11 hours ago

Oak Park, the Village That Dropped Divvy, Plans DoBi Launch Next Year

...staff member investigating DoBi systems, to contact the neighboring villages of River Forest, Forest Park, Cicero and Berwyn to collaborate on a regional system or at least ensure compatibility. Davis has been studying...

    Oak Park, the Village That Dropped Divvy, Plans DoBi Launch Next Year
    The Oak Park trustees who kicked Divvy out of their village in January directed their staff Monday night to prepare an ordinance that would authorize dockless bike-share ("DoBi") in 2019. But they're not about to let people park dockless bikes just anywhere.
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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

In Response to “Recent Series of Thefts,” Divvy Is Beefing up Dock Security

...and Washington Square Park on the Near North Side. He added that a resident near Fullerton and Greenview in Lincoln Park called in thefts from the local bike-share station to the police...

...past week. Other people have told me they witnessed theft attempts at the stations near Erie and Dearborn in River North, and Granville and Broadway in Edgewater, and spotted three unattended bike-share...

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...they witnessed theft attempts at the stations near Erie and Dearborn in River North, and Granville and Broadway in Edgewater, and spotted three unattended bike-share cycles on Clybourn...

    In Response to "Recent Series of Thefts," Divvy Is Beefing up Dock Security
    On Saturday Streetsblog Chicago alerted the Chicago Department of Transportation and Divvy of multiple recent social media reports of thefts of Divvy bikes.
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  • Bye

    On the block for Divvy thefts or on the block? Always call 911 when you see a crime

  • Someone HAD called, & the officers were there quickly. Of course, if the police were not present already, I would have called 911. So, stop instructing people already. You presume a great deal...

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Milwaukee Bike Lanes Will Be Upgraded With Concrete Curbs From Ohio to Chicago

...on streets like Sacramento in Douglas Park, 31st near the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Elston near Fullerton and Damen...

In addition to the curb protected bike lanes, the project includes sidewalk extensions, a pedestrian island crossing Milwaukee at Erie, and a “floating” transit island at Carpenter for the southbound #56 Milwaukee Avenue bus.

    Milwaukee Bike Lanes Will Be Upgraded With Concrete Curbs From Ohio to Chicago
    The northbound and southbound bike lanes will each be closed for two weeks during construction The wave of the (near) future for Chicago protected bike lanes should be concrete curbs. Unlike flexible plastic posts, they provide cyclists with actual physical protection from motorists, and they can be used to physically prevent drivers from entering the bikeway.
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  • Doug vanderHoof Neighbor in GGNA, video producer

    Good move all around. Bikes are good for retail and health and this encourages more people to risk it.
    I wonder why more streets don't have bike lanes protected by parked cars?

Jul 10

Damen Green Stop Will Have a Skybridge With Awesome Views

Lake and Damen, the future station location. Photo: CDOT

    Damen Green Stop Will Have a Skybridge With Awesome Views
    The upcoming $60 million Damen Green Line stop already promised to be a transformative project for the Near West Side, but the recently unveiled design indicates that it will be yet another transit station showpiece for the city.
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Jul 09

The City Is Finally Tackling the Complex, Dangerous Cermak/Wentworth Intersection

...officials kicked off work to straighten out the skewed, dangerous, and sometimes deadly intersection of Cermak and Wentworth in the heart of Chinatown. The dog-leg junction is nearly a perfect storm of...

...and Cermak, and will also include building a new plaza on the east side of Wentworth at 19th to highlight the entrances to both parts of Ping Tom Park. A mid-block crossing...

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...Development. CDOT is also coordinating relocation of bus stops with the Chicago Transit Authority along Wentworth and Archer, including installation of new concrete bus pads...

The recently reconstructed section of Wentworth at 18th Street. Photo: John Greenfield

    The City Is Finally Tackling the Complex, Dangerous Cermak/Wentworth Intersection
    Today city officials kicked off work to straighten out the skewed, dangerous, and sometimes deadly intersection of Cermak and Wentworth in the heart of Chinatown. The dog-leg junction is nearly a perfect storm of traffic complications, sitting just west of a massive access ramp for the Dan Ryan and a CTA Red Line station with high foot traffic.
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Jul 04

CDOT Will Install Speed Cams at 5 Locations Where Residents Requested Them

Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve Avenue

Camera on the 8000 block of W. Forest Preserve Avenue.

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Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Avenue

Camera on the 3800 block of W. Diversey Avenue.

Acero Schools, including Major Hector P. Garcia MD High School, 4248 W. 47th Street (Formerly Uno Schools)

Near North Montessori School,  1434 W. Division Street

Camera on the 1400 block of W. Division Street.

Camera on the 800 block of E. 71stStreet.

    CDOT Will Install Speed Cams at 5 Locations Where Residents Requested Them
    Even though studies in cities around the country and the world have found that traffic enforcement cameras are effective in reducing crashes and serious injuries, there has been a major backlash against the technology in Chicago. Some of that is understandable, due to the Redflex bribery scandal, and glitches with the cams, such as unexplained spikes in ticketing.
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Jul 03

Eyes on the Street: A City Bikeway Versus a Mellow Route

...flatbed truck driver fatally struck health coach Anastasia Kondrasheva, 23, as she cycled north on Damen at Addison. Her ghost bike memorial is visible at the end of this video clip from yesterday...

...3 p.m., which provides a sense of non-rush-hour traffic volumes on the 3500 block of North Damen...

    Eyes on the Street: A City Bikeway Versus a Mellow Route
    Last month I published the Mellow Chicago Bike Map in the Chicago Reader, highlighting lower-stress side street cycling routes, based on my nearly three decades of navigating our city on two wheels, plus recommendations from dozens of local bike advocates.
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Jun 29

Hot Weather Biking Tips for This Scorching Weekend

...route memorializing longtime participant Karl Szwet, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, departing a little after 6. And Saturday is the fabulous Tour de Fat, the major...

    Hot Weather Biking Tips for This Scorching Weekend
    It's going to be in the mid-nineties this afternoon and tomorrow, but there's a Critical Mass Ride tonight, with a proposed route memorializing longtime participant Karl Szwet, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, departing a little after 6.
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Jun 19

Updated Jun 29

Details on the Chill New Way to Bike to Evanston

...to the lakefront. A new sidewalk will also be built on the east side of Glenwood south of Pratt...

    Details on the Chill New Way to Bike to Evanston
    Among the 20 new miles of bikeways the Chicago Department of Transportation has planned for 2018, one of the most useful new routes will be the Rogers Park Greenway. It will extend the popular Glenwood Greenway in Uptown and Edgewater by a couple of miles miles and create a low-stress way to visit Evanston, our neighbor to the north.
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  • d3 NoHo

    There aren't cars parked on the grass other than the foot along the curb which in most places is concrete..and specifically allowed on these blocks in Chicago city ordinance

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    Good to know.

Jun 27

Eyes on the Street: A New Raised Crosswalk on the Dearborn Protected Lane

...the Chicago Department of Transportation installed a short raised crosswalk by the Goodman Theater entrance, 170 North Dearborn which doubles as a speed bump for the Dearborn two-way protected bike lane, one...

    Eyes on the Street: A New Raised Crosswalk on the Dearborn Protected Lane
    A year or two ago the Chicago Department of Transportation installed a short raised crosswalk by the Goodman Theater entrance, 170 North Dearborn which doubles as a speed bump for the Dearborn two-way protected bike lane, one of the city's busiest bikeways.
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Jun 27

LimeBike: Chicagoans Should Lobby the City to Drop the “Lock-to” Rule

...be distributed to each of the four quadrants of the pilot area, roughly divided by State Street and 103rd Street, at any one time...

    LimeBike: Chicagoans Should Lobby the City to Drop the "Lock-to" Rule
    After this Sunday, wheel-lock-only dockless bike-share cycles will be banned Recently I've checked in with Ofo and Pace about how Chicago's dockless bike-share experiment, which started in early May, is going from their perspectives, so now it's LimeBike's turn.
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Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Why Direct Biking Streets Aren’t Always the Safest or Most Enjoyable Option

...parallels the west side of the Kennedy Expressway) serves as an awesome alternative to hectic Milwaukee and Elston between Irving Park and Addison. A couple blocks south of Addison, you can bear right...

    Why Direct Biking Streets Aren't Always the Safest or Most Enjoyable Option
    Side side street itineraries are great for low-stress riding -- especially with kids It's fitting that John Greenfield's Mellow Chicago Bike Map project has helped to rekindle my love of cycling in Chicago. John and I met 20 years ago at some kind of bicycle planning event, back when the Chicago Department of Transportation's bike map was more aspirational than boastful.
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Jun 24

City Plans to Expand TOD Ordinance to Include High-Frequency Bus Corridors

...possible strategies to encourage TOD along busy bus routes, focusing at first on Western, Ashland, Chicago Avenue and 79th Street. These four routes experience ridership that meets or exceeds areas of the Blue, Orange, Green...

    City Plans to Expand TOD Ordinance to Include High-Frequency Bus Corridors
    In 2013 City Council passed Chicago's first transit-oriented development ordinance, which halved the number of required on-site parking spots at new developments near transit stations - previously a 1:1 ration was mandated. In 2015 the Council beefed up the ordinance by essentially eliminating parking requirements near 'L' and metra stations, and doubled the size of the TOD zones.
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Jun 22

Lots of Fun Stuff Is Planned for Divvy’s 5-Year Anniverssary

...with a birthday party on Sunday, July 1st, 5 p.m. at Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph. The shindig features birthday cake rider awards, a cookie decorating contest, lawn games, a photo...

    Lots of Fun Stuff Is Planned for Divvy's 5-Year Anniverssary
    I remember the rainy evening in late June, 2013, when Divvy bikes were first released in Chicago. A phalanx of the chunky, baby-blue cycles stood on kickstands under the Picasso sculpture. At the appointed time, ceremony attendees were invited to take them for a spin.
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