Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, August 10

  • City Will Propose Transit TIF to Secure $600M for Red-Purple Modernization (Tribune)
  • State Budget Mess Means Metra Will Have to Delay Purchase of 357 Rail Cars (Tribune)
  • Chainlink Member Aims to Provide Links to Reports on Every U.S. Bike Fatality
  • Homicide Charge After Driver Rear-Ends Motorcycle Carrying Girlfriend (Sun-Times)
  • Injury of Worker Temporarily Shuts Down Western Segment of Forest Park Branch (CBS)
  • Police Warn of Robber Targeting CTA Riders on the Red Line Near Howard Street (CBS)
  • DNA Looks at Plans to Reopen Chicago’s Oldest ‘L’ Station House
  • Touhy/Ridge/Rogers Will Be Realigned Next Year, Won’t Get Stoplight (DNA)
  • Active Trans: The I&M Canal Trail Should Be Extended to Connect With Chicago
  • Will Oak Park Fund Its Proposed Bike Plan Next Year? (Tribune)
  • How Much Does Walkability Influence Chicago Home Prices? (Curbed)
  • WXRT DJ Emma Mac Shares GoPro Footage of Her Evening Bike Commute

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  • mrplanner

    ah, the ol she was not wearing a helmet news report. Uh, sun times, I think she died because a crazy boyfriend rammed the moto she was on not, you know, the helment situation.

  • rohmen

    I guess there’s more to the story, but the Waukegan motorcycle death sounds more like domestic-related first-degree murder, not reckless homicide. My only guess is there must have been something that indicated he didn’t intentionally ram them, or else this is a set up for a pretty sweetheart plea deal here.

  • rohmen

    Oak Park will be interesting to watch with bike lanes on side streets. The roads end up being pretty narrow, as Oak Park allows parking on both sides and the streets are narrower than Chicago. The plus of that is traffic moves slower, but the negative is that cyclists can be turned off by how close cars get to them to pass in sections.

    The question will be how politicians and residents react to (I assume) removing parking from one side of the street to install the lanes. It’s a little weird out here how entitled people feel with regards to being able to park directly in front of their homes, and conversely how bent out of shape they get when others routinely park in front of their home. My Oak Park street recently got enough signatures on a petition to ban parking from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day just so people wouldn’t park (10 cars at most on the whole street) and walk to the blue line stop.

  • On extending the I&M, it’s physically very difficult to accomplish. The required land is packed with industrial uses (who don’t want the public eye up close), contaminated lands, railroads and highways, and few access points. An extension to provide an access point at 75th would make sense. Any further extensions would be exorbitantly expensive.