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  1. Once Again, Alderman Maldonado Calls Automated Enforcement a Money GrabRead the original story

    Jan 16, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    It's commendable that 26th Ward alderman Roberto Maldonado recently offered to help his constituents navigate the potentially confusing process of contesting their red light camera tickets. But, for the second time in recent memory, the alderman is also trying to come off as a populist by characterizing automated enforcement, which has been proven to save lives in cities around the word , as a scheme to rip off hardworking Chicagoans.

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  2. Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for ResidentsRead the original story

    Jan 13, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    In 1909, American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham and his colleague Edward H. Bennett published the Plan of Chicago , a transportation-based blueprint for urban growth in the metropolis whose motto "Urbs in Horto" means "City in a Garden." Appropriately, the plan placed a special emphasis on the preservation and expansion of Chicago's parks, particularly along the lakefront.

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  3. Rob Sadowsky on Why He Got Fired From Street Trust, Isn't Returning to ChicagoRead the original story

    Jan 11, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Yesterday Bike Portland reported that Rob Sadowsky, who led Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance in the 2000s, was abruptly let go from his job as director of the Street Trust by that organization's board of directors. [Disclosure: As an Active Transportation Alliance employee and consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation's bike program in the mid-2000s, I indirectly worked under Sadowsky.] Contrary to an anonymous tip I received last night - more on that later - Sadowsky is not returning to Chicago to work at Active Trans.

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  4. 66-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck in the Garfield Ridge NeighborhoodRead the original story

    Jan 10, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    A senior who was struck and killed by a driver in the Garfield Ridge community in what appears to be the second pedestrian fatality case of 2017. On Sunday, January 8, at about 1:40 a.m., the driver was heading south on in the 5200 block of South Central Avenue when he struck the senior, according to Police News Affairs.

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  5. Logan Groups Raise Support for 100% Affordable TOD Through Petition DriveRead the original story

    Jan 10, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Amidst the ongoing controversy over Logan's upscale transit-oriented development boom and its impact on local housing prices, the push to convert a parking lot next to the Logan Square station into a 100-percent-affordable TOD is picking up steam. Local neighborhoods groups are gathering signatures on petitions about the plan and 35th Ward alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has been a vocal supporter of the plan and other affordable housing efforts in his district.

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  6. Thanks Obama: Feds Award $1 Billion for Red and Purple ModernizationRead the original story

    Jan 9, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    It came as no surprise, but it was still a relief, when officials announced today that the $1 billion federal grant for the CTA's Red and Purple Modernization project has been approved, a mere 11 days before an anti-transit Republican administration takes over Washington. The $2.1 billion first phase RPM project will rebuild the Red and Purple Line tracks from Lawrence to Howard, upgrade signals, reconstruct four station and create a flyover just north of the Belmont stop to eliminate conflicts between Red, Purple, and, Brown Line trains.

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  7. $50 Million Garfield Gateway Project Will Spruce Up the Green Line StationRead the original story

    Jan 9, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Yesterday Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA president Dorval Carter, Jr., Congressman Danny Davis, and Congressman Bobby Rush announced plans for the $50 million Garfield Gateway project , which involves functional and cosmetic improvements to the Garfield Green Line station. The 'L' stop serves nearly 475,000 riders annually and provides connections with the #55 Garfield bus, which carries more than 3 million customers each year, with connections to the University of Chicago and Midway Airport.

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  8. Landlord Is Blocking Relocation Deal for Tenants Displaced by TOD PlanRead the original story

    Jan 3, 2017 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Before ringing in the new year, at least thirty longtime Logan Square residents and affordable housing turned out for a rally near the California Blue Line station organized by the Autonomous Tenants Union and Somos Logan Square, calling on a local landlord to stop blocking a proposed relocation agreement that would help his low-income tenants, who are being forced out of his building by plans for a transit-oriented development, find new homes. Landlord Francisco Macias owns the six-unit building at 2340 North California, which, along with a car wash, is slated to be demolished to make room for an upscale, 138-unit transit-oriented development by Savoy Development.

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  9. Lincolnwood Builds New Segments of the Valley Line Trail and the Weber SpurRead the original story

    Dec 30, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    The northern suburb of Lincolnwood recently filled in the final gap in the Valley Line Trail, a paved multiuse path that runs from the Sauganash neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side to Skokie, creating an uninterrupted 4.5-mile corridor for transportation and recreation. The trail has been developed in segments along a former Union Pacific railroad spur.

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  10. Will You Be the Chicagoan to Take Divvy's Ten-Millionth Ride?Read the original story

    Dec 29, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    The city announced today that the Divvy bike-share system is approaching its ten-million trip milestone, which would put it in an elite club of U.S. systems that also includes New York's Citi Bike and Washington D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare. As of today, the Chicago bike network has racked up over 9,985,000 trips.

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  11. Burke Will Bike Into Icy Lake Michigan to Raise Money for Vision Zero EffortsRead the original story

    Dec 28, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    This seems like a good time to thank Active Transportation Alliance director Ron Burke for his years of advocacy for biking, walking, and transit, since it's not clear whether he will survive the group's upcoming fundraising stunt. In an extreme twist on the famed Ice Bucket Challenge , Burke plans to ride his bike into the ice-water basin that is Lake Michigan in January to raise money for Active Trans' work promoting Vision Zero and other street safety initiatives.

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  12. Join Us for Our Monthly Meet-Up January 11 at Holiday ClubRead the original story

    Dec 27, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    As previously announced, our next Streetsblog Chicago reader meet-up will take place a little later in the month than usual, since Steven Vance is currently checking out transportation infrastructure in northern and central Europe, which he will report on when he gets home. I won't tell you what country he's in at the moment, but it's a safe bet he's enjoying some hearty goulash right now.

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  13. Amazon Driver Who Killed Telesflora Escamilla, 84, Charged With MisdemeanorsRead the original story

    Dec 23, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    A van driver working for a service that delivers for Amazon fatally struck longtime Little Village resident Telesflora Escamilla, 84, on Thursday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m., the mother of six was walking home from getting a haircut, police say.

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  14. Happy Birthday Loop LinkRead the original story

    Dec 22, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Loop Link bus rapid transit corridor. While the system doesn't seem to have dramatically sped up bus service from the previous, glacial 3 mph rush-hour average, it does appear that bus service is somewhat more efficient than it used to be, and is perhaps getting close to the city's modest goal of 6 mph speeds.

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  15. Fullerton/Damen/Elston Makeover Is a Net Neutral From a Livable Streets PerspectiveRead the original story

    Dec 21, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    While the city is heralding the $22.5 million redesign of the Fullerton/Damen/Elston intersection as a win for making urban travel more safe and efficient, it's really more of a tie. Yesterday Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially opened the new, curving section of Elston, which bypasses the intersection of Fullerton and Damen, where the three streets formerly met in a six-way junction.

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  16. Hedge Fund Billionaire Ken Griffin Donates $12M for Lakefront Trail SeparationRead the original story

    Dec 21, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    Chicagoans got an early holiday gift today as the city announced a $12 million donation for Lakefront Trail separation from hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin, the biggest single donor to both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. Residents have previously identified the creation of separate paths for pedestrians and bike riders on the 18.5-mile trail as a top priority for improving the lakefront, since conflicts between different modes can make the path downright chaotic during peak use periods.

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  17. Today's Headlines for Tuesday, December 20Read the original story

    Dec 20, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and 'L' train.

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  18. An Update on the Janice and Mark Wendling Bike Fatality CaseRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    People from the Chicago bike community have been asking about what's going on with the case of Janice and Mark Wendling , who were fatally struck from behind while biking near southwest suburban Morris, and why more serious charges weren't filed against the driver, so I wanted to provide a quick update. On June 21, Janice, a middle-school math teacher and her husband, Mark, a power plant engineer, were training for an upcoming charity bike ride on Old Stage Road, a two-lane highway west of Morris.

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  19. A Dud of a Tribune Editorial About Spud State-Style StoppingRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 16, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    It's like clockwork. Whenever the Tribune runs a sensible article about cycling, they always feel the need to level the playing field with a wrongheaded editorial or nonsensical anti-bike s creed .

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  20. A Tale of Two Trails: Why Is the Lakefront Plowed but Not the Bloomingdale?Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 16, 2016 | Streets Blog Chicago

    First off, a tip of the hat to the Chicago Park District for doing an excellent job with plowing and salting the North Lakefront Trail following last weekend's four-inch snowfall. When I've ridden it this week, in most places the path has been about as easy to ride on as in July - easier actually because it's not clogged with tons of pedestrians and cyclists have mashed down the unplowed snow, and it has frozen into a treacherous tundra, they say.

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