Category Archives: Chicago driving
Who’s driving that car so slow–someone’s grandmother?
No, it’s one of Google’s self-driving cars that was driving too slow and got pulled over by the cops in Mountainview, CA recently.
It seems the driverless car was holding up traffic by going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone so the police pulled it over.
But luckily for Google, no ticket was issued because there was no driver to ticket.
First there was red light cameras.
Then there were speed cameras.
Now, if Alderman Brandon Reilly (42nd) has his way, there may be intersection cameras according to DNA Info.
During city council budget hearings focusing on the Department of Transportation, the downtown alderman discussed the problem of motorists who get stuck in the intersection after their traffic light turns red, thus blocking any cross traffic from moving through the intersection while the light is green. He specifically cited the intersection of Randolph and LaSalle just outside City Hall.
The ramp, which allows vehicles traveling westbound on Lower Wacker to transfer to Upper Wacker, is located at the eastern portion of Wacker Drive near Columbus Drive.
CDOT recommends drivers take alternate routes to avoid inevitable delays. A detour will divert traffic from Lower Wacker via southbound Columbus Drive to westbound East South Water Street which feeds into East Wacker Place, and then north on Wabash Avenue to ultimately connect with Upper Wacker Drive.
The ramp is scheduled to reopen the second week in October.
Ever wonder who’s the person named for the street you’re driving on?
That’s the concept local painter Brian Morgan challenged head on in his latest art show Power, Politics and Pavement- The Men Behind the Street at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.
“Gallery Director Chris Jackson approached me with an idea to highlight Chicago’s history in portraits,” says Morgan in a press release on the gallery’s website. “I accepted the challenge by choosing to uncover and reveal some of the more well-traveled and popular streets whose namesakes may or may not be remembered. While working on this project, my wife, Marianne Mather Morgan, was also working on her own bit of Chicago history. As a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, she uncovers and researches historical Chicago photographs. A collaboration was born.”
As the summer wanes, and the cool weather approaches, Chicago’s boats start leaving Lake Michigan for the winter this Saturday.
Saturday morning, the City of Chicago kicks off its annual fall bridge lift to allow boaters to transport their masted watercraft down the Chicago River and into dry dock storage yards.
Chicago Department of Transportation crews will lift the 27 bridges along the South Branch of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland in sequence starting at 9 AM.
“As summer comes to a close, CDOT is preparing to facilitate the annual rite of passage that allows sailors to move their boats from the Lake to their winter storage yards,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT has worked with local boat storage yards to create a schedule that accommodates boats while minimizing the impact on downtown street traffic.”
Organizers for the Wicker Park Festival this weekend get top marks for warning drivers of upcoming parking restrictions.
Parking restrictions for the festival, held Saturday and Sunday July 25th & 26th, went into effect late Friday night at midnight–technically early Saturday morning along Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Wolcott/Wood.
The problem with that is there’s a vibrant club and bar scene and often weekend revelers are still partying when the restrictions go into effect and the tow trucks start hauling cars away.
But event organizers were very proactive on getting the word out.
Of course, the city had the temporary white paper tow zone signs up and down Milwaukee.
I hate overaggressive drivers.
As someone who drives every day, I understand the frustration of motorists going too slow, or not yielding to faster drivers in the left lane or just plain driving like a dumbass.
I get it.
But, what’s the point in going into fits of anger over it?
That’s what, according to the city, is a street where cars, pedestrians and bikes all share the right of way.
The city is getting ready to break ground on it’s first shared street project for the Argyle Streetscape project on the city’s far northside.
At best the concept sounds anti-automobile and at worst, unsafe.
The OIG published an audit Thursday, of the process for obtaining loading zones and disabled parking signs and found not only does it take a long time to get one of these parking spots, but poor management of the programs is costing the city millions in lost revenue.
In order to obtain a loading zone in the city, it takes an average of 337 days. Disabled parking spaces took just 207 days.
Both requests need to go through a multitude of channels before they are granted including site surveys, billing and installation by the Department of Transportation for loading zones and Department of Finance for surveys and billing of disabled parking spots, although CDOT handles sign installation.
The OIG also reports that CDOT’s records for loading zones is woefully incomplete with insufficient data on nearly 85% of the city’s loading zones.
While everyone else was celebrating Memorial Day grilling, chilling and drinking adult beverages, The Parking Ticket Geek spent some time on the radio doling out his idiotic parking and driving advice.
WGN Radio’s Mike Stephen asked the Geek to come downtown and hang out for an hour to answer the questions of frustrated Chicago area motorists.
It was a ton of fun. Big thanks to Stephen, the host of Outside the Loop Radio every Saturday morning from 6-7 AM, for allowing a reprobate like the Geek into the luxurious WGN studios.
Here’s a link to the full podcast, “Mike Stephen: The Parking Ticket Geek drops in to help listeners with their parking and transportation problems.”