Today’s Headlines for Thursday, August 23

  • Organizer of Anti-Violence March: Take the Blue Line to Avoid O’Hare Road Shutdown (Sun-Times)
  • Despite Its Theft Problem, Divvy Gets High Marks as a Well-Managed System (SRC)
  • Chicago’s Bike Lane Uprising Is Setting up Shop in Portland (Bike Portland)
  • Actually, a “Funnel” Did Briefly Touch Down Near a Metra Line on Monday (NBC)
  • How Road Crossing Work Will Affect Metra North Passengers (Patch)
  • St. Louis Mom Will Be One of the 1st Hijabis to Compete in Chicago Triathlon (Tribune)
  • Hitting (up) the Bong (State Rec Area) Results in Bike Navigation Problems (Tribune)
  • A Dallasite Checks out the Chicago Pedway (Dallas News)
  • Vision Zero West Side Summer Event Series Starts Tomorrow 6-9 PM in Hubbard Park

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Unfortunately, due to a major sponsorship that didn’t materialize in time, we didn’t hit $50K by the midnight 8/1 deadline. Fortunately, The Trust has graciously extended the deadline to 9/1. We’re currently at $49,555, so we’ve got only $445 left to raise.

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