January 13, 2014 |
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...
December 18, 2013 |
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...
November 19, 2013 |
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.
October 25, 2013 |
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....
October 8, 2013 |
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...
September 11, 2013 |
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?