Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, September 13

  • Social Justice News Network Looks at South Side Bike Equity Issues
  • Police: Driver Ran Red on Near West Side, Leading to Death of Passenger (Tribune)
  • DNA: Sterling Bay Hopes to Lure Amazon to Chicago With Grand Plans for Finkl Steel Site
  • City Is Adding 952 More Vacant Properties to Its $1 Large Lots Program (Curbed)
  • Merchants Say They’re in the Dark About 197-Unit Development Planned by Wilson Stop (DNA)
  • Daley’s, Chicago’s Oldest Restaurant, Located by the Cottage Grove Stop, Is Moving (DNA)
  • Pedestrian Bridge Projects in South Elgin Are “Rocking and Rolling” (Tribune)
  • New Trail Segment in Grayslake Will Fill a Gap in Lake County Path Network (Tribune)
  • Does the Chicago Riverwalk Work as a Bike Commuting Option? (The Chainlink)
  • Mayor’s Bike Advisory Council Meeting Today at 3 PM at City Hall Room 1103

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  • Courtney

    I support cyclists. I’d even call myself one. I’m all for more world-class and safe biking infrastructure
    With that said, the riverWALK is for WALKING. I’d be annoyed seeing a biker on the path. I don’t care how slow you’re going. It seems like the RiverWALK was designed to deter biking.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Some discussion of why the Riverwalk zigzags why it does by one of the designers: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2015/06/26/why-rolling-on-the-river-is-no-easy-task/

  • Courtney

    Ah, so it seems like it wasn’t to deter biking. Still, it just doesn’t sit right with me that cyclists want to use the Riverwalk as a cycling path. My hat goes off to anyone who bikes in The Loop; it’s too hectic for me. Looking forward to the day when we decide to ban private cars from the Loop.

  • Anyone going to the Bike Advisory meeting?

    A bit late but I’ll throw it out there anyway. I have an issue with the new policy on speed humps in alleys. Actually they supposedly no longer do speed humps in alleys but rather now only do speed bumps. And they are terrible. They need to have a wide enough space in the middle for safe biking through as they are too high to safely biker over. I mean I get that at least part of the reason is to discourage and slow down cars for biker and walker safety, but hell it’s like destroying the village to save the village.I guess safety issues for bikers in alleys will be resolved by getting ride of the bikers. And are they even ADA compliant?

    Anyone else notice that?

  • Tooscrapps

    Because of the nature of the federal funds that were used I think they can’t ban biking. They can however make sure its designed so that cyclist and pedestrians can coexist reasonably well.

  • Cameron Puetz

    I agree that the Riverwalk should be for walking. However, the lack of a good connection between the Lakefront Path the Loop is a pretty glaring gap in the city’s cycling network. I understand the Chainlink OP’s frustration.

  • rduke

    If you’re going fast enough on a bike that a speed bump is an issue, you should slow down. I use alleys every day and never use the middle bit that’s flat, because it’s full of gravel and glass and I don’t like flats.

    10-15 in alleys is reasonable, and anything more is illegal. A speed bump at 15 on a bike is not comfortable, but its not impossible. You could still fly out of an alley and cream some poor pedestrian on the street, or fly past a T-junction where some turd in a car is flying out of and get creamed yourself.

  • planetshwoop

    Yeah, so I was the Original Poster.

    Take your bike at lunch would be a bad idea. At 7am? It’s probably ok. I won’t use it in the evening.

  • planetshwoop

    There are frequent signs instructing cyclists to slow down, or dismount. And even better, the design kind of requires it — you really can’t just blaze through. (I think even a jogger would have some issues with how it snakes around when people are present.) You have to slow down a lot, and that’s OK.

    I’m eager to try again in January when the pedestrian traffic is likely a lot lower. I’m intrigued by the ice flows in the river (as viewed from the el); seeing them up close will be cool.

  • The thing is alleys are safer for older and slower riders. The 5 to 7 mph rider. But going that slowly over a speed bump risks falling over. Cars go slower in alleys and are more on the alert for the unexpected. Those are my concerns and why I find bumps such a discouragement for the riders who need them most.

  • rduke

    What are you on about? Going 5 mph over a speed bump is nothing. Like its not even that noticeable. Any slower and you’d risk falling over even on flat ground.

    Cars don’t go all that much slower in alleys even if they’re supposed to be limited to 15. Anyone will tell you how often they see buttholes zooming through alleys, blasting their horns like it gives them right of way. The only thing that slows them down are the speed bumps you’re so worried about.

    Alleys probably aren’t any more safe than the road, if not less safe, given the crap sight lines within them at at junctions with roadways with lots of parking blocking the view.

  • First, these are brand new composite black and yellow rubber speed bumps spiked into the alley surface. Not asphalt speed Humps with an H, that you are imagining.

    Second, alleys are safer for bikers that ride 7 mph because drivers have the same crap sight lines and worries about other cars backing out of garages. Also The same zooming buttholes zooming in alleys zoom twice as fast on the streets.