries After Touching Third Rail, Causing Brief Delay […]

Today’s Headlines

Park District Begins Repairing Damage to the Lakefront Trail (RedEye) Mountain-Like Lucas Museum Design Proposal Includes New Pedestrian Bridge (Tribune) After Center Line-Crossing Driver Kills Cyclist, State Police Blame the Victim (Kevenides) Car Driver Dies After Rear-Ending Semi Along Tri-State Tollway (Tribune) 3-Year-Old Boy Is OK After Being Struck While Trick-or-Treating in Winnetka (CBS) Woman […]

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) […]