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January 27, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA is soliciting feedback on its planned overhaul of the Wilson Red Line station. The agency last week released a draft assessment of the environmental impact of the project , which would make the Wilson stop a transfer point for the Purple Line and make the stop accessible for riders with disabilities. Under the CTA's $203 million makeover plan, other changes to the station could include: > > Longer and wider platforms > > Three new station entrances > > New escalators and elevators > > Additional bike parking > > Removal of some "L" columns on Broadway ...
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May 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has more than 14,000 public bicycle racks, but it can still be challenging to find places to lock up on the go. The alternative options for locking a bike in public include parking signs, bus stop poles and the occasional tree. But not all cylindrical structures are created equal if you want your bicycle to stay where you locked it, according to Charlie Short, the bike safety and education manager for the city's Department of Transportation. The city of Chicago won't cut a bicycle off any street signs, he said.
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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging D.C., Portland and New York," Klein said.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA is soliciting feedback on its planned overhaul of the Wilson Red Line station. The agency last week released a draft assessment of the environmental impact of the project , which would make the Wilson stop a transfer point for the Purple Line and make the stop accessible for riders with disabilities. Under the CTA's $203 million makeover plan, other changes to the station could include: > > Longer and wider platforms > > Three new station entrances > > New escalators and elevators > > Additional bike parking > > Removal of some "L" columns on Broadway ...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Wicker Park neighborhood has public basketball courts, a baseball diamond and has recently increased bike parking. But thus far, fans of bocce, a European lawn game, haven't had designated public courts on which to play. That could change this summer. Justin Arnett-Graham, who works at L2O , and Alex Gara, beverage director at Hot Chocolate , are behind a grassroots push to add two bocce courts at 1944 W. Crystal St. in an empty lot adjacent to an alley. "We've always believed that hospitality should not be contained within the walls of your establishment,"...
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has more than 14,000 public bicycle racks, but it can still be challenging to find places to lock up on the go. The alternative options for locking a bike in public include parking signs, bus stop poles and the occasional tree. But not all cylindrical structures are created equal if you want your bicycle to stay where you locked it, according to Charlie Short, the bike safety and education manager for the city's Department of Transportation. The city of Chicago won't cut a bicycle off any street signs, he said.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lebster Pabon traded his skateboard for a bicycle his senior year of high school so he could ride to work. He ended up getting really into bikes and BMX riding. But as bike-friendly as Chicago is with bike lanes, signals, and bike-sharing, there is no dedicated city public bike park that solely accommodates BMX riders. That's why Pabon, 26, a youth cycling instructor at West Town Bikes, has asked the Chicago Park District to include a bike park at the proposed expanded area of Walsh Park at the eastern end of the Bloomingdale Trail.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Fest season will be especially hard to ignore this weekend in Lakeview. Chicago's 10th annual Pride Fest, a celebration for the LGBT community and its supporters, is set to hit this Friday and Saturday, leading up to Sunday's Pride Parade down Broadway at noon. If you've never been, it's one super-crowded, super-fun weekend-long party not to miss. Just be sure to hydrate. Pride Fest When: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday Where: Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue in Lakeview Cost: $7...
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Get ready to rail against your station--it's it's time to play the shame game. The fifth annual Going Public Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on crabby rider complaints is up and running. Every summer GP solicits your suggestions for the CTA station most in need of a makeover. In the past, riders have submitted haikus, lengthy arguments and dirty pics to support their votes. Your complaints have not gone unnoticed. The three-time winner of this contest, the Wilson Red Line station in Uptown, will get its face-lift next year.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lebster Pabon traded his skateboard for a bicycle his senior year of high school so he could ride to work. He ended up getting really into bikes and BMX riding. But as bike-friendly as Chicago is with bike lanes, signals, and bike-sharing, there is no dedicated city public bike park that solely accommodates BMX riders. That's why Pabon, 26, a youth cycling instructor at West Town Bikes, has asked the Chicago Park District to include a bike park at the proposed expanded area of Walsh Park at the eastern end of the Bloomingdale Trail.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Wicker Park neighborhood has public basketball courts, a baseball diamond and has recently increased bike parking. But thus far, fans of bocce, a European lawn game, haven't had designated public courts on which to play. That could change this summer. Justin Arnett-Graham, who works at L2O , and Alex Gara, beverage director at Hot Chocolate , are behind a grassroots push to add two bocce courts at 1944 W. Crystal St. in an empty lot adjacent to an alley. "We've always believed that hospitality should not be contained...
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging...
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
As the CTA continues its plan to convert its riders to the new Ventra fare collection system, the agency is winding down on another project: the reconstruction of the southern portion of the Red Line. Trains are expected to begin running along the Red Line between 95th Street and Roosevelt Road starting 2 a.m. Sunday. This section of the Red Line has been out of commission since May 19 as crews ripped up the tracks, laid new ones and made three stations accessible for riders with disabilities.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Wednesday may be doomsday for some CTA riders. The CTA board is expected to vote Wednesday morning on the agency's proposed "decrowding" initiative - which would add more trains and buses to some lines, at the expense of more than a dozen bus routes that are up for elimination because they have low ridership or duplicate service. At the hearing last week, which drew more than 100 CTA riders, the CTA revealed the details of how it plans to increase rail service. But perhaps the CTA doesn't need more buses and trains to...
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