Today’s Headlines for Monday, October 16

  • Teacher Cynthia Trevillion, 64, Killed in Crossfire by Morse ‘L’ Station (DNA)
  • Driver Fatally Struck Patricia Dahnke, 63, in Niles (Tribune)
  • As We Predicted, the Navy Pier Flyover Won’t be Completed Until 2019 (Tribune)
  • Alderman Beale Wants to Nearly Double the City Fee on Ride-Share Trips to $1 (Tribune)
  • Northwestern Public Health Review Looks at Slow Roll Chicago’s Bike Equity Advocacy
  • 95th Street Bus Boarding Locations Will Be Shuffled Later This Month for Station Rehab (DNA)
  • Crews Are Removing the Old Randolph/Washington ‘L’ Station This Week (Sun-Times)
  • Buono Scraps Plan for Tower by Division Blue Stop, Building Townhomes Instead (Curbed)
  • Chicago Bike Report: No-Right-Turn Signals for Drivers Next to Bike Lanes Are Unsafe
  • A Daily Herald Editor Discusses Why He Bike Commutes in the ‘Burbs Despite the Risk
  • Active Trans Hold Suburban Bike Advocacy Summits 10/21 in Schaumburg, 10/28 in Flossmoor

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  • Tooscrapps

    I like the idea in the Chicago Bike Report of lowering the bike signals, but overall, I think most motorists comply with the red arrow. While the green bike might be confusing to some motorist, I think the red arrow trumps it in the eyes of most.

    While I see a few here or there who turn against the red arrow when I ride, it’s not any more prevalent than people who disobey “No Turn on Red” or “No Left Turn” at other intersections around the city.

  • ardecila

    Interesting info about the flyover. It’s now being bundled with major repairs to the Outer Drive Bridge… not just the bridgehouses, through which the flyover will pass in a tunnel, but the whole bridge.

    Getting the flyover done sooner would be nice, but I’d rather the city take an extra year and spend a little more money to bundle these projects together and get a better value. Plus, the flyover will be usable after Phase 2 is complete, Chicagoans don’t need to wait for Phase 3 to start seeing benefits.

  • Jacob Wilson

    At this point I’m pretty much convinced the flyover is a boondoggle. The double decker LSD bridge has 12! lanes of auto traffic and the chaotic lower deck has excess capacity and desperately needs a road diet anyway for the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike.

    Missed opportunity and wasted funds.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Definitely disappointed the Flyover is going to drag out until 2019, but the reasons seem plausible enough.

    If they truly have been doing studies on the Flyover since 204 as the reporter stated, omitting any repair assessment of the larger infrastructure of LSD and the bridge until now is hard to justify. But, I suspect that by planning they are just referring to a public meeting where everyone stated the obvious, that the status quo was a disaster and needed to be addressed.

    It will be worth the wait, and better to do it right than to rush it, but, oy vey…

  • Kevin M

    From the DNAinfo article re: Buono’s Bosworth Barracks: “the development will feature a distinctively modern facade consisting primarily of architectural concrete and corrugated metal”

    Exposed concrete and corrugated metal–the building blocks of “luxury” in 21st Century Chicago architecture.

  • Anne A

    Uggghhh!!!

  • Anne A

    From what I’m seeing, most drivers are complying with the turn arrows. When they don’t, it gets kinda hairy.

  • Steven Vance

    “Most” is still a very low bar. It only takes one motorist to cause a disastrous crash.

  • JacobEPeters

    They get better every day. Especially if you educate anyone you see who displaying that they still can’t read a common no turn arrow signal. (we literally have thousands of these red arrows on traffic lights across the region)

  • Tooscrapps

    Same here. You can tell when someone isn’t going to comply: they are usually blocking the bike lane, menacing the crossing pedestrians.

  • Carter O’Brien
  • ardecila

    Oh, come on. There are plenty of spanking new, red-brick faux Victorian mansions in the city if that’s your thing. The Bosworth project is actually interesting because of the large shared roof terrace. It’s also nearly as dense as the previous high-rise proposal.

  • ardecila

    I agree with the article. The bike signal is extremely difficult to make out, especially during bad weather. It could easily look like a green turning arrow to a motorist, unless they have eagle eyes and the weather is clear.

    The bike signal isn’t relevant to motorists, so it shouldn’t be on the same mast arm as the traffic signals. All the motorists need to see is the primary signal and the protected turn signal. The bike signal could be mounted on the vertical pole, above or below the pedestrian signal, especially since the walk signal and the bike signal are almost always in sync at these intersections.

  • JacobEPeters

    I still believe that there is some value in the bike signal being clearly visible to motorists, since it highlights why there is a no turn on right arrow.

  • Fred

    I often see idiot drivers turning left on red on Wacker from northbound Dearborn across the bike lanes from the middle lane! Double ass-hattery making an illegal left turn from not a turn lane that just makes all road users angry.

  • Fred

    I’m amazed by the number of cyclists who blow the new signal on easbound Kinzie at Kingsbury. A fair number of cyclists turn left from Kingsbury on to east Kinzie and its scary when cyclists go full speed through the intersection while others are making a legal left turn to merge into the lane. I’m quite shocked that no bike-on-bike injury collisions have happened there.

  • planetshwoop

    Nope. Navy Pier is busy, that section is really miserable, and given that it’s a top tourist destination, it’s overdue for some bike infrastructure.

  • Tooscrapps

    That’s definitely a cabbie move (which Uber/Lyft drivers now imitate). I see them turn across the bike lane from the center lane on the Wells St. bridge all the time because god forbid they wait like everyone else in the right turn only lane.

  • rohmen

    I’ve ridden the Clinton PBL a handful of times, and each time I had a cabbie ignore the right on red signal and make a turn in front of me near the Union Station area. As you note below, the only thing that makes it even remotely tolerable is that you get a pretty good sense they’re going to do it before they make the left. In one instance, the cab at least yielded for me, and then completed the turn after I had passed.

    That said, it shows how little many drivers car about signals in such situations, and presents a pretty good argument for automatic enforcement.

  • ohsweetnothing

    *shrugs*

    I actually like exposed concrete (concrete in general tbh, brutalist fan over here) and think it’s a welcome change up from brick, brick facades, and faux wood paneling that’s more widely accepted. To each his own re: aesthetics.

  • planetshwoop

    I think the entitlement of “right on red” is so so pervasive and that’s a big part of the problem.

    Unless I’m in a hurry, I don’t turn right on red. It’s just not worth it. (Something I learned from Bob K.) But I get honked at, sworn at, pushed around, etc.

    So it feels like a thing some drivers expect to do everwhere, and there will be a learning curve.

  • Fred

    My wife and I have a saying for stupid uber driver behavior: “It’s ok, I’m an uber driver!”.

    Its inspired by the scene in Dumb and Dumber where Jim Carey runs to the airport gate and an employee tries to stop him from going down the jetway. He says “Its ok, I’m a limo driver!” and proceeds to faceplant off the end of the jetway.

  • johnaustingreenfield