Today’s Headlines for Thursday, January 12

  • Car Driver Fatally Struck Cyclist at Division and Sacramento Last Night at 10:40 PM (CBS)
  • Woman Killed in Car/Snowplow Crash in Chicago Heights Monday Night (Sun-Times)
  • Family and Friends of Dennis Jurs Discuss the Significance of “Dennis’ Law” (Tribune)
  • ACLU Will No Longer Get Names, Badge Numbers of Officers Who Make Street Stops (DNA)
  • Freezing Rain Delayed Green and Red Line Trains This Morning (DNA)
  • Track Problems Delayed Brown Line Service Near Merchandise Mart Yesterday (DNA)
  • Senior Housing Around Near Bryn Mawr Stop Will Have 174 Units, 190 Spaces (Curbed)
  • A Roundup of Upcoming South Loop Bikeways (Including Some Cyclist-Scolding) (NLR)

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  • Carter O’Brien

    re: the South Loop “cyclist scolding,” I’d be more OK with that if it could also be acknowledged that pedestrian behavior leaves a lot to be desired.

    I am on Roosevelt Road every day, and not one goes by where I don’t see pedestrians ambling in the new and startlingly bright green bike lanes between Indiana and Wabash. I literally see people walk out of their way to get to them, so something is being lost in translation. CDOT may need to either create better signage or use plantings or other
    physical elements to help divert pedestrians to stay on the sidewalks.

    Pedestrians also seem to have a chronic problem respecting left-turn arrows directing traffic, which creates chaotic conditions for cyclists who get stuck in the middle.

  • Chicagoan

    Can’t fathom how a housing development for seniors in transit-rich Edgewater needs so many parking spots.

  • planetshwoop

    The sidewalk is too narrow, if I recall. That’s a big part of the problem.

  • Carter O’Brien

    The sidewalk was expanded by taking a traffic lane away, it is “found” space in that regard.

    Where the sidewalk is too narrow is right outside the Roosevelt L station’s north side, where for some reason they created pinch points/a bottleneck with the footing of the fancy metallic overhang. CTA staff should be required to use a station during rush hour for 2 weeks before they are allowed to add or significantly alter the infrastructure.

  • Carter O’Brien

    I know a lot of people on this board can’t understand the logic, but most people who live in the areas identified as TOD do in fact still own cars. A healthy majority of Chicagoans own cars even though you don’t really *need* a car in Chicago. Really, most of Chicago by national standards should qualify as a TOD.

    But, cars are a much faster way to get around. Not being dependent on CTA schedules and connections is liberating when you have very little free time. Especially when today’s hyper-scheduled children come into play.

    Seniors are as a general rule going to be an even more car-dependent demographic, even when they live by CTA
    and make use of it (my mom fits that category). My anecdotal experience is they have both health related mobility
    reasons we younger people don’t appreciate (yet), exacerbated by growing
    up in a time when cultural norms were vastly different. Nobody cared about the concept of fuel economy until the shortages of the 70s, and by the late 80s improvements in fuel efficiency and the “bigger is better” SUV craze made that ancient history. This group also came of age well before greenhouse gases and climate change were a concern.

    I think we’re not going to see a change until Generation X starts getting those AARP cards (and as a Gen X’er, I weep at the thought…)

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