Today’s Headlines

  • Task Force Will Brainstorm Transportation Solutions for Museum Campus (Sun-Times)
  • Waguespack Blasts Klein & Kubly Over Red Light Cameras (Expired Meter)
  • Park District Transforming 45 Acres on SE Side to Calumet Bike Park (DNA)
  • Cyclist Killed in Metra Train Crash in Desplaines (CBS)
  • Driver Who Killed Senior in Edgewater Charged With Reckless Homicide (Fox)
  • Bike Theft Victims Report That Police Were Unhelpful (CBS)
  • Riding the Lolla Train: CTA Turning Service up to 11 for Music Fest (RedEye)
  • … But Transpo Snafus Will Abound, & Metra Is Banning Bikes & Booze (DNA)

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  • CL

    The article on how the police handle bike thefts is interesting. My sense is that they rarely have time to investigate theft, due to insufficient manpower and the the department’s (understandable) focus on violence. In some areas, they don’t even have enough time to investigate murders thoroughly — detectives have way too many cases at once.

    I agree with the victim who said they should at least take the report for the purpose of crime statistics. With no serial number, you’re never getting the bike back, but it should still count as a theft in that police beat.

    They should also help when the victim does the work for them and finds the person who stole the bike. One of my friends did this, and she got to participate in a sting as described in the article — she met the thief to “purchase” her own bike, and then the cops appeared. I imagine that’s a very satisfying experience.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Sigh. One day the City will learn the difference between the word “progressive” and “populist” and finally call Waguespack what he really is.

  • Str0ng

    Waguespack is basically the Elizabeth Warren of the alderman. Spewing off unrealistic progressive BS that his internet fans will love but are unrealistic, not practical, and sure to never win support in the council.

  • ohsweetnothing

    I consider myself a progressive, and I don’t think he takes many “bold” progressive stances on anything. Anti-meter deal? More transparency? Greater oversight and accountability over government programs? Ok sure, but what small government conservative wouldn’t want that too?

  • ohsweetnothing

    My personal experience with Chicago PD when my bike was stolen was fantastic. They even went and set up the fake sting for me while I waited in the station for them to return. A few of them biked themselves and were almost as worked up as I was with the whole situation.

    But of course, anecdote doesn’t = data. Based on the story is sounds like the issue is that there’s no set protocol for what to do with reported bike thefts…

  • cjlane

    a small government conservative might *favor* the meter deal, albeit not on the ridiculous giveaway terms that Daley agreed to in order to paper over the budget crisis while the Olympics were still possible.

  • cjlane

    “Cyclist Killed in Metra Train Crash”

    “Metra Train Driver Kills Cyclist”

  • Str0ng

    They would have at least promoted an open bidding process, and if that failed to turn up less than 2 parties of interest, they would have outsourced management for a fee to a firm that would institute dynamic pricing like San Francisco has in some parts of town.

  • The syntax is intentional. While car-pedestrian or car-bike fatalities are generally avoidable if the driver is going the speed limit and paying attention, Metra fatalities usually aren’t caused by negligence on the part of the driver — it’s pretty difficult to suddenly stop a commuter train.

  • Anne A

    Seems like this type of thing varies a lot by police district.

  • cjlane

    Yeah, I know. And I know that the Edgewater death was 100% the fault of the driver. No argument there.

    But you *absolutely* prejudge every crash involving a car as “driver kills”, when that is not a 100% fact.

  • cjlane

    Yes, because “small government conservatives” take their cues from what EsEff does. The only example better for a “small government conservative” is Red China. Sheesh.

    Absolutely, your proposal is what *anyone* concerned about maximizing the benefit to the public would/should have done. I was simply noting that, for the single issue of privatizing public assets, a SGC would be at least s likely to be “for” as “anti-“.

  • Again, it’s rare for a fatal car crash to be an unavoidable “accident” if the driver was obeying the speed limit and paying attention, although the authorities and other news sources often describe crashes this way and use “robot car” language to avoid acknowledging that there was a person behind the wheel. That’s why Streetsblog generally describes these crashes in a manner that holds the motorist responsible for taking a life.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Well at least there are a few alderman than aren’t walking in lockstep with the others.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Yes, who cares about whether something is good policy or not. It’s better to be seen as independent and against The Man. That’s what being progressive is all about.

  • rohmen

    The whole “robot car” argument strays way too close to the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” argument gun-nuts break out all the time for my liking. Which is kind of ironic considering the gun-nuts generally resort to that exact type of argument in an attempt to take the emphasis off of how dangerous guns are in a person’s hands in the first place by placing the blame on a select few “reckless” individuals, rather than on gun culture and a lack of regulation at large.

    Point being, be careful of the unintended consequences that flow from trying to reshape the narrative.

  • cjlane

    The ghost bikes I go past most regularly are examples of situations where the person responsible for taking the life was the *cyclist* behaving recklessly. This one was, too. Thus, I would propose a third way:

    “Cyclist fatally injured after riding into path of Metra train”

    Which places the responsibility for the “accident” squarely on the person who was behaving irresponsibly. The train did nothing wrong; the cyclist did.

  • Str0ng

    They aren’t nuts, they are people who value their 2nd amendment rights FYI.

  • “The ghost bikes I go past most regularly are examples of situations where the person responsible for taking the life was the *cyclist* behaving recklessly.” Not sure where you’re getting that from. In the vast majority of cases where a Chicago bicyclist was memorialized with a ghost bike, there was no evidence that the behavior of the cyclist was to blame. In most cases, the death was clearly the fault of the driver or someone who opened their car door without looking.

  • cjlane

    In “most” cases. Whatever.

    It’s no less horrible and tragic when the rider does something reckless, or careless or, stupid (like ride in front of a train), or simply loses balance.

    But your view is that the only person who has the capacity to bear responsibility is the driver of a car. If a cyclist rides thru a red light, that’s nobody’s fault. If a cyclist rides around a train barrier, that’s nobody’s fault.