Today’s Headlines

  • Hilkevitch Gets a Few Facts Wrong, Blames PBLs for Congestion (Tribune)
  • Study Found PBLs Less Popular With Drivers in Chicago Than in Other Cities (Chicago)
  • SUV Driver Kills Taxi Driver on Jane Addams Tollway (Tribune)
  • 3 Kids, 2 Adults Injured in Brainerd Crash (Tribune)
  • Garbage Truck Driver Injures Cyclist in Left-Hook Crash in Lakeview (Keating)
  • Rail Planner’s Guide Includes Chicagoland Projects (Railway Age)
  • Groups Filing Lawsuit Against Children’s Memorial Development (Sun-Times)
  • Western Avenue Corridor Meeting 7-9 PM at Lane Tech (DNA)
  • West Loop Parking Ban Lifted, But City Still Ticketing & Towing Cars (CBS)
  • Orland Park Seeks Vendor for Rent-Free Retail Space in Metra Station (Tribune)

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  • ohsweetnothing

    I’d be interested to see the perception statistics in the Chicago Mag article compared with actual safety statistics. Even within the perception graph for peds, there seems to be a contradiction: Drivers were perceived to have decreased their speed, there was a perceived decrease in bicycles on the sidewalk…but my satisfaction with the walking environment has decreased?? Hmm.

    Also, the large percentage of peds who feel less safe crossing Dearborn PBLs is pretty easily explained. Anyone who bikes down there (or walks) knows exactly what some peds tend to do when attempting to cross the street.

  • I think a concrete pedestrian island would be a positive addition to the space after observing pedestrians’ behavior when crossing the Dearborn PBL. I feel many people are hesitant to move too far forward and wait in the bike lane. An island would do little, though, to reduce the number of people crossing the bike lane when bike traffic has a green signal.