Mar 27

Updated 12 hours ago

Not NO but HELL NO to Bike Lanes on Stony Island

Stop this madness of installing bike lanes in areas where there are no bikers.
Gabe Kline, the ousted previous CDOT Commissioner, admitted that they sometimes put in bike lanes where there were no bikers to "control people who are apt to break laws". Enough! Stop trying to heard us around with bike lanes like cattle in the stock yard.

Dave Smith of the Chicago Department of Transportation explains how Stony Island Avenue's eight lanes handle half of the traffic that...

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Stop this madness of installing bike lanes in areas where there are no bikers.
Gabe Kline, the ousted previous CDOT Commissioner, admitted that they sometimes put in bike lanes where there were no bikers to "control people who are apt to break laws". Enough! Stop trying to heard us around with bike lanes like cattle in the stock yard.

Dave Smith of the Chicago Department of Transportation explains how Stony Island Avenue's eight lanes handle half of the traffic that Lake Shore Drive sees every day.
SOUTH SHORE — The Chicago Department of Transportation is considering taking traffic lanes out of Stony Island Avenue to create new bike lanes.

Among the options presented was a proposal to remove one lane from northbound side of the street to create two-way bicycle lanes separated from traffic by a thin landscaped median.

Other options included cutting one lane from both the northbound and southbound sides of the street for bike lanes protected from traffic by landscaped medians.

South Shore residents were skeptical that adding bike lanes would increase cycling on the street, and many thought removing a lane would add to congestion as rush hour traffic plods along Stony Island from the Skyway to South Lake Shore Drive.

Smith said the eight lanes of Stony Island currently handle about 35,000 cars per day, half of the 70,000 cars that travel Lake Shore Drive every day.

He said traffic studies found that cyclists do use the street to get to 71st Street and then over to the lakefront, and that the street is not safe for cycling now, with about 45 bike accidents in the last five years on Stony Island.

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) was not immediately convinced the bike lanes would be a good idea, but was encouraged that there is a clear source of funding.

“I have not been a big proponent of it, but I will defer to the community,” Hairston said.

  • Marc Monaghan Photojournalist

    @Don -

    "Trying to compare transportation in New York and Chicago doesn't work on many levels not the least of which being that New York City has public transportation that works and serves all boroughs."

    Confusing response to me, because this statement basically argues in favor of my point. Yes,...

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    @Don -

    "Trying to compare transportation in New York and Chicago doesn't work on many levels not the least of which being that New York City has public transportation that works and serves all boroughs."

    Confusing response to me, because this statement basically argues in favor of my point. Yes, NYC has public transportation that works, so we (Chicago) do have a lot of room for improvement. I suppose we could go the other way and be like Los Angeles with 17% of households without cars and, perhaps, the worst public transit system in the US.

    There is a future in front of us, and it is coming - smaller cars, shared cars, better public transit and, yes, bicycles for daily transport not just for recreation.

    My bet, bike lanes on Stony in 6 months; what's yours?

  • Don

    Yes we do have a lot of room for improvement but I do not understand our lack of long range planning. We just completed mayor work on the Red Line and now we are talking about expanding it. Wouldn't it have made more sense, and cost much less, to have done that when the equipment and crews were there?

    My bet bike lanes on Stony Island will not be installed south of 67th Street.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

It's about time!!!! Illinois awards $52M for bike, walking paths

It's about time that walking and biking are becoming 'mainstream', what's up with that?

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9502039

April 13, 2014 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- Illinois officials say more than $52 million in federal funds will be invested in local alternative transportation projects.

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday the money will pay for 71 projects across the state, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification.

The money comes from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program - federal money that is doled out...

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It's about time that walking and biking are becoming 'mainstream', what's up with that?

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9502039

April 13, 2014 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- Illinois officials say more than $52 million in federal funds will be invested in local alternative transportation projects.

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday the money will pay for 71 projects across the state, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification.

The money comes from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program - federal money that is doled out competitively and encourages transportation-related projects.

Quinn says the projects will support more than 400 jobs.

The program is designed to encourage alternative transportation options, including bike and pedestrian trails and streetscape upgrades. Local matching funds are required.

The current round of applications to the Illinois Department of Transportation included 232 applications requesting funding totaling nearly $261 million.

(Copyright ©2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Don

    I am fine with this as long as they are not planning to try to take away car lanes on major thoroughfares like Stony Island.

  • waymond 2 1/2 Years in South Shore

    Sorry, but those plans have already been made.

  • Don

    Not quite, the area I am concerned about (67th Street to 79th Street) has not been decided and 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston is seeking community input. She can be reached at 773-324-5555 or lhairston@cityofchicago.org. If only the drivers that drove through there in one day called she would get 35,000 calls.

Apr 09

South Shore Chamber, Inc - April 04 E-Newsletter

Bobby L. Rush Grant Seminar 4/11; ABJ 20th Anniversary - Grand Opening for Music and Media Lab 4/14
******* READ THE LATEST NEWSLETTER
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=edc7d0ca66aeccab649167b5c&id=6710548090&e=[UNIQID]

Mar 30

Updated Apr 02

Helicopters last week

My sister told me that someone got shot last week and that is why there was so much activity with the police and helicopters.

Mar 02

Updated Mar 30

Health conscious people of South Shore.....Let's get together!

I want to start a meditation group and possibly a monthly vegan potluck....or maybe we can do both at the same time. Anyone interested?

  • My wife and I are interested. drepauls@yahoo.com

  • Asha Professional, licensed, medical massage therapist

    I'm looking at the last Sunday in April to start. I'll be sending out a mass email this week to everyone to confirm, introduce myself more formally, and explain my intentions for the group. Please make sure I have your emails. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

    MeditationWithAsha@gmail.com

Mar 24

Updated Mar 26

Demolish to build a drive-thru McD's at 71st and Jeffery - I think NOT - Sign the Petition

Please share and sign. They are trying to demolish and turn the space at 71st and Jeffery (old Jeffery Theater with great history) into the a drive thru only McDonalds. The area doesn't need another McD/fast food or more congestion. The 14 bus already takes away a lane during rush hour, Metra trains halt traffic all day, East/West traffic is one way, there are no left turns from any street at that intersection, and some streets along 71st to the...

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Please share and sign. They are trying to demolish and turn the space at 71st and Jeffery (old Jeffery Theater with great history) into the a drive thru only McDonalds. The area doesn't need another McD/fast food or more congestion. The 14 bus already takes away a lane during rush hour, Metra trains halt traffic all day, East/West traffic is one way, there are no left turns from any street at that intersection, and some streets along 71st to the North are closed due to the High Lands. Bad idea...

"Help us fight Urban Partnership Bank's plan to replace their location at 71st & Jeffery with yet another strip mall. Take a stand to Save South Shore's Crossroads! Sign this petition.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-south-shores-crossroads";

  • Happy making better choices

    Thanks everyone for the input. We all want healthy neighboorhoods and there is no one way. Multiple attacks to these issues is great. Chat away, this is an issue many areas are facing so thoughts are welcomed.

    When there is something of value ppl come. I think mid range establishment...

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    Thanks everyone for the input. We all want healthy neighboorhoods and there is no one way. Multiple attacks to these issues is great. Chat away, this is an issue many areas are facing so thoughts are welcomed.

    When there is something of value ppl come. I think mid range establishment could thrive depending on where in SS.. I bet that storefront would be clean and clear plus they would make their voice known. It could be seen as an adventure for others to come to "the other side of town" and get great food or products. That leads to ppl looking around and possibly attracting more business and new residents.

    A mix of renters and home owners is not an issue as long as everyone including landlords, honor the neighborhood and ppl. Looking at the ppl or buildings shouldn't scream slum lord, owner, or renter. That is the kind of neighborhood I would love to see SS become, there are already blocks that do this all over the city.

  • Don

    I stepped away and look at all the traffic today. Thanks for weighing in everyone. Let's hope some of those reading will appreciate that the residents didn't fail Dominic's or Urban Partners they failed us. If you wonder if we will pay premium prices check out the lines at Starbucks a few blocks away.

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 14

Updated Mar 14

South Shore Selected As Finalist For USA Neighborhood Of The Year Award!

Thank you Mary Steenson for entering South Shore into this year's competition.

Read the letter for Neighborhoods USA, Building Stronger Communities at the link below:
http://www.southshorechamberinc.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/nusa-SouthShore.pdf

  • Happy making better choices

    Sweet, looked for a way to inbox but can you black out the address info on the letter so it is not public unless she doesn't care of course :)

Mar 07

Updated Mar 11

Where will the Obama Library be? Turn right at the end of East 79th St.

The Obama Library will anchor the Chicago Lakeside Development and breath great, new life into South Shore. http://infographic-directory.com/2014/03/06/where-will-the-obama-presidential-library-be-built/

  • Dr. Magic (South Shore Republican) Stuck Living Here In South Shore Since 2011

    considering that Obama has done very little for black people compared to what he's done for illegal aliens and the gay community i can't help but note the irony of his presidential library being built in the black community.

  • I am not sure what the President can do for blacks only that would be legal. Further, what is it that you think he should do?
    Remember, whatever you think of them, illegal aliens and gays are fighting for specific rights. Blacks have fought and won the major battles on...

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    I am not sure what the President can do for blacks only that would be legal. Further, what is it that you think he should do?
    Remember, whatever you think of them, illegal aliens and gays are fighting for specific rights. Blacks have fought and won the major battles on civil rights. There are certainly some laws that ostensibly are not racially driven, but seem to have a disproportionate negative impact on blacks that still exist, like "stand your ground" laws in some states, and some issues around voting. The justice department seems to be on top of these.
    Do you think that most of the problems in the black community are federally driven, or more local in nature?

Mar 02

Updated Mar 07

Seven Grocers Turn Down Former Dominick's in South Shore, Alderman Says

In case you haven't seen this article, 7 grocers have decided against moving into the now closed Dominick's location at 71st & Jeffrey. I think it's a real shame that no one is willing to move here, but I'm sure that the unchecked rise in crime in South Shore over the past several years is the primary reason. Until we (residents, police, government) clean up the problem areas, no major business will open in the neighborhood.

Here's a link to the article:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140226/south-shore-above-79th/seven-grocers-turn-down-former-dominicks-south-shore-alderman-says

Feb 27

Updated Mar 02

Purchasing Soon

I will be purchasing soon at Ridgeland and 67th. Although I know that every neighborhood has its rough spots Im hoping that you all will share any information you may have concerning this block and general area.

  • The Unorthodox Man Free spirit and culture lover

    I use to live near there. There are many pros. That area is a visual heaven from April to October. There are a lot of beautiful nature scenes heading to the Lake. It comes with draw backs. Crime is rampant. In most cases, it can be avoided. All in all; ss is really nice.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

South shore shooting

79th Euclid Shooting. Group of guys shooting at grey car going west bound on 79th.

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