Urban Cycling Movement

The 'Old Guard', 'Dumb As A Box Of Rocks'

The Boulevard Lakefront Tour Has Died…

Noting A Passage The smug little bastards who write for various so-called Bicycle Advocacy Journalism Outlets are licking their chops. But the messages they send out are a like the one below… Report: As cities add bike lanes, more people […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 moveon-help@list.moveon.org 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 […]

In this file photo, bikers ride in the Danada Equestrian Center of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County on Naperville Road near Warrenville Road. Tring to navigate on downtown Naperville streets is not as tranquil of an experience. (tribune photo by Carl Wagner) (Carl Wagner, Chicago Tribune)

Bicycling Infrastructure Is Not A ‘Me Too’ Thing

Background Reading Biking in Naperville a matter of staying alive – Naperville Sun (PDF) Summary TakeAways Perhaps the problem here is that many cyclists and evidently this writer are not as comfortable riding on streets as one might hope. Naperville has […]

Michael Van Valkenbergh/Wikipedia Maggie Daley Park

Chicago ≡ Safety, security and self-deceit

Background Reading Safety, security, self-deceit: What Maggie Daley Park says about Chicago – Opinion – Crain’s Chicago Business (PDF) Summary The article begins: Tomorrow, Chicago will know who its mayor will be for the next four years. There’s a fair amount […]

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit on Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners behind on property taxes. Paul Sancya/AP

Some Things Are Nearly Impossible To Forgive…

A Selfish and Arrogant Movement Chicago is full of a great number of Urban Cyclists who really believe the ‘sky is falling‘. But unfortunately that ‘sky‘ is only of injury to them. For several years now there has been a […]

Minions of the Urban Cycling Movement

A Fixation on Furniture : Urban Cycling Movement’s ‘Achilles Heel’

Background Reading Upset and concerned about the current rhetoric and plans on red light/speed cameras (ChainLink) Should Chicago Implement a Bike Tax? Lincoln Park Candidates Consider It (ChainLink) Chainlinkers for Chuy – donate your time! (ChainLink) Summary TakeAways It has been quite instructive […]