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Ghost Bike Installed In River West For Sam Bell, Bicyclist Killed On Milwaukee Avenue  

More than 80 people attended the vigil honoring 44-year-old Sam Bell, of West Town, who was killed in early September.

West Loop

On World Car Free Day, Chicago Cyclists Call For 10 MPH Speed Limits On Side Streets, A Bike Grid

More than 200 cyclists took to the streets in honor of World Car Free Day, calling for safer streets and better public transit.

Downtown

Aldermen, Residents Rip CTA On Ghost Trains And Buses As Agency President Skips Public Hearing

CTA leaders are working to hire more staff and change outdated bus and train schedules to respond to complaints about unreliable service.

Citywide

Bicyclist Sam Bell, Killed By Driver In River West, Was A Friend To All — And A Mentor To Chicago Kids

Friends of Bell — a bicyclist who died after a driver hit him Thursday in River West — want him to be remembered for his personality, unmatched social skills and volunteer work.

West Loop

Bicyclist Samuel Bell Killed After Driver Hits Him In River West: He ‘Dedicated His Life To Helping’ Others

The driver was cited for failing to yield while turning left, resulting in the fatal crash, police said. Drivers have killed at least eight bicyclists in Chicago this year.

West Loop

Protesters Say Plans To Overhaul Belmont In Lakeview Leaves Cyclists, Pedestrians Behind

Bicyclists have criticized a city plan to add painted bike lanes from Southport Avenue to Halsted Street, saying the lanes don't cover enough ground and should be concrete-protected to keep riders safe.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Volunteers Guard DuSable Lake Shore Drive Crosswalk To Highlight Dangers To Pedestrians, Bicyclists 

Drivers routinely run red lights on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, clog intersections and block crosswalks during the walk signal, advocates say: "They just do not stop."

Downtown

Driver Running Stop Sign Hits, Kills Bicyclist In Armour Square, Police Say

Officers cited the driver for failing to stop at a stop sign and driving on an expired license without insurance, police said.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Porta Potties Pop Up On Lakefront Trail Bike Lane, Frustrating Some Trail Users

A row of porta potties set up near Oak Street Beach is partially blocking the Lakefront Trail, which critics say creates a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

City Lets Drivers Park In Bike Lanes For Days, Forcing Cyclists Into Dangerous Situations, They Say

Multiple bicyclists reported a driver parked in a busy Milwaukee Avenue bike lane for days — but all the city did was leave tickets, they said. A proposed ordinance would make bike lane violators subject to an immediate tow.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Car Used In ‘Horrific’ Hit-And-Run That Killed 3 Outside Jeffery Pub Found, But Driver Still Being Sought, Police Say

The driver crashed into a crowd of people, killing three and injuring a fourth, police said. No one was in custody.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City’s Concrete-Protected Bike Lanes Delayed, But Still Happening, Officials Say. But Advocates Ask: Is It Enough?

Cyclists say the plan won't make Chicago's most dangerous bike lanes — the unprotected ones — more safe. “We need big changes," one activist said.

Citywide

Cop Who Killed Anthony Alvarez Should Be Fired, Oversight Agency Said. He Was Suspended For 20 Days Instead

Officer Evan Solano fatally shot Alvarez during a foot chase last year. Alvarez's family said they were "appalled" by the decision. "Officers can get away with murder," they said.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Speed Limit For Camera Tickets Will Stay The Same After Council Votes Down Push To Roll Back Fines

Critics of the ordinance said they worried nixing fines would lead to people speeding, creating a hazard for pedestrians. Chicago has seen an uptick in drivers injuring and killing people.

Citywide

Slower Speed Camera Tickets Could Get Killed By City Council Today — Will Lightfoot Veto The Change?

Ald. Anthony Beale's ordinance would nix speed camera fines for people going 6-10 mph over the limit, which Lightfoot and transportation advocates fiercely oppose.

Citywide

Chicago Giving Out 5,000 Free Bikes Through 2026

Some of the first bikes will be given to Chicago public school students who participate in the Greencorps Chicago Youth Program, a city jobs training program.

Citywide

The City’s New Bicycle Safety Group Finally Had Its First Meeting — But Attendees Hope For More Input Next Time

Participants couldn't chat, the meeting was scheduled when many people work and there were few opportunities for people to participate, some attendees said.

Citywide

Chicago’s Protected Bike Lanes Will Get Concrete Barriers By End Of 2023, City Says

It's a significant victory for bicycle advocates, who have long said Chicago's bike lanes need better protections to prevent injuries and deaths.

Citywide

Want To Help People Access Safe Abortion After Roe Reversal? Here’s What You Should — And Should Not — Do, Advocates Say

Online "Auntie Networks" could put people at risk, advocates for safe abortion said. What they really need is for people to get educated, volunteer as escorts and donate to established groups.

Citywide

Can New Chicago Mobility Collaborative Make City Streets Safer For Bicyclists And Pedestrians?

As Chicago faces the highest number of traffic-related deaths and injuries in years, the Department of Transportation is launching a new public forum hoping to address issues regarding pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Citywide
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