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Today’s Headlines for Monday, July 6

  • 29-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Lawndale (CBS)
  • 3 People Inside Taxi Seriously Injured in Post-Fireworks Crash at Madison/Wacker (Fox)
  • Driver Intentionally Strikes 2 Teenage Girls in Logan Square (DNA)
  • 13-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Crashes His Dad’s Car Into an AutoZone (ABC)
  • Amtrak Study: 2nd Run From Chicago to St. Paul Could Draw Over 150K Riders (La Crosse Tribune)
  • Advocates Hope Big Marsh Bike Park Will Give an Economic Boost to Southeast Side (Tribune)
  • Belmont/Western Overpass Demolition Delayed Until Next Year (Tribune)
  • Here’s a List of Events That Might Slow You Down on the Lakefront Trail (Active Trans)

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Today’s Headlines for Friday, July 3

  • Local Leaders Are Pushing For Extension of Metra Service to Kendall County (Tribune)
  • Osterman Merchants That Argyle Construction Headaches Will Be Worth It in the End (DNA)
  • Elburn May Get Funding for Bike Bridge as Part of Deal With Forest Preserve (Daily Herald)
  • Man Drives SUV Onto Basketball Court, Injuring 10-Year-Old Boy (Tribune)
  • Jeff Park DUI Crackdown Results in 2 Arrests, 112 Tickets (DNA)
  • Downtown DUI Stings Planned for This Weekend (DNA)
  • Crash-and-Grab Burglars Arrested in MN May Be Linked to Similar Orland Park Case (Tribune)
  • Kass Column Criticizes People Who Text While Driving, With a Side of Bike Hatred (Tribune)
  • More Airtime for the Lincoln Hub NIMBYs (CBS)
  • Bloomingdale Trail Etiquette (DNA)
  • No Booze on Metra This Weekend, Bikes OK

Streetsblog USA is on vacation today, but we’ll have another post or two for you on Streetsblog Chicago later in the day. Early warning: SBC will be on vacation the week of July 13-17. Have a great Fourth of July!

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Today’s Headlines for Thursday, July 2

  • City Officials Discuss the Nitty-Gritty of How the Argyle Shared Street Will Work (DNA)
  • More of the Yellow Line Embankment Needs to Be Replaced Than Previously Thought (Tribune)
  • What It’s Like Living in a Building That May Get Demolished for the Belmont Flyover (DNA)
  • Beverly Crash-and-Grab Is the 3rd One in the Region This Week (NBC)
  • Gas Prices in Chicago Are 88 Cents Cheaper Than They Were a Year Ago (Tribune)
  • Beverly Area Planning Association Launches Drive to Bring Divvy to the Neighborhood (DNA)
  • Chicagoist: Lincoln Hub May Be an “Eyesore” to Some But It’s a “Touch of Character” to Others
  • Main Street Beverly Launches #GoodForThe19thWard Hashtag to Promote Urbanism on SW Side
  • Drivin’ That Train: CTA Adding Service for Grateful Dead Show

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Your City Has a Complete Streets Policy. But Does It Have Complete Streets?

Is this a complete street? Image: Google Maps via Urban Indy

Is this a complete street? Image: Google Maps via Urban Indy

Indianapolis passed a Complete Streets ordinance in 2012 to much fanfare. Three years later, how well is the city designing streets for walking and biking?

Mayor Greg Ballard shepherded the fantastic Indianapolis Cultural Trail through to completion in 2013, but Emily Neitzel at Urban Indy says recent street revamps outside the downtown area are hit and miss.

The Emerson Avenue project between Shelbyville Road and I-65 brought a sidewalk to the east side of the road where there previously was no sidewalk, and in this case a strip of grass if not a tree well was added to separate the sidewalk.

However, sidewalks are still lacking on the west side of the street. Furthermore, at the intersections where major businesses like Target, Aldi, and Home Depot are located on both the east and west sides of Emerson, there is no crosswalk to go from east to west. The intersection at Emerson and Southport Road, where more businesses are located on both sides of the street, also lacks an east-west pedestrian crosswalk.

The project document from DPW notes that traffic along this corridor has increased by 600% in two decades, and the project’s increase from two lanes for automobile traffic to five makes this a priority. In fact, the summary of the benefits listed in the document does not even include benefits for pedestrians or bikers; instead highlighting “reduced traffic congestion and better driving conditions” in addition to a longer life for the roadway.

Neitzel notes that, per Smart Growth America, a complete street corridor should “make it easy to cross the street” and “walk to shops.” Indianapolis’s Emerson Avenue project doesn’t do that.

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Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 1

  • Fraudulent Use of Free & Reduced Fare Cards Has Cost the CTA $6.5 Million (RedEye)
  • Rauner Signs Bill Reappropriating Money for Road Construction (Sun-Times)
  • Protester Claim’s Driver in Rauner’s Entourage Purposely Struck His Arm (Tribune)
  • Evanston Officials Ride the Purple Line to Gauge Interest in Extended Hours (Tribune)
  • 62-Year-Old Man Killed in single-Car Crash in Burnside Neighborhood (Tribune)
  • Big Chunks of Concrete Are Falling From LSD’s Lawrence Bridge (Uptown Update)
  • CDOT Releases Spring 2015 Bike Count Report
  • 10 Pieces of Public Art Are Coming to Clark Street (DNA)
  • Parking Lot of Shuttered West Ridge Movie Theater Is Being Transformed Into a Park (DNA)
  • How Bike Lawyer (& SBC Sponsor) Jim Freeman Found His Calling (Crain’s)
  • Heritage Bikes Owner Shares Some of His Favorite Cycling Destinations (Michigan Avenue)

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Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 30

  • AP Report: Average Car Commute in CHI Region Is 29 Minutes, Transit Commute Is 49
  • Letter From RTA Chair Kirk Dillard: It’s Time to Invest in Public Transportation (Crain’s)
  • Editorial: Positive Train Control Requirement Is an Unfunded Mandate (Tribune)
  • Amtrak Hopes Union Station Makeover Will Return the Facility to Its Former Glory (Tribune)
  • Amtrak Will Rehab Switches at Union Station, Causing Minor Metra Delays (Tribune)
  • 3 Police Officers, 2 Civilians Hospitalized After Crash in Little Village (Tribune)
  • Upgrades Planned for Waukegan Metra Station (Herald)
  • Rally Held to Protest Eviction of Homeless From Wilson Viaduct (DNA)
  • Uber Launches Recruitment Drive on South & West Sides (DNA)
  • Disgruntled Neighbor Launches Petition to Remove Lincoln Hub (DNA)
  • Riding the Bloomingdale Trail on a Rainy Monday Morning (DNA)
  • An Outpouring of Love From Tribune Readers for the Chicago Pedway

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Today’s Headlines for Monday, June 28

  • Chicago’s Parking Meter Deal Is a Textbook Example of a Bad P3 (Fortune)
  • 53-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck While Biking in Hanover Park (Tribune)
  • How to Exit a Cab So That You Don’t Injure or Kill Anyone (FK Law)’
  • An Infographic on Illinois’ 3-Foot Rule (Keating Law)
  • Brewery Owner: Bringing Back Happy Hour in Illinois Will Lead to More DUI Deaths (NYT)
  • What Do Self-Driving Cars Mean for the Future of Cities? (MPC)
  • Metra Defenda Tasing of Non-Violent Passenger by Police (Tribune)
  • The Opposite of TOD? Pritzker Wants to Build 50 Units, 75 Spots Next to ‘L’ Station (DNA)
  • Metra Completes $4 Million Rehab of Flossmoor Station (CBS)
  • Urine Trouble: Lack of Bathrooms Means 606 Visitors Are Swamping Local Businesses (DNA)
  • 4 Quick Tips for Improving Your Bike Commute (Chicago Mag)
  • A Brief History of Bicycling in Elgin (Tribune)

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Today’s Headlines for Friday, June 26

  • Letter From MPC, Other Groups to Springfield: Please Prioritize Infrastructure Funding
  • What? New Aviation Chief Proposes “Double-Decker” Train Service to O’Hare (Sun-Times)
  • Map: Where Do the Most Chicagoans Work From Home? (DNA)
  • Passenger Sexually Assaulted by Man With Knife on Red Line Train (DNA)
  • Video: Police Taze Nonviolent Passenger on Metra Train (NBC)
  • Woman Says a Man Knocked Her Off Her Bike Near Navy Pier & Stole It (DNA)
  • DUI Crackdown in Jefferson Park This Weekend (DNA)
  • Bloomingdale Neighbors Complain of Noisy Skateboarders, Little Kids Peeing on Lawns (DNA)
  • Neighbors Worry That Filipino Grocery Store Will Cause Carmageddon (DNA)
  • New Murals on Construction Walls Enliven Logan Square (DNA)
  • The Reader Gives Shout-Outs to the Cal-Sag Trail & Divvy in Its Best of Chicago Issue

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Today’s Headlines for Thursday, June 25

  • Metra, Other Agenices, Will Likely Be Fined for Missing Positive Train Control Deadline (Tribune)
  • Blankenhorn: Rauner Wants to Spend “Billions” on Infra & Transpo (Other Than Transit) (Herald)
  • Parking Concerns Are One Reason SW Side Residents Oppose Riot Fest (DNA)
  • Woman Who Was “Relentless Crusader for Animal Welfare” Killed in Rte. 120 Crash (Tribune)
  • Construction Starting on Argyle Shared Street, Community Meeting on Tuesday (DNA)
  • Tribune Reporter Who Cycles: “Without Education, Protected Bike Lanes Are Pointless”
  • Legalize It! Chicago Should Lift Ban on Downtown Skateboard Commuting (City Limits)
  • Juice Bar Opening at the Green Line’s Cottage Grove Stop (DNA)
  • Lots of of Fun Stuff — From Yoga to Pig Roasts — Happening on the Riverwalk This Week (DNA)
  • Chicago Detours Offers an Insider’s Map of the Chicago Pedway
  • Six Great Regional Bike Rides, Including John’s “Tour de Tiki” (Chicago Mag)
  • Public Meeting on Little Village Land-Use Plan Today (DNA)

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Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 24

  • Witnesses: Man Was Riding Bike on Blue Line Tracks Before He Was Electrocuted (Tribune)
  • 1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash in Hubbard’s Cave on the Kennedy Expressway (Tribune)
  • Toddler Injured by Driver in Hoffman Estates, Days After Young Girl Was Fatally Struck (Sun-Times)
  • Mundelein Trustee Refuses to Step Down After DUI Charges, Pressure From Mayor (Tribune)
  • Yellow Line Closure Means CTA Can’t Access Largest ‘L’ Car Repair Facility by Rail (Tribune)
  • Burns Urges Residents to Ride Pershing Bus on Weekends So CTA Doesn’t Cut Service (DNA)
  • CTA Announces Extended Bus Route to the Beaches (DNA)
  • Emanuel: We’ve Repaved 65 Miles of Streets This Year, 300 Planned (Mayor’s Office)
  • Don’t Panic: Ads for The 606 Are Funded by Trust for Public Land, Not the City (DNA)
  • Police, Bicycling Ambassadors Will Be Doing Targeted Enforcement of Bike Laws (DNA)
  • Thanks to Rock-Throwing Thugs, Mall Agrees to Stop Booting DQ Customers’ Cars After 9 p.m. (Tribune)
  • Presented Without Comment: People Smash a Car With Baseball Bats to Fund ALS Research (DNA)

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