Friday, November 16, 2018

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme...

The original...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

dockless bike share survey

We're at the end of the 6 month dockless bike share pilot program.  CDOT is now evaluating ridership data and public feedback.

Have you been using dockless bike share? Want to share your thoughts about it?

CDOT has put out a survey asking for your feedback on the program. Click here to take it.

If you've found dockless bike share (Jump, Lime and Pace) useful and would like to see it available here in the future, please say so in your survey comments. Many of us have enjoyed having this flexible transportation option.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Metra Rock Island schedule changes coming for PTC

Metra has a proposed schedule and survey out for comment now. If you've followed the introduction of PTC (Positive Train Control) on the BNSF line, you are aware that it's involved some schedule changes, because the system requires testing before the start of each run, increasing turnaround time. Here's more on Metra's implementation of PTC.

Some of you might remember the Rock Island derailment in 2005 that caused 2 fatalities and many injuries. PTC is intended to prevent crashes like that one, or train vs. train collisions.

The proposed schedule changes on the Rock island mostly affect rush hour trains. Here's a link to the proposed schedule.

Finally, here's the survey. It's open for responses until 10/31.

Friday, October 12, 2018

non sequitur Friday

1980s flashback - part 2

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Open House Chicago featuring Beverly and Morgan Park sites

Open House Chicago is an amazing opportunity to see many buildings that we might not otherwise get the chance to visit.

Among the neighborhood sites featured in this year's event are Ridge Park and its Vanderpoel Art Gallery, Optimo Hats, Ingersoll-Blackwelder House and Wild Blossom Meadery.

Sites in many other Chicago neighborhoods, as well as Oak Park and Evanston, are featured in this year's event. It's a nice event to do by bike and transit.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

household hazardous waste and electronics collection this Saturday 10/6

Beverly Unitarian Church will host a collection of household electronics and hazardous waste this Saturday 10/6, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Note that this one is NOT at the castle. It is at 11030 S. Longwood Dr.  (Morgan Park United Methodist Church).

This event is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Group and Beverly Bank. Donations are encouraged to help cover costs. 

The following items will NOT be accepted: freon, incandescent bulbs, appliances, alkaline batteries, bio-hazardous products, needles, latex/acrylic/water-based paints, caulk or cleaning products, or other water soluble products.

Accepted items include: computers, monitors, printers, laptops, small electronics, small TVs, cell phones and pagers, mercury fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, anti-freeze, used motor oil, oil based-paints, paint thinner, aerosol paints, batteries, lawn chemicals, hobby and photographic chemicals, pool chemicals and solvents.  Hazardous items must be properly sealed.

They will also accept clean styrofoam items (except packing peanuts). Textbooks and eyeglasses will be accepted for reuse or recycling. 

For more information, send email to Eileen Klees or Fran Sowa.

Friday, September 28, 2018

do you want to see bike routes in the 19th ward?

With the addition of dockless bike share in our ward, Alderman O'Shea seems more open to the idea of creating bike routes to encourage more bike riding and more use of the dockless bikes.  This is a welcome opportunity to give input on a set of bike route ideas that were developed by CDOT during the initial round of public outreach for the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020.

The plan includes different types of routes, ranging from neighborhood greenways (for residential streets) to protected bike lanes on major streets like Vincennes.

Better conditions for riding can encourage development and growth of Safe Routes to School programs so that more kids can walk and bike safely to neighborhood schools. We've all seen how crazy and dangerous streets around schools can be around drop-off and pick-up times. Conditions can be hazardous for the kids themselves, for neighbors, and for anyone who needs to pass through those areas or streets that parents use to get there. I'm sure that many of you have seen the huge difference in morning and afternoon traffic volumes between weekdays when schools are in session and summer weekdays. Walking and biking without all that additional traffic is much safer and more pleasant.

If a lot more kids are walking and biking instead of being driven to school, it's a valuable opportunity for them to learn about navigating their neighborhood, street safety, decision making, and the environment around them. It creates a foundation for many basic life skills.

One of the benefits that many communities have seen from more people getting around by bike instead of car is a boost to neighborhood business districts. As long as there's a place to lock up bikes, and it's a place people can easily reach by bike, studies have shown that making streets more bike friendly can increase revenues. Local and regional bike touring bring more business once the word gets out that riding conditions are good.

Bike rides to visit craft breweries are increasingly popular. Those riders may visit other businesses along the way, in addition to breweries and brewpubs. Attracting a large bike group can bring $$$$ to our business districts. Businesses can serve a lot more customers if they're coming by bike instead of needing a lot of parking spaces. Unique businesses can make a neighborhood a popular destination.

You can take the survey here. The first map below shows an overview of the whole ward, while the 5 areas in smaller detail maps correspond to questions in the survey.

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

Area 4

Area 5

The survey will be open until 10/31.  We hope that you'll spend a few minutes to take it.

If there are streets in the ward where you would like to be able to ride but you don't because conditions are too dangerous, please include that in comments.