Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about Rebekah Scheinfeld

Pedestrian Fatality Tracker: More Deaths This Year Than Last

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More people were killed while walking in Chicago in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same time period last year. Chicago transportation commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld pointed out to the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council last week that “this is the first increase since 2009.” 21 people on foot died in car crashes […]

CDOT & CPD Launch Annual Crosswalk Safety Stings

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You might have noticed many square, black bases bolted in the center of Chicago streets, which held “Stop for Pedestrians” signs before they were taken out by motorists. These testify to the fact that many local drivers don’t operate safely around crosswalks. In an attempt to change that behavior, the Chicago Department of Transportation and […]

No Central Loop BRT in 2014 as CDOT Delays Launch Indefinitely

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Construction delays have pushed back the Central Loop BRT project, from a projected 2014 start until next year or even later. The causes of the setback remain troublingly vague, and there is no clear timetable for the improvements proposed for four downtown streets, which are supposed to speed up six Chicago Transit Authority bus routes with a combined […]

CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld Discusses the Loop BRT Project

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I recently sat down with Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld to discuss the city’s efforts to create safer, more efficient conditions for walking, transit and biking. We’ll be publishing the interview in a few installments, starting with this conversation about plans for bus rapid transit in the Loop. John Greenfield: What’s going on […]

Business Owners on Elston Won’t Fight Buffered Bike Lanes

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It’s official: business owners along the Elston industrial corridor are giving up their fight against better bike lanes on the street. In December, when Chicago Department of Transportation staff discussed plans for buffered bike lanes on Elston between North and Webster at a meeting hosted by the North Branch Works industrial council, there was stiff […]

CDOT Is Moving Forward With Buffered Bike Lanes on Elston

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It’s good to see that new Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld is standing her ground on the Elston bike lane issue. In December, when CDOT staffers discussed plans for buffered bike lanes on Elston between North and Webster at a meeting hosted by the North Branch Works industrial council, there was stiff resistance […]

City Breaks Ground on the Long-Awaited Navy Pier Flyover

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After more than a decade of planning, the Chicago Department of Transportation finally kicked off work on the Navy Pier Flyover, a $60 million project that will solve the problem of the dangerous bottleneck at the center of the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail. “We at the city have discussed this, we have debated it, we have […]