Church of Urban Cycling

Head Up Ass The 'Church of Urban Cycling Prayer Position'

Now I See What Bill O’Reilly Was Trying To Convey…

Background Reading Abigail Adams DEBUNKS Bill O’Reilly’s claims slaves who built the White House were ‘well fed’ (dailykos) Black Teens Are Fired When the Minimum Wage Rises (bet) Evanston Protected Lanes Face Backlash But They’re Making Dodge Ave. Safer (streetsblog) Dodge Avenue […]

“I’m almost home” texting and being on the phone or riding with big head phones.

When A Movement Grows Insular

Background Reading Bike Courier’s Death Reignites Debate Over Regulating Chicago Cyclists (chicagoist) Bicycle Safety Highlighted After Riders Death (cbslocal) Summary Some movements understand that the transition to ‘mainstream‘ can be achieved provided they learn how to navigate the shoals of […]

Head Up Ass The 'Church of Urban Cycling Prayer Position'

Driving Is A Sin…Understanding ‘The War On Cars’

I came across a set of stickers being distributed by a member of the Church of Urban Cycling. The stickers are printed on a dark background and show the logo of the law firm owned by the church member positioned […]

People finish their daily commutes and sometimes have anecdotes about the maniac who ran a red light. Does anyone note the bicyclists who obey traffic laws? (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

More Proof That Cycling Is Going ‘Mainstream’

Got an email this afternoon from a club member who announced to our group that she was inviting families with children to a ‘bike safety class‘. The class is designed around attendees who are aged 5 through 11 years of […]

Photo by Flickr user JanetandPhil

Another Round of Kabuki Theatre?

Background Reading Rauner moves to cut Chicago school aid. What’s he thinking? Summary In a legislative session of bluff and counter-bluff, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement today that he wants to cut aid to financially imperiled Chicago Public Schools by $74 […]

Chicago's first protected bike lane was installed on Kinzie Street in June 2011. On Monday, the city announced plans to design new bike lanes and improve existing ones. (Chicago Bicycle Program / Flickr)

So What Were The First 50?

Background Reading Chicago to Build 50 Miles of ‘Better Bike Lanes’ Summary Chicago’s first protected bike lane was installed on Kinzie Street in June 2011. On Monday, the city announced plans to design new bike lanes and improve existing ones. […]

Photo (of a safe interaction) by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr.

Our Priorities Are ‘Out of Whack’!

Background Reading Chicago Council Approves $5 Million Settlement in Police … The Cop Shooting So Horrific It Cost $5 Million to Hide – The … Why Did Family Of Laquan McDonald Receive $5 Million … Court Records Show Lawyers Got […]

Marteace Tiffith left behind three sons and two daughters, according to friends. © Facebook / Marteace Tiffith

Wearing ‘Vision Zero’ Blinders

‘Inspiring’ UIC Engineer, Father Of 5 Dies Weeks After Shooting (DNAinfo) Bicyclists have tunnel vision. The like to spout off about things like: Climate Change TOD Building Designs for Walkable Cities Vision Zero That last ‘big idea‘ is the latest in […]

Father Micheal Pfleger

A Distress Signal of a More Meaningful Sort Is In Order

ChiRaq Flag Flown Above Old Glory at Catholic Church (OnLine) “The sad reality…People are more concerned about the position of the flag than the loss of lives,” he wrote. TakeAways When I first heard about this ‘display‘ of the flag, it […]

It’s Going To Be A Busy Week for ‘Cycling Activists’

Background Reading Could Longer Rental Times Help Divvy Appeal to More Chicagoans? | Streetsblog Chicago (PDF) Here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Own Voices : The Two-Way : NPR (NPR) Laquan McDonald Has Potential To Be ‘Modern-Day Emmett […]

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A Teachable Moment: Playing In An Orchestra

Background Reading College Students: Were Victims of Terrorism, Too (OnLine) Summary TakeAways It would seem that the #BlackLivesMatter movement has come up against a situation encountered by the Urban Cycling Movement as well. The problem is how to reframe the question […]

Chicago's Cycling Movement Issues A Leftist Manifesto

We Have A ‘Message Problem’

Background Reading We have a message problem (PDF) Summary From: Robert Reich Subject: We have a message problem Date: May 5, 2015 at 4:29 PM Dear MoveOn member, I think the Republicans are wrong about an awful lot. But you […]

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 […]