Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Wed. 7/15

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Wed. 7/15 at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

wanted - for property theft

By now, most of you have heard the story about a small group's criminal scheme to fraudulently take possession of vacant homes, occupy some of them and illegally rent some to other people.

Two of ringleaders escaped capture when arrests were made 2 weeks ago.  The police bulletin about the two who escaped is included above.

Friday, July 3, 2015

sharing our roads safely - part 1

When you're on the road, whether as a driver or cyclist, do you make the effort to communicate with other road users and pay attention when others are trying to communicate with you?

Turn signals:  Drivers should use them not just for other drivers, but also for pedestrians and cyclists. Knowing whether or not a vehicle will be turning can affect our safety on the streets. If you see a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle near enough to be affected by what you're doing at an intersection, please use turn signals if you're going to turn.

Hand signals: Do you remember learning them as part of Rules of the Road in driver ed? Do you know them? If you are a cyclist, do you use them? Communication should go both ways.

Are you familiar with the various ways that cyclists can legally make a turn?  Depending on traffic conditions and intersection configuration, a cyclist may choose one of these options.

Illinois is one of many states requiring that drivers leave 3 feet or more of clearance when passing a cyclist.  Most states now have anti-dooring laws, which hold vehicle occupants (driver or passenger) liable if they injure a cyclist by opening vehicle doors into the cyclist's path of travel. Chicago also has laws holding drivers responsible for causing cyclist injuries by turning left or right in the cyclist's path.

Intersection crashes and doorings cause the majority of cyclist injuries from crashes. Clear communication can prevent crashes and injuries and save lives.

non sequitur Friday

Hope your holiday weekend is full of good times, whether it's a heatwave or nothing but cool.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

where would you like to see bike lanes?

Would you like an opportunity to get in your $0.02 worth about where you'd like bike lanes?  Take the Active Transportation Alliance survey (available in English and Spanish).  Share the link with your friends (

Saturday, June 20, 2015

free trees for area residents

The University of Illinois Extension, 10244 S. Vincennes, is giving away free tree saplings from Com Ed. The species available are Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Red Buckeye and American Hornbeam. Saplings may be picked between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Call ahead 773-233-2900 x11 to confirm availability.

All are small to medium sized species without significant disease or insect vulnerability.

Monday, June 15, 2015

bike to work ride on 6/19

In honor of Bike to Work week, you are invited to join in a bike commute ride to the rally at Daley Plaza.

We will LEAVE from Hardboiled Coffee (9135 S Western) promptly at 6:45 a.m.  Because we're going to work (distance approx. 14 mi to Daley Plaza) and want to have enough time to socialize a bit and enjoy the festivities at the rally, the riding pace will average approx. 15 mph.