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May 15, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Bike riders from all around the city will gather at Daley Plaza tonight for Chicago's Ride of Silence, an international event to commemorate cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which has spread to more than 300 locations worldwide. Illinois has organized a record 17 rides for the state, according to Elizabeth Adamczyk, board member for Ride of Silence and coordinator of the Chicago chapter. Adamczyk said after encountering too many life-threatening situations while riding her bike, she decided to bring the event, which...
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May 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has a long way to go to become one of America's most bike-friendly cities, according to a new analysis of cycling data by the financial website NerdWallet. The site ranked Chicago 18 out of 20 cities, behind Portland, Ore., which topped the list, Washington, D.C. (#2), Denver (#10) and Raleigh, N.C. (#17). The analysis included data on each city's population of cyclists, funding for cycling infrastructure and pedestrian projects, and cycling fatalities. Among the metrics for Chicago: 1.6 percent of Chicago's population identifies as...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group, said riding in the winter is no less safe...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Melissa Manak 29, Rogers Park Commute: Six miles to 20 miles round-trip, "depending on where I'm going. " Can't-live-without gear: Leggings and tops with fleece under the fabric; a long, heavy coat; Bern helmet with a liner. Craziest weather you've ridden through: "I would say a few years ago when I was working for Apple, I had to commute one morning to work in the spring and a crazy storm came in and almost blew me off my bike. " Why you do it: "I bike because it's freedom from constraint of transit and driving.
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Melissa Manak 29, Rogers Park Commute: Six miles to 20 miles round-trip, "depending on where I'm going. " Can't-live-without gear: Leggings and tops with fleece under the fabric; a long, heavy coat; Bern helmet with a liner. Craziest weather you've ridden through: "I would say a few years ago when I was working for Apple, I had to commute one morning to work in the spring and a crazy storm came in and almost blew me off my bike. " Why you do it: "I bike because it's freedom from constraint of transit and driving.
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September 9, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Cyclists who ride their bikes on the sidewalk along Sheridan Road where the lakefront trail ends to the north could get hit with a $200 fine. The City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety on Monday advanced a proposal to increase the fine from $50 to $200 for adults riding their bikes in the half-mile stretch between West Ardmore Avenue and West Sheridan Road, which is about 6400 north, in Edgewater. The $200 fine is consistent with the maximum fine for bicycle violations in the city's code, said Ald....
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May 31, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Cyclists on Friday's Critical Mass ride will honor Robert "Bobby" Cann, who was riding his bicycle when he hit by a car and killed this week. The ride, which occurs on the last Friday of every month with a swarm of cyclists, will be routed to stop at the site of the crash at Clybourn Avenue and Larrabee Street, according to a map of the route. Cann, 26, was riding in the 1300 block of North Clybourn Avenue in Old Town at about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday when a Mercedes sedan hit him, according to the Tribune.
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November 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Biking on Chicago's streets can intimidate cyclists fearful of getting hit by a car. At the same time, cyclists can infuriate drivers when they ignore the rules of the road. It's the ever-present battle of bikes versus cars. "As cycling grows in Chicago, and all around the region but especially in Chicago, we know that certain conflicts on the roadways are going to become more common," Ron Burke, executive director of Active Transportation Alliance told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board on Tuesday.
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May 8, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
Fines could double for drivers who open their car doors endangering or hitting cyclists under a proposal introduced on Wednesday by Mayor Emanuel. Drivers who door cyclists would face a $1,000 fine, up from $500 as part of the proposed changes. Drivers who open their car doors or leave a car door open longer than necessary to get a passenger in and out and that interferes with the movement of a bicycle would see the fine increase from $150 to $300. Fines for cyclists who violate various laws regulating the operation of...
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December 31, 2012 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Need a new bike? Want to get rid of the one you have or make a trade for a better one? Bring it to the Chicago Bike Swap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at UIC Physical Education Building, 901 W. Roosevelt Road. The bike swap organized by the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance benefits Chicago Bike Winter , a campaign that promotes cycling year-round, and thechainlink.org , an online resource for cyclists. Admission is $10 and a discounted $5 for alliance members, kids 12 and under, and UIC students, staff and faculty.
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group, said riding in the winter is no less safe...
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December 18, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
In less than 10 days, more than $10,000 was raised to help the family of cyclist Hector Avalos, who was hit and killed while riding his bike on his way home from work. Friends and family set up a Give Forward online fundraiser on Dec. 8, two days after Avalos, 28, was killed when a van hit him in the 2500 block of West Ogden Avenue in Douglas Park. Originally the goal was to raise $6,000, and donors reached that goal in less than 48 hours, said friend Vanessa Bly, who attended Jones College Prep with...
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November 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Biking on Chicago's streets can intimidate cyclists fearful of getting hit by a car. At the same time, cyclists can infuriate drivers when they ignore the rules of the road. It's the ever-present battle of bikes versus cars. "As cycling grows in Chicago, and all around the region but especially in Chicago, we know that certain conflicts on the roadways are going to become more common," Ron Burke, executive director of Active Transportation Alliance told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board on Tuesday.
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October 25, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Philip Bird rarely rides past the corner of Clybourn Avenue and Larrabee Street by himself. It's just too hard. Bird's best friend, cycling advocate Robert "Bobby" Cann, was killed by a car at the corner while biking home from work May 29. "For someone like Bobby to go down like that, it's very real to people like me that ride every day cautiously and now more cautiously," said Bird, 29, who met Cann while working at REI four years ago....
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October 8, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
It's July 26 in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and Nate Prescott and Mark Jirik have a lot of work ahead of them. They're nearly 4,000 miles from home - but a staggering 15,000 miles from their final destination, in Ushuaia, Argentina. On four wheels, the trek down the Pan-American Highway, a stretch of road from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of South America, would seem long - but on two, it's nearly endless. But that isn't stopping Prescott and Jirik from trying. The avid cyclists and Oak Park natives have put everything aside...
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September 11, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
A cyclist who was hit and killed by a car in Old Town could get a street named in his honor. Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) on Wednesday proposed naming the northwest corner of Clybourn Avenue and Larrabee Street as "Honorary Bobby Cann Way. " Robert "Bobby" Cann, 26, was hit by a car near that intersection in May while he was riding his bicycle. Shortly after, he died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The honorary street designation will be considered by the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Want more?
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July 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
As the temperature heats up, so does the potential for conflict between cyclists, pedestrians and drivers as more people visit the lakefront to cool off. The Active Transportation Alliance has identified five vehicle-pedestrian trouble spots along the Lakefront Trail: at Illinois Street/Grand Avenue and Montrose, Wilson, Lawrence and Foster avenues. Here are the five pedestrian-cyclist sticky wickets along the trail, as recognized by the Alliance. Oak Street to Fullerton Parkway With 30,000 visitors per day in the summer, this is the busiest stretch of the trail, Active...
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March 13, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Rapid Transit Bike Shop owner Justyna Frank had to check the date Monday to make sure it wasn'tApril Fool's Day. When she realized it wasn't, and that an article posted online since January has featured a photo of her Wicker Park bike shop along with a motorist bashing cyclists, she said she was shocked. "It was sort of too perfect. My husband and I were scratching our head. Is it somebody playing a joke on us?" she said of the post on the site, which asks motorists on the street to comment on their vehicles.
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September 9, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Cyclists who ride their bikes on the sidewalk along Sheridan Road where the lakefront trail ends to the north could get hit with a $200 fine. The City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety on Monday advanced a proposal to increase the fine from $50 to $200 for adults riding their bikes in the half-mile stretch between West Ardmore Avenue and West Sheridan Road, which is about 6400 north, in Edgewater. The $200 fine is consistent with the maximum fine for bicycle violations in the city's code, said Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)
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August 20, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The moment Jana Kinsman felt a hand on her back, she started screaming. The 27-year-old Logan Square cyclist was riding up Kimball Avenue just after midnight Tuesday, she said, when a maroon or purple colored SUV pulled up beside her, and a hand shot out toward her from inside it. In just seconds, she was being pulled up the street by the handle of her messenger bag, and crashed into a parked car. "I just remember when they grabbed me,...
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