Added Dec 15 2012
I'd like to thank Alderman Chandler for hosting a news conference highlighting the bike lane planning deficiencies along Independence Boulevard. Alderman Chandler indicated that he voiced resident concerns to CDTO Commissioner Gabe Klein regarding unsafe conditions brought about by the new configuration of the bike lanes on Independence Boulevard. He indicated that Commissioner Klein responded that the lanes were "designed by a world class designer. What do those people know?" Alderman Chandler indicated that he supports bike lanes, but not that particular configuration due to the safety hazards. He could support a configuration like the one on Douglas Boulevard, which maintains curbside parking for residents, with the parking lanes immediately to the left of the parking area. Alderman Chandler spoke of how over 34 people got $150 parking tickets for parking in the curbside parking lanes rather than the new parking lanes. Typically parking tickets are $50.00, and redlight camera tickets are $100. These new lanes could end up being a revenue generator on the backs of low income people. Alderman Chandler also raised concerns that the lanes were done on a Sunday morning, with no warning, no community input and nobody from the local community working on the project.