Red Light Cameras

Madison and Ashland Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune An SUV enters a red light camera intersection Dec. 7 at Madison Street and Ashland Avenue on Chicago's Near West Side.

Be Prepared To Dump Your Movement and Its Allies

DAILY HERALD: DO RED LIGHT CAMERAS SAVE LIVES? (OnLine) Are red-light camera crash results inflated? (OnLine) Seeing red: The twisted saga of Chicago’s red light cameras. (OnLine) Red-light cameras began proliferating at suburban intersections in 2009 with the justification that they would […]

A red light camera at Ashland Avenue and Diversey Parkway is one of 50 that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday will be removed. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Speed Cameras : Do They Work As Advertised?

Why speed cameras don’t work as well as we think they do (OnLine) Unmanned speed cams under fire for accuracy problems – CBS News (OnLine) The Truth About Speed Cameras: They Don’t Work – National Motorists (OnLine) Arguments Against: Speed Cameras (OnLine) […]

The ‘Garbage Journalism’ Crowd Wants A Retraction

Background Reading Why the Tribune’s Red Light Camera Story Is Garbage Journalism | Streetsblog Chicago (PDF) Why Won’t LAB Fix Flawed Report That Says Chicago Bike Plan Is Inequitable? | Streetsblog Chicago (PDF) Summary TakeAways Tribune’s red light cameras series wins award […]

Marshall "Major" Taylor died in Bronzeville after losing the majority of his wealth in the stock market crash of 1929. [Photo Courtesy of the Burns Archive]

Major Taylor

Background Reading Chicago’s Top Sport in the Late 1800s Wasn’t the One You’d Expect – Hyde Park – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) Summary HYDE PARK — Most people today have likely never seen a velodrome, but for more than two decades, they […]

Red light cameras should be used only for safety, not as revenue producers for local communities. PAUL VALADE | Staff Photographer

Op Ed : Red Light Cameras

Background Reading Bill restricting red-light cameras approved in House committee – The Denver Post (PDF) Editorial: Yes, let’s restrict the use of red-light cameras – DailyHerald.com (PDF) Summary TakeAways As has been pointed out too many times to count, these cameras are […]

Madison and Ashland Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune An SUV enters a red light camera intersection Dec. 7, 2014, at Madison Street and Ashland Avenue on Chicago's Near West Side.

Red Light Cameras ‘Getting No Love’

Background Reading Illinois House approves red light camera ban outside Chicago – Chicago Tribune (PDF) Summary The Illinois House on Wednesday approved a measure that would ban red light cameras in about 35 communities outside of Chicago, even as supporters pointed to flaws […]

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No Wonder John Boehner Is Always Fighting Back Tears

Background Reading Garcia, champion of working class? He should overhaul transportation platform – Opinion – Crain’s Chicago Business (PDF) Summary TakeAways Bike Friendly Rahm Removes Navy Pier Bike Racks (OnLine) Should Chicago Implement a Bike Tax? Lincoln Park Candidates Consider It (OnLine) Upset […]

A speed camera on Archer Avenue would disappear in three years if an ordinance proposed by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) can make it through the city council on Wednesday. © DNAinfo/Casey Cora

‘Kicking The Dog’ Is Sometimes Foolish

Background Reading Red-Light, Speed Cameras Would Be Gone by 2018 Under Aldermen’s Plan – Downtown – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) ‘Owning’ Our Faults & Inconsistencies (BeezodogsPlace) Summary CHICAGO — A group of aldermen is hoping to force a vote at Wednesday’s City Council […]

No Right Turn On Red At Intersection of Jackson and Des Plaines.

Why Urban Cyclists ‘Have No Dog’ In The ‘Red Light Camera Fight’

Background Reading Tribune study: Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits (BeezodogsPlace) Reflections On Red Light Cameras and Lawful Behavior (BeezodogsPlace) Fioretti wants to abolish city’s red-light camera program (BeezodogsPlace) Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back red light program (BeezodogsPlace) Yellow […]

A red light camera monitors traffic at Pulaski Road and North Avenue in Chicago. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back red light program

Background Reading Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program (PDF) Summary The Urban Cycling Movement has managed to squander a unique opportunity to build an alliance with the motoring public to ensure that they too are […]

The Tribune is trying to provoke controversy over Chicago’s red light camera program by pointing out that the city times its yellow lights differently — just like every other city. Photo: Jamelah, via Flickr

Yellow Journalism: Tribune Panics Over “Risky” Stoplight Timing

by Steven Vance and Payton Chung Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Day in and day out for over 25 years, over 3,000 stoplights all across Chicago have whirred through millions of cycles the exact same way: green, then yellow […]

©ThinkStock - The debate over Chicago's red-light traffic camera program today morphed into a holiday tree of sorts for the mayoral candidates.

What Does The ‘War On Cars’ Gang Do Now?

Background Reading CDOT’s Two-Year Strategic Update Lacks Street Safety Data (StreetsBlog) Why the Tribune’s Red Light Camera Story Is Garbage … (StreetsBlog) Summary The wheels are coming off on the propaganda machine that supports the usual StreetsBlog ‘Whine-and-Jeez Fest’. I guess at some […]

Red light camera sign Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune A sign near the intersection at Madison Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago informs motorists of the presence of a red light camera.

Tribune study: Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits

By David Kidwell and Alex Richards 19 Dec 2014 – 5:00 AM Source: Chicago Tribune Chicago’s red light cameras fail to deliver the dramatic safety benefits long claimed by City Hall, according to a first-ever scientific study that found the nation’s […]