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Join the Pothole Patrol from your Phone

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Join the Pothole Patrol from your Phone

Bikers in Chicago face lots of challenges. Potholes are a major challenge for bicyclists and drivers because of the need to plow our streets and the extreme cold. Do your part when you see a pothole. Start here  or go right to the pothole reporter site .  You can add this link on your smartphone, and […]

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Cure the Winter Blues with Bike Fashions and Fun

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Cure the Winter Blues with Bike Fashions and Fun

Bike Winter Art Show  is up and open this week at Ancien Cycles . It is a new bike shop that aims to be  “a social hub for the many thousands that bike along our beloved Hipster Highway every day” according to Chainlink. The Art Show opened on  Feb 21, but it is going on all week, […]

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Ashland Avenue Runs Through It and So Might BRT

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Ashland Avenue Runs Through It and So Might BRT

West Town residents are learning more about the Ashland Ave. BRT (bus rapid transit) route because Ashland Avenue runs through their community. “The CTA’s preferred plan for high-speed buses will slow traffic on Ashland Avenue and a half-dozen parallel streets,” according to a federally required environmental assessment. “Ashland Avenue traffic will get 10 percent slower and […]

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Chicago Scores for People Who Walk

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Chicago Scores for People Who Walk

Walk Score is a site that attempts to rate and compare cities in terms of how pedestrian and public transit friendly they are. They rate walkability, public transit and bike-friendliness. Currently, according to their ratings, Chicago is the 6th most walkable large city in the U.S. with 2,695,598 residents. They rate over 10,000 neighborhoods in almost […]

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GIF of the Day : How to Reduce Traffic Congestion 101 in a Jiffy

This GIF posted by Tumblr user peterfromtexas illustrates just how much road congestion is caused by single commuters who use separate cars for transportation. Originally posted on Reddit, it combines images from the streets of Toronto. via Mashable  

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RTA Orders Audit for Ventra Complications

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RTA Orders Audit for Ventra Complications

The head of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) ordered an audit to review problems with the rollout of the new mass transit fare system called Ventra Wednesday. “Obviously, we’ve had an unacceptable and systematic failure there,” said RTA Chairman John S. Gates Jr. The new system has been plagued with complaints and frustrations since riders […]

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Less Flight Delays, More Noise

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Less Flight Delays, More Noise

Chicago O’Hare International Airport opened a new runway last Thursday; but for the residents of Oasis Mobile Home Park, the new runway may mean less sleep at night. A group called Fair Allocation in Runways (FAIR) held a protest at O’Hare last Tuesday before the runway opened. Oasis Mobile Home Park is in Des Plaines […]

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Transit Board Divvies Funding Between Agencies

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Transit Board Divvies Funding Between Agencies

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which oversees budgeting for the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace transportation systems, voted Wednesday to divvy up funding between the agencies, giving the CTA 98 percent of the funds. The board missed a Sept. 15 deadline when it last met on Sept. 13. By law, the board was required […]

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Magnetic Swipe Cards Stay

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Magnetic Swipe Cards Stay

Customers can still use their old magnetic swipe fare cards on Chicago public transportation until officials resolve problems with the new Ventra card system. The old cards were scheduled to be phased out on Monday. But, in response to customer complaints, the Chicago Transit Authority postponed the transition Wednesday. “It was not executed as smoothly as […]

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Chicago Transit Board Riles Up Left Out Neighborhoods

Claudia Hajdas, a resident of Bridgeport, said the Chicago Transit Authority board needs more input from the community before making decisions. “I need to go shopping,” said Hajdas. “I need to go to church. I need to go to the hospital. I have to ask others to get around. I would like to have my independence […]

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Close Calls of the Divvy Kind

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Close Calls of the Divvy Kind

Local biker extraordinaire, Steve Vance, has created a site where you can report Any Divvy near-misses. It will include a map and allows you to describe the circumstances of your near miss. The idea is to share our collective wisdom and get a lot smarter about duties and riding in the city. Columbia’s talented writing […]

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A Short Ride for You, A Million Miles for Divvy

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A Short Ride for You, A Million Miles for Divvy

In the three months its been up and running, riders have traveled more than 1 million miles to and from hundreds of stations all across the city, according to Divvy. Chicago’s Divvy is the second largest in the US, with about 9000 members. The Divvy folks are running a contest to collect the best YouTube […]

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Flash Flooding in South Loop

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Flash Flooding in South Loop

Tonight as storms and lightning hit the Chicago area, there were flash flood warnings. There was steady rain, and some flooding, but drivers braved the high water in some areas, and drove on. On Clark St. between 15th and 16th street, there was flooding under a railroad bridge. It slowed traffic, but no cars stalled […]

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Divvy Promotes Local Bike Shops

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Divvy Promotes Local Bike Shops

Divvy, Chicago’s bike-sharing program, has partnered with two local bike shops, Johnny Sprockets and On The Route Bicycles, this month to promote their #divvyred campaign. “We see ourselves as a complement to local bike shops, not as competition,” Elliot Greenberger, marketing manager for Divvy, said via email. Divvy’s main focus is to get more people […]

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