Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, January 12

  • The Illiana Tollway May Not Be Completely Dead Yet (Herald)
  • Illinois’ Loss of Population Is Bad News for Our Infrastructure (MPC)
  • CDOT’s Sean Wiedel Talks About the Future of Divvy (SUMC)
  • Driver Fatally Struck 61-Year-Old Woman in the Ashburn Neighborhood (Sun-Times)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Seriously Injured 2 Pedestrians in Austin on New Year’s Day (DNA)
  • Driver Injured After Crashing Into Storefront in Back of the Yards (Fox)
  • 49th Ward Releases Map of Proposed Rogers Park Greenway, Meeting This Thursday (DNA)
  • Could Bathrooms Be Included as Part of 606’s Julia de Burgos Park Expansion? (DNA)
  • Cabbies Are Annoyed That the City Chose 2 Different “Universal” Taxi-Hailing Apps (DNA)
  • To Fight January Slump, Uber Is Reducing Fares in 100 Cities, But Not Chicago (Tribune)
  • City Tears Down Wacker Igloo Built by Guy Fed Up With Unshoveled Crosswalks (DNA)
  • Public Meeting on the New ERA Trail Proposal Next Monday (DNA)

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Note: Streetsblog Chicago will suspend publication from January 25-29, while editor John Greenfield visits Mexico City. After John returns, he’ll have reports on the Metrobús bus rapid transit system (which includes a similar layout as Chicago’s Ashland BRT proposal), the local Ciclovia car-free event, and other transportation initiatives.

  • Anne A

    Glad to hear the news about the New ERA Trail meeting. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Anne A

    The pedestrian hit by a car in Ashburn was Marian Hayes, part of our Slow Roll community – a creative soul, prolific photographer and jazz afficionado. She will be missed by many.

  • Chicagoan

    RIP, Marian. How many people must we lose so senselessly before appropriate actions are taken city-wide? Cyclists and pedestrians deserve the same protections as motorists. We’ll get there one day, I just wish it’d come faster.

  • Anne A

    The intersection of 87th and Kedzie is the very definition of a stroad. It’s definitely NOT a ped- or bike-friendly location.

  • Scott Sanderson

    I am one of the people who left Illinois in 2015. A big reason was that I never felt safe on a bicycle in Chicago with my kids. Now we live in Colorado–many more safe places to ride, sunny weather, awesome mountains, cheaper housing, the city actually owns its own street parking spaces, and it helps that the city/county/state are not drowning in debt. Colorado allocated $100M last year to new bike infrastructure. I recognize that Chicago made some bike improvements over the period 2003-2015, but they just were not coming fast enough for us.