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Category Archives: Chicago driving

Alderman: Milwaukee Avenue Protected Bike Lane Proposal Dead

A photo mockup of what the proposed protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue would have looked like. Photo credit: CDOT

A photo mockup of what the proposed protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue would have looked like. Photo credit: CDOT

The protected bike lanes proposed for Milwaukee Avenue on the city’s Northwest Side are dead, according to a spokesperson for Alderman John Arena (45th).

DNA Info reports the announcement that the controversial idea to remove a lane of traffic in each direction and install protected bike lanes had lost support of Arena.

The alderman had originally supported this proposal by the Chicago Department of Transportation over two other concepts.

“It just wasn’t going to be practical,” Arena’s spokesperson Owen Brugh told DNA Info.

Unauthorized Street Signs Pop-Up On Milwaukee Avenue

Pranksters erect fake, unauthorized street sign in Wicker Park. Photo credit: Reddit/Imgur

Pranksters erect fake, unauthorized street sign in Wicker Park. Photo credit: Reddit/Imgur

Some practical jokers seem to be having a laugh while poking phone of driving culture in the Wicker Park neighborhood according to RedEye.

Tuesday last week, workers for the Department of Streets and Sanitation pulled down three unauthorized signs along Milwaukee Avenue.

According to one account, the signs must have been erected in the early hours of Tuesday, August 12th by two young men on a ladder wearing T-shirts with the words “Reconstruction” on the back. The original photo was posted on Reddit.

A Bike Riding Writer Explores The Politics Of Potholes

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

Is there a relationship between politics and potholes?

Chicago Reader columnist Ben Jorvasky wanted to find out.

Jorvasky, an avid bike rider, took a long ride into several areas of the city to see if his theory that aldermanic allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel had less potholes on roads in their wards than aldermen who aren’t as cooperative with the powers that be.

Riding through mayoral critic Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward and into Ameya Pawar’s 47th and ending up in Joe Moore’s 49th, both loyalists to the Emanuel regime, he doesn’t seem to see a distinction to the state of streets in the city–they all suck writes Jorvasky.

State Street Bridge Closed 10 Days For Riverwalk Construction

Graphic courtesy of CDOT.

Graphic courtesy of CDOT.

Starting Wednesday, the State Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for 10 days to allow for construction work according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The bridge will be placed in the up position to allow for work connected to the Riverwalk construction project until August 23rd.

A pedestrian path is being constructed on the south bank of the of the Chicago River from State Street to Lake Street to link to the current Riverwalk which extends all the way to Lake Shore Drive.

All bus, bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic is being detoured during the week and a half of work.

Police Setup 2 Roadside Safety Checkpoints This Weekend

Uh-OhDrive extra carefully this weekend motorists.

That’s because Chicago Police are setting up two roadside safety checks this weekend in Logan Square and the Irving Park neighborhoods according to DNA Info.

One location will be at Irving Park Road and Springfield which is located on Irving between Elston Avenue and Pulaski by Independence Park and just east of 90/94.

Police will conduct the checks Saturday night from 7 PM to 3 AM looking for drunk drivers or motorists without seat belts or other infractions. This is second consecutive night of the roadside check.

The report did not mention the exact location of the checkpoint in Logan Square.

Please wear a seat belt and don’t drink and drive.

Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “Police Target Drunken Drivers in Irving Park, Logan Square Weekend Checks.”

Hat tip to Jeff! Thank you.

‘Smash & Grab’ Car Break-Ins Up In Some Chicago Neighborhoods

Graphic courtesy and copyright DNA Info Chicago.

Graphic courtesy and copyright DNA Info Chicago.

Never leave valuable stuff in your car where criminals can see it.

That’s the lesson DNA Info Chicago columnist Mark Konkol learned the hard way recently.

A thief smashed and grabbed his laptop, camera and other valuables leaving a hole in his window and shattered glass on his backseat for Konkol when he came back from having a drink with a friend in the River West neighborhood after work one evening.

So Konkol turned his misfortune into a reason to research the state of these type of vehicle break-ins in the city and found out some interesting stuff.

State Street Bridge Closed All Week For Riverwalk Construction

A small flotilla of boats passes through the open State Street Bridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Jeremy Atherton, © 2006.

A small flotilla of boats passes through the open State Street Bridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Jeremy Atherton, © 2006.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Better late than never.

The State Street Bridge over the Chicago River downtown will be closed all this week for construction work to be completed on a walkway for the Chicago Riverwalk according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The bridge closed to traffic Monday, July 14th at 6 AM and will reopen on Monday, July 21st at 6 !M.

Both the Clark Street and Dearborn Street bridges have been closed in past weeks for the same project to allow for support to be installed for the new walkway.

The city is extending the current Riverwalk pedestrian path which will, when finished, stretch from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. The Riverwalk currently terminates at Franklin Street.

Photo credit: Jeremy Atherton.

True Cost Of Speeding Ticket Much More Than The $120 Fine

?Graphic via:NerdWallet

The true cost of a speeding ticket in Illinois is 6.2 times the cost of the $120 fine–at least that’s what consumer finance website NerdWallet says.

The website did a survey of how insurance rates increase for drivers who receive speeding tickets based on the city they reside. NerdWallet says drivers who receive a speeding ticket for going 15 mph over the limit will face an average rate increase of 12.34% from their insurance company or an average of $124.80 per year. The website says that insurance companies keep that increase in effect for five years or, that $120 ticket will really cost the average Illinois speeder $744.

But, this number varies depending on where you live. According to NerdWallet, residents of south suburban Harvey will end up paying almost $1000 for getting caught speeding while an Evanston resident will pay less than $600.

Public Weighs In On Rehabbing Lake Shore Drive At Meeting

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Tuesday July 8th, the Drake Hotel played host for a meeting to “Redefine The Drive” to elicit the public’s input on what changes should be made on a planned $1 billion facelift of North Lake Shore Drive.

The Illinois Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Transportation plan a dramatic rehab and perhaps reinvention of the seven mile stretch of LSD between Grand and Hollywood. The agencies say due to the age of the roadway it will need to be rebuilt.

The project wouldn’t even break ground until 2019 or even 2020, with costs estimated to be around $1 billion–a hefty sum for a city and state which are both close to insolvency.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, all sorts of ideas were suggested including: a double-decker configuration with an upper and lower LSD; a light rail line down the middle of LSD; or dedicated express bus lanes.

Some Chicagoans Disowning Cars To Save Money, Hassle

RedEye logoAccording to RedEye, the City of Chicago is making it easier not to own a car in the city which is inspiring some people to say bye-bye to vehicle ownership.

The Chicago Department of Transportation has publicly announced it’s plan to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders over motor vehicles with investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of non-drivers.

With more transit and transportation options like bike lanes and Divvy bike share, some people are ditching their cars and saving significant cash in the process. One former motorist claims they save $250 a month compared to their former life as a car owner.