Today’s Headlines for Friday, April 20

  • Van Driver Killed Kiare Woods, 2, While He Was Walking With Aunt in Englewood (Tribune)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Struck Dorata Gieslinska, 56, in Boystown (Sun-Times)
  • Man Sexually Assaulted and Robbed Woman on Francisco Platform (Sun-Times)
  • Sun-Times: IDOT Should Keep Releasing Data About Racially Biased Police Stops
  • Drawbridge Malfunction Causes Delays on Two Metra Lines (Tribune)
  • Project to Build 20,000 Homes on South Works Site Is on Hold (Tribune)
  • Part of Dodge Ave. PBLs May Get Removed Due to Gripes From Drivers (Evanston Now)
  • Active Trans‘ Full Recommendations for Rolling Out Dockless Bikeshare
  • Kass Notes Unfair Bike Ticketing, Dusts off “Little Bike People” Catchphrase (Tribune)
  • Photos Show LaSalle Financial District Has Essentially the Same Layout as in 1950 (Tribune)

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  • rwy

    The Evanston City Council is considering removing bike lanes from Dodge.

    http://evanstonnow.com/story/public-safety/bill-smith/2018-04-20/79660/dodge-bike-lanes-under-attack

  • Anne A

    I hope that the Evanston bike community can rally enough support to save the Dodge bike lanes. That’s a very disappointing bit of news.

  • Tooscrapps

    Whats a few more potentially life-altering injuries if I can’t even park right next to the curb?

    Hemingway may never have actually said it, but I thought us Oak Parkers had the monopoly on “broad lawns and narrow minds”.

  • Anne A

    Unfortunately, there’s no monopoly there.

    I know that some of that folks on that southern section of Dodge are quite old and have lived there a long time. Seems like they’re a bit less accepting of change than a lot of younger folks nearby.

  • Tooscrapps
  • edgewater_roadie

    I’ve ridden Dodge several times and feel completely trapped in these narrow lanes. The buffer zone is no longer respected by parkers and the sight lines are horrible. Buffered Bike Lanes, please!

  • Tooscrapps

    I’d rather be crowded by a parked car than a moving one. Sounds like the lanes could benefit from better barriers.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Kiare Woods.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Dorata Gieslinska.

  • Chicagoan

    Of course her name is Sheila.

  • rwy

    One woman at the town hall meeting a few weeks ago told us that when they where first put in, the police where ticketing drivers that where parking in the buffer zone. So she called Alderman Rainey, and Rainey had the police stop ticketing cars in the buffer zone.

  • rwy

    The city has a deficit. The city council is going to have a hard time justifying the cost of removing them.

    However, this backlash likely means that high stress streets in other parts of the city aren’t likely to get bicycle facilities.

  • Austin Busch

    There was also a suggestion that bikes only want “to go fast” and we should go back to “the way things used to be” when bikes rode on the sidewalks, never mind that being banned in a large part of Evanston, all of Chicago, and more of a safety hazard for her own self.

  • Austin Busch

    What’s especially sad is that the City Council agenda packet includes the stats on these bike lanes, which show marked improvement from 2015 to 2017, with 25 fewer accidents. But the arguments always surround small portions of the path, so the mayor and council members rely on heresay since the statistics aren’t large enough to “be complete”. No care for national statistics either, Evanston is *exceptional*.

  • Austin Busch

    She shouldn’t have said her street address, it’s not even on Dodge Ave.

  • Tooscrapps

    But what happens if she has a huge party and needs overflow parking around the corner? Please be considerate of her guests.

  • Jacob Wilson

    I definitely would not. Moving cars rarely open their doors for no reason.

    Interestingly, California/Dodge is the route almost all the group rides take out of the city and it’s always an issue deciding to take the unsafe bike lane or piss of motorists. Usually half take the lane and half take the bike track which accomplishes both.