Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 6

  • Driver Killed Louis Smith, 56, on Bike in East Garfield Last Night, 2nd Bike Fatality of 2017 (CBS)
  • 2nd Attack on a Cyclist in South Loop in 3 Days: Car Passenger Grabbed Woman’s Backpack (DNA)
  • CDOT Has Deactivated Red Light Cam at Irving/Kedzie, Mell Asking for a Left-Turn Signal (DNA)
  • 774 Chicago Taxi Medallions Have Been Foreclosed on as Cabbies Struggle to Compete (DNA)
  • Kamin: The 606 Is Looking Greener Than Ever, But Displacement Concerns Are Growing Too (Tribune)
  • Trib Editorial Opposes 606 Ordinance, Calls for More Affordable Units in TODs Instead
  • 36th Ward Prepare for Its 2nd Consecutive Year of Participatory Budgeting (DNA)
  • Four Good Places to Bike With Kids in Chicagoland (Chicago Parent)
  • Ride Vintage ‘L’ Cars During Today’s CTA Celebration & You Could Get a Free Poster (DNA)
  • Free Coffee for Train Riders From Trucks at Roosevelt Stop, Ogilvie Center on Dump the Pump Day 6/15
  • Second Annual Memorial Ride and BBQ for Fallen Cyclist Blaine Klingenberg on Saturday 6/17
  • The Chainlink Hosts Ferris Bueller Scavenger Hunt Benefit for World Bicycle Relief on 6/22

Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA

I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who has donated so far this year to help us raise $50K by our July 1 deadline in order to win the $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust. Reader donations and ad renewals have been coming in steadily, we’ve gotten a few large gifts from some of our most loyal readers, and a couple other major contributions are likely to materialize in the near future.

But with less than a month to go, we’re in the home stretch, and we need to raise more donations from readers like you, which typically make up about a third of the $50K we raise each year. Can you help us win the challenge grant by chipping in? You can make a tax-exempt donation on our Public Good page.

Thanks for your support, and have a great summer.

– John Greenfield, editor, Streetsblog Chicago

https://publicgood.com/org/chicagoland-streets-project/campaign/2017-fundraising

  • Pat

    I wonder if the driver was the only witness to Smith’s apparent “suicide serve”. Looking forward to John’s follow-up post.

  • Chicagoan

    I got one of the CTA posters and I’m thrilled. The shear amount of people at Clark/Lake to get a poster and ride the vintage trains was impressive. Transit culture.

  • planetshwoop

    The destruction Uber and Lyft are causing is maddening. it’s eliminating investments in public transit, putting cab drivers out of business, and increasing congestion. There is a valid discussion to be had about how taxi service should improve and be more fair, but surely the alternative shouldn’t be “we broke the law until everyone thought it was OK”. Cars circling, parking illegally, pulling over unexpectedly to drop off passengers… this is overwhelmlingly Uber/Lyft. When they need to raise their fares to actually come closer to making money (or pay drivers better), we’ll see what bad decisions were made because venture capital floated a failed idea for too long.

  • what_eva

    I really don’t get how Uber is supposed to make money in the long run. The problem with them jacking prices is that the barrier to entry isn’t that high. A competitor could easily swoop in and undercut them if they raise their fares high enough to actually break even.

  • Jeremy

    Don’t forget that people taking Lyft & Uber instead of public transit are causing an increase in use of gasoline. Big Oil must love ride hailing apps.

  • BlueFairlane

    The problem there being that the competitor also will want to make money.

    The long-term goal is to trust the Gods of Innovation to allow the robot car to spring fully formed from the head of Elon Musk. The mid-term goal is to drive all the cabbies out of business, allowing a much smaller number of Ubers to command whatever price they want.

  • what_eva

    The problem with a low entry barrier is that a competitor could undercut them and still make money.

    I’ve heard this idea the uber will move to robot cars, but I’ve heard conflicting things. ie, are they still thinking it’ll be a similar model, privately owned robot cars that people “rent” via uber (which is almost closer to airbnb’s model than uber’s today) or is it uber owning a fleet of robot cars, which would be a major change to their business model?

  • planetshwoop

    The barrier to entry will get higher — more stringent background checks, exclusive agreements with drivers for a higher wage, etc. The goal of most internet start-ups is to get a monopoly, then raise the rates/walls to prevent others from coming in. If Uber can get enough business that it is a pretty strong monopoly, it will be quite dangerous, more than it already is.

    And let’s not forget — business with local governments to replace transit.

    The recent relevations about their business practices sicken me. What I see when I bike on the street does too. I do not wish them well.