Eric Vann

Rules for driving on an unlaned road – drive on right half, pass on left, slower vehicles as far right as practicableRules for driving on an unlaned road – drive on right half, pass on left, slower vehicles as far right as practicable

Portland Confrontation

Background Reading Confrontation in Portland between school bus driver, bicyclist under review – The Portland Press Herald : Maine Sunday Telegram (PDF) Summary RULES OF THE ROAD Excerpts from sections on riding to the right and passing a cyclist in the […]

This part of the Kinzie Street protected bike lane, from the River east to Dearborn, is supposed to be removed during Wolf Point construction. Photo: masMiguel.This part of the Kinzie Street protected bike lane, from the River east to Dearborn, is supposed to be removed during Wolf Point construction. Photo: masMiguel.

A Poorly Managed Situation Develops Into A ‘Classic FusterCluck’

Background Reading What’s Going on With Alderman Reilly and the Kinzie Protected Bike Lanes | Streetsblog Chicago (PDF) Summary Alderman Brendan Reilly submitted an order to city council on Wednesday that would compel Chicago Department of Transportation Rebekah Scheinfeld to remove the Kinzie […]

What Will 2096 Look Like For 'Vision Zero'?What Will 2096 Look Like For 'Vision Zero'?

In 81 Years How Will The ‘Vision Zero’ Campaign Results Look?

Background Reading In 1934, The Oregonian’s ‘Let’s Quit Killing’ campaign declared a war on traffic deaths – BikePortland.org (PDF) Summary Slow-moving, prosperous and desirable central city streets are nothing new; they’re just a return to the traditional ideas of our great-grandparents. […]

An example of a barrier-protected bike lane from the Chicago Department of Transportation website. This lane was installed on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street in 2011. © CDOTAn example of a barrier-protected bike lane from the Chicago Department of Transportation website. This lane was installed on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street in 2011. © CDOT

Do You Ever Get The Feeling You’re ‘Being Played’?

Background Reading What Is The Great Kinzie Protected Bike Lane Fight Really About Anyway? – River North – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) Summary TakeAways Did you ever get the feeling that there are people looking for reasons to get your ire to […]

Bicyclists pedal north on Dearborn Street at Kinzie Street in Chicago. (John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune)Bicyclists pedal north on Dearborn Street at Kinzie Street in Chicago. (John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune)

Urban Cycling Movement – Divisive? You Must Be Kidding!

Background Reading Why is bicycling so divisive? – Chicago Tribune (PDF) Summary Conventional wisdom tells us not to bring up politics or religion in polite discussion. And if you live in a city, specifically Chicago, go ahead and add bicycles to that […]

Crecensio Campos gives his daughter Verenice, 10, a push as she pulls her little sister Aleli, 4, in an alley along the 2700 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Logan Square.

(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)Crecensio Campos gives his daughter Verenice, 10, a push as she pulls her little sister Aleli, 4, in an alley along the 2700 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Logan Square. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

How Can Cyclists Feel Safe If The Streets Are A War Zone?

Background Reading Biking through the alley in Logan Square – Chicago Tribune (PDF) Summary Verenice Campos, 10, helped her four-year-old sister Aleli into the trailer of her pink bike Thursday afternoon to visit their brother. Her father, Crecensio, gave the girls a push […]

A bicyclist in the marked bike lane on West Kinzie and North Orleans streetsin 2012. (José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)A bicyclist in the marked bike lane on West Kinzie and North Orleans streetsin 2012. (José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Urban Cyclist Paranoia Unveiled Over Lane Relocation

Background Reading Alderman trying to remove protected bike lane from Kinzie Street – Chicago Tribune (PDF) Summary Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly introduced a measure Wednesday to try to force the city’s transportation commissioner to pull a protected bike lane off Kinzie Street. According […]

Southland Century Trail. In blue is the Cal-Sag Trail extension, set to be completed in 2017.

Photo credit: Steve BuchtelSouthland Century Trail. In blue is the Cal-Sag Trail extension, set to be completed in 2017. Photo credit: Steve Buchtel

Cal-Sag Extended to Old Plank Road

Background Reading Bike Path Will Link Edgewater to Joliet, and Nearly All of It Is Off-Road – Hegewisch – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) Summary CHICAGO — By next year, you’ll be able to bike from Edgewater to Joliet — and nearly all […]

George Washington, depicted here taking the oath of office in 1789, was the first president of the United States. Fact, opinion or both? Credit via Associated PressGeorge Washington, depicted here taking the oath of office in 1789, was the first president of the United States. Fact, opinion or both? Credit via Associated Press

Moral Relativism In Society

Background Reading Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts – NYTimes.com (PDF) Summary The article begins: What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to […]

A bike lane, where — if you’re lucky — a car won’t try to hit you. Probably. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)A bike lane, where — if you’re lucky — a car won’t try to hit you. Probably. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Don’t Make Cyclists More Visible

Background Reading Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them. – The Washington Post (PDF) Summary About 100 years ago, the auto industry pulled off a neat trick: It stole the public roadways from us. See, in the early […]