In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and 'L' train.
The quarterly Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting is usually a tightly scheduled show-and-tell, with staff from the Chicago Department of Transportation and other city agencies giving presentations on what they’re doing to improve cycling. But after a particularly bad week for biking in the Chicago area, last Wednesday CDOT threw out the script and opened […]
When it comes to shared mobility and autonomous vehicles, it’s a brave new world out there, and city governments are scrambling to make sure their transportation policies keep up with disruptive technology. For example, ride-hailing has gutted the taxi industry (arguably due to the unfair advantage of fewer regulations), increased congestion, and decreased transit ridership. […]
After Emanuel's surprise announcement that he won't seek a third term, here's a look back at his transportation legacy, and recommendations for the mayoral hopefuls.
Lots of people ride Divvies on downtown sidewalks, but are police only enforcing bike laws against African Americans?
Documents acquired via a public records request suggest that vandalism isn't a serious problem, but most of the rides originated in wealthier, whiter parts of the Far South Side.
The paper understands that we need more transit, but doesn't grasp why expressway expansion is at cross-purposes with that goal.
The board members' decisions may not always reflect the needs of commuters.
An ACLU rep says it's doubtful that heavy-handed bike enforcement would be tolerated in majority-white neighborhoods.