Today’s Headlines

  • Madigan’s Influence on Metra Detailed in Report by Legislature Watchdog (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • CTA Bus Ridership Is Down for the 17th Straight Month (RedEye)
  • Yesterday Was the Last Day to Pick Up a Free Ventra Card (RedEye)
  • Public Meeting on Proposed Chicago/Sheridan PBLs in Evanston July 19 (Sun-Times)
  • Talking to Divvy Users About Their Helmet Habits (Fox)
  • Lincoln Park Ford Dealership Somehow Got LEED Certification (DNA)
  • Are Females More Likely to Give Up Their ‘L’ Seat to a Pregnant Woman? (Tribune)
  • Active Trans‘ Bike to Brew Cruise Will End at RevBrew’s Kedzie Plant
  • Po Campo Giving Away Divvy Memberships at Anniversary Party This Friday (DNA)
  • Man Has to Drive to Indiana to Recover Bike Stolen From SW Side (Tribune)

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  • Anne A

    I’ve often been disappointed to see how few women will give up a seat on a CTA train or bus for a pregnant woman or disabled person. I generally see more courtesy on the south side than north side, and it’s usually from young men or old men.

  • CL

    I can’t read the article because of the paywall — but a lot of men are taught to give up their seats for all women, even when they’re not pregnant, elderly, or disabled. I also notice this on the south side especially. I was at once meeting on the south side where the speaker announced that he saw ladies standing, and he asked men in the audience to give up their seats… which they awkwardly did.

    So I think this explains the difference in behavior. I’ve had men offer me their seats, and I’m young, able-bodied, and clearly not pregnant. It’s a chivalry thing, like holding doors — lots of men insist on holding doors for me, and freak out if I approach first and hold the door for them. I wish these chivalry traditions would fade away… but a nice side effect is that it results in more seats for pregnant women on the CTA.

  • Try Googling the title of the article to get past the pay wall.

  • ohsweetnothing

    While the actual article isn’t bad at all, how many Divvy (or bike riding in general) “helmet or no helmet?!?!?!?!” stories are too many? Sheesh.

    Couple of cool photos in the article though.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Did anyone get a chance to read this article? I don’t think I saw it in the Streetsblogosphere, but it’s a great read:

    “Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things”

  • “Too many helmet articles” = the number of all articles that will come out after today. It’s part of a news media cycle every time the thermometer hits 70°F. It goes along with guides on how to ride a bike in Chicago and “is cycling dangerous?”

    It’s annoying. The authors could save themselves some time by reprinting what they wrote last year but with updated stats.

  • Anne A

    At times when I’ve been on crutches or otherwise gimpy due to an injury, I’ve been grateful that this bit of chivalry survives.

  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    That’s not chivalry that is just decency.

  • R.A. Stewart

    So is getting up to give an obviously pregnant woman your seat. That lug whining about losing his reading time in the Trib article deserved public humiliation. (He actually deserved to have his mom or dad materialize in front of him and slap his head, but cosmic justice so seldom works that way.)

  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    Sorry but in today’s America, it is not always that obvious. Also the guy said he didn’t see her.

    Plus there’s this: “As I’m still able to stand, I’m loath to ask anyone to give up a seat.”

    She can’t be bothered to politely ask, but feels compelled to write an excessively long, passive aggressive rant based on anecdotal evidence and greatly clouded by her own bias.

  • Fred

    As a man, I would not, unless I see a baby crowning from between her legs, EVER assume a woman is pregnant. That’s 2014 PC America. If a woman were to mention she was and ask me for my seat, I would certainly give it up, but I would never risk saying “here, pregnant lady, take my seat.” That has ‘rant about some a-hole guy who thought I was pregnant’ written all over it.

  • I wonder how much of the bus ridership decline has to do with Divvy. Personally, Divvy has all but replaced the type of trip i would normally take a bus for.

  • Random question that Streetsbloggers might know the answer to: very very early this morning (Tues 8 July), a ride of 20-50 cyclists went salmoning down my Albany Park residential one-way street. There were a lot of lights on the bikes, and near the front someone had brought along a speaker system blasting cheerful dancy music. Someone else near the front was blowing a whistle at each street they passed.

    I know it wasn’t Critical Mass; for one thing, Mass doesn’t salmon (and 2AM is rather late for them). Anyone know what it was?

  • David Altenburg

    I bet you saw the Monday Night Ride:

    I’ve not been on one but it sounds like it would meet your description.

  • CTA’s declining bus ridership was the topic of discussion Tuesday night at the Transportation breakout group I lead at Open Government Hack Night at the Merchandise Mart.

    Someone brought up the possibility of increasing bicycling and walking as an alternative to using transit but we dismissed this. Its influence doesn’t have much significance because the gains on these modes over the longer period – much greater than 17 months – of declining bus ridership are minimal.

    Now, we considered only Census commute data, measuring how people get to work, and not another data set that measures trips for all purposes (like a household travel survey).

    If you look at the American Community Survey 5-year estimates for the entire time that date has been collected (since 2006) you’ll see that the gains in transit ridership are probably at the loss of single-occupant vehicle use to get to work.

  • That does look like the right kind of thing.

    I really wish they wouldn’t salmon. Especially since there are one-way streets going they way they were headed exactly one block away on either side.

    Not to mention, blasting dance music at 2AM is deeply unfriendly in a purely residential neighborhood.

  • Also, there is apparently no way to contact them (listed on their website). The Twitter account’s icon says it’s for Columbus.

    I’ll try facebook.

  • paulcycles

    Yes, this has been my observation since the ’50s. Btw, back then Only men &boys & young girls were taught the courtesy. Women, esp. Moms traveling with their kids would have one stand.

  • paulcycles

    PC America, yuck for anyone over thirty.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Someday, you’ll be over 30, and your views may change.

  • paulcycles

    Sorry to have missed your post.
    FYI, I’m over 60, Weewillie.