Today’s Headlines

  • Mia Birk: Alta Systems, Including Divvy, Probably Won’t Expand This Year (Marketplace)
  • Hitching a Ride With a Divvy Rebalancing Van (Marketplace)
  • Residents and Pawar Lobbying to Bring Back the Lincoln Bus (DNA)
  • Police Arrest Driver Who Injured Pedestrian in Logan Square, Fled (Tribune)
  • Car Driver Injures Motorcyclist in Gresham (Tribune)
  • Residents Brainstorm Ideas for Redeveloping Finkl Steel Site (Crain’s, DNA)
  • Gentlemen, Please Offer Your Seat to Pregnant CTA Riders (Tattler)
  • Photo Exhibit Features Image of Logan Square Station Construction (DNA)

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  • Mishellie

    Im usually one to speak about feminism and I’ll do the same here:


    Humans, please offer your seat to pregnant CTA riders.

    Though I will say men: please shut your darned legs on the train. You don’t need two seats to make your balls comfy.

  • Hey, don’t shoot the (former) messenger. I was just relaying the gist of the Tattler post.

  • Mishellie

    Oh I know. I’m not upset with the messenger. However that Tattler post headline was even worse, telling women to “publicly shame men” – whaaaa. How about just politely ask for whoever to move so you can sit down?

  • Fred

    Which is more offensive:
    a) A man not offering a seat to a pregnant lady
    b) A man offering a seat to a fat woman who looks pregnant

  • Mishellie

    Well you don’t have to say “would you like my seat because you’re pregnant?”

    You could just say “hey, would you like to sit down?” and have them decide. (AKA giving women agency. Maybe not every pregnant woman wants or needs to sit down every time they’re on the train.)

    I would also argue that this goes for people who are temporarily or permanently disabled. The amount of people who though it’d be fine for me to stand on a bus on crutches when I sprained my ankle was staggering.

  • Fred

    I think the root of the issue is not caused by impoliteness, but more by people traveling alone on public transit zoning out. If I get on a bus/train by myself, I tend to just bury my head in my phone until my stop, totally unaware of my surroundings. Its not that I am unwilling to give up my seat for someone, its just that I don’t know they exist. So should the burden be on all seated riders to look up at every stop and actively seek to give up a seat to someone, or should the burden be on someone who might need a seat to tap me on the shoulder and politely ask for mine? If the burden is going to be on my to actively try to give my seat away, then I’ll just choose to stand and not bother. Should seats be reserved for those unable to stand? If that is the case, why not remove a vast majority of the seats, increasing capacity with the expectation that the seats are only to be used by those for whom standing is a burden.

  • David Altenburg

    With The 606, the Loop BRT, and now the Divvy expansion, “wait until 2015” is becoming a common refrain. Hey! Maybe the Cubs will be contenders then, too!

    Like others, I’m certainly eager for the Divvy expansion (especially because I expect Logan Square to end up with actual station density as part of it), but at this point I’m more concerned about degradation of the overall fleet quality. If Alta cannot get any more bikes, it’s only a matter of time before the number of bikes available for service starts to decrease, making it harder for members to depend on it. As far as I can tell, we’re still a long way from that point (kudos to the Divvy maintenance crew), but it’s starting to appear that that may become a real risk.

  • duppie

    I’m glad to see that Mia Birk finally said what everybody has been expecting, but no one wanted to say.

  • Anne A

    Right now I’m on crutches. I was waiting for the red line on Monday night. First train was packed, so I didn’t even try to get on. Second train was almost as crowded. I asked loudly “Could someone please let me sit down?” A little girl (about 8) in one of the priority seats gave me her seat.

  • Guest

    Which is why I suggested that instead of publicly shaming men who don’t give up their seat, women ask people to move so they can sit, politely.

    However, if you DO notice someone who may need to sit and do not offer your seat, you’re kind of a jerk despite your gender.

  • Katja

    Yeah. Was just wondering about that. Wouldn’t the proprietary designs/software be an asset that Bixi could sell off in their bankruptcy? Seems that’d be an easy way to get some quick cash to Bixi’s creditors, as well as getting more bikes for the many systems supplied by them.

  • Mishellie

    Which is why I suggested that instead of publicly shaming men who don’t give up their seat, women ask people to move so they can sit, politely.

    However, if you DO notice someone who may need to sit and do not offer your seat, you’re kind of a jerk despite your gender.

    The “burden” should really be on everyone. Watch out for others and (politely) for yourself.

  • Mishellie

    Good on that little girl, although why adults aren’t capable of doing the same, IDK.

  • norrin_raddical

    I like to zone out with my phone or a book just as much as the next person, but I don’t think its too much to ask to take a quick glance around your surroundings from time to time. I get on the train at Irving Park Blue, so I always get a seat, I feel that privilege requires me to look for those who need a seat throughout my ride.

    Now for funny anecdote to lighten the mood. I regularly run into a friend of mine on my commute home (when I always have to stand). I will literally stand over him as he is zoned into his iPad completely unaware of my presence. After a few minutes I just reach down and start swiping and poking his touch screen, he is always surprised and caught off guard, we then enjoy a laugh together.

  • Anne A

    I thanked her and her mother. She was very sweet.

  • Anne A

    Unfortunately, lack of courtesy is often an issue. When I’ve been on crutches in the past and I asked loudly (so I can be heard) but politely, most of those seated nearby looked up, obviously hearing me, but didn’t make eye contact and didn’t move an inch. I’ve seen the same thing recently when other folks needed to sit.

  • Corn Dog Aficionado

    The article offered zero evidence in favor of bringing back the Lincoln Bus, which, mind you had very few people riding it.

  • Yaella

    Well, I’m 7.5 months pregnant AND fat, and frankly I’m not going to ask why you’re offering your seat, I’m just going to say thanks and take it.

    Or you know, I would, if anyone ever offered, which they don’t. But they don’t do it for people wearing casts or the elderly either, so my expectations aren’t super high.

  • Anne A

    There have been times when I’ve offered my seat to someone who looked like they might need it – senior, pregnant, or possibly disabled. Sometimes they accept, sometimes they don’t, but I’d rather make the offer in case they do need it.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Agreed, awareness and courtesy and a measure of thoughtfulness on all sides are what we need. There’s a reason why “city” and “civility” have a common root. (Just to let my pedantic linguist flag fly for a moment.)

    When I was a regular CTA rider, which was not years but decades, if I was sitting and saw someone nearby who, as Anne A says, looked like they might need a seat, I offered mine. Not because I’m such a great guy but because it’s the decent thing to do, and because while I have never been that possibly-pregnant woman, my wife, a daughter, and many friends have, and I have been that man with a baby in his arms, and I’ve been the guy on crutches, and because city life just goes a lot better if people look out for each other a little.

    Usually, my offer was accepted with thanks; occasionally politely declined. I was never pilloried or harangued as “that jerk who assumed I was pregnant” or whatever, so I think *that* concern, which I’ve seen expressed, is overblown. And, you know, even if there were a realistic chance of that happening, so what? Do I need to behave badly because somebody else might behave badly?

    I’ll add that I’m confident that my grown son and daughters would do the same as I always did, by the way.

    The whole thing about just being zoned out and not realizing who’s around you gets into other territory a little bit. Whether we owe it to others or not, I’ve always told my kids, and reminded myself, to keep at least basically aware of your surroundings for your own safety if nothing else.

  • R.A. Stewart

    I live in the North Side’s forgotten ward (the 50th) and am disappointed that we won’t get our few Divvy installations after all, but not surprised. I give Mia Birk credit for stating the situation frankly.

  • Anne A

    Being aware of one’s surroundings is a good idea, both for courtesy and personal safety.