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.
While the new advisory focuses on parking in fire lanes and emergency exits, as well as parking placard abuse, the IG's office says it's also interested in sidewalk, crosswalk, and bike lane violations.
The total number of tickets written city wide has dropped almost 50 percent since 2016, according to a new Chicago Tribune report. But Black neighborhoods still see more than 50 percent of the citations.
Shopping malls were created to give residents of car-dependent malls a car-free pedestrian shopping experience, but Friday's terror shattered that illusion of safety.
If Huppke actually cares about keeping bike riders safe, he should instead lobby for infrastructure, laws, and enforcement that prevent crashes.
The city says the program addresses traffic safety as a public health and equity issue. Mobility justice advocate Oboi Reed says he still wants assurance that it won't lead to increased police enforcement.
Reckless driving is an exponentially bigger threat, but a person with a disability's stories of being struck by sidewalk riders is a reminder that bike-pedestrian crashes are no laughing matter either.