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Rachel Sobel
02:35 PM cst(US)

Caleb -- times and street closures. Fortunately, it will not be during rush hour.
Caleb Gardner
01:24 PM cst(US)
Heads up -- President Obama comes to Evanston on Thursday. He'll be speaking at Northwestern. Not sure how traffic will be affected yet.
Candace Hill
01:18 PM cst(US)
That's not a story, that's a tragedy, and one that can happen to anyone, as it was a clear case of motorcycle blindness. I had this happen to me on the Dodge bike lane. I'm so used to being the only bike on the road that I turned right from the street into the lane without looking left first to see if anyone else was coming down the lane on a bicycle. There was, and she cursed me out royally because I didn't see her because I did not look for her. Learned my lesson, yes I did.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
12:55 PM cst(US)
I'm sorry Candace but I think I can beat that. For example the lovely library employee who was an experienced rider in a protected lane turning left and being killed by an oncoming car.
Jerri Garl
12:52 PM cst(US)
I think a green protected lane would be a good idea for Dodge for the reasons already mentioned. Currently the bike lane "disappears" near some of the side street intersections, which feels a little unsafe, and a protected lane would strengthen biking access along this main corridor.
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Jonas Chandler
12:45 PM cst(US)
I see adults and kids alike riding on Ridge far too often. Most of the time when I do, it is at night. Maybe they think that since the traffic is much lighter they can get away with it.
Diane R. Johnson
12:23 PM cst(US)
Neither of those bike stories sounds unusual to me.
Candace Hill
11:12 AM cst(US)
Oh, that's nothing.
Last month Rick and I were at the corner of Oakton and Ridge walking home from the train and as we were waiting for the walk signal to cross an adult man drove by on a bike on Ridge, in the WRONG lane, no helmet and no light, at midnight. I said something like "Oh look, a bike going the wrong way on Ridge with no light in the middle of the night" and the rider said "I know, I know" because he was just crossing the street or something. No story beats that.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
11:06 AM cst(US)
Interestingly last evening after the vote, I drove from Simpson on Dodge to Howard. There was one cyclist in that entire trip and he or she had a barely noticeable reflector on the rear of their bike and absolutely no lighting in the front of their bicycle. No amount of protected bike lane or buffered bike lane is going to save that person from a tragic accident.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
09:54 AM cst(US)
Good luck, Candace. I only hope you're on target.
Candace Hill
09:40 AM cst(US)
I'm very sorry I didn't get to the meeting.
I agree that Dodge is busy, but that might be a good reason to put the green protected bike lanes on that road. It's a straight shot, allows cyclists to go as fast as the cars do and they will obey red lights in those conditions. Dodge is a nice wide street, I ride it now and don't feel afraid.
And, because both cars and bikes will get right turn signals, there should not be the problem that exists downtown with cars turning right into bikes who have the green light. I have found that merging into lanes to make a left-hand turn is also not so difficult on Dodge compared to Asbury. Nice thing about Dodge is that there is not a lot of cross street traffic except on the major intersections.
thumbs up from me.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
09:04 AM cst(US)
how do you feel about green protected bike lanes on Dodge - From Howard to Church.

I disapprove but since I am in the minority I'll just use some of my other favorite roadways. Dodge is a parkinglot going south during evening commute.
09:00 AM cst(US)
Wish I could have, Candace. WAY too much work... I think I'll send an email to all the Council members though and share my input that way.
Candace Hill
01:29 PM cst(US)
Is a neighbor planning to attend the City Council Meeting tonight?
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
04:50 PM cst(US)
Monday’s meeting is all about bikes. Items discussing next steps for coming capital projects, update on implementation of policy/outreach issues in Bike Plan and an update on next steps for Divvy bikes in Evanston. Meeting starts at 7 PM.
Agenda: http://www.cityofevanston.org/assets/CCAP%209.29.14.pdf
Wally Bobkiewicz
City Manager
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
02:12 PM cst(US)
Governor's office announced we will now have 8 divvy bike stations in Evanston
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
02:09 PM cst(US)
Jeannie it looked fabulous.
Edited 09-28-2014 07:41 PM
12:51 PM cst(US)
Can I just say: not only is Bike the Ridge just plain wonderful and fun and the day is perfect, but (1) you all have GOT to try Hummingbird's Rattatouille and Quinoa, even if you don't like veggies or quinoa, and (2) Bike The Ridge swag is just the best stuff!!!
Meghan Vinson
08:03 AM cst(US)
This morning at Bike the Ridge, don't forget to stop by the Oakton School booth (corner of Austin & Ridge). We'll be selling Affy Tapples & some other goodies so come on down!
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
12:13 AM cst(US)
I am there Candace
Candace Hill
09:59 PM cst(US)
What a beautiful day we will have tomorrow for Bike The Ridge.
The Hospitality table on Howard just received a large donation of delicious goodies, so if you are at the start of the Bike Ride on Howard at 9 a.m. we will have some nibbles for you.

See you tomorrow!
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
11:43 AM cst(US)
  Thanks Mike just for everyone's information you can access every packet and agenda that the council has at this site
Mike Perlman
11:21 AM cst(US)
Chris - here is a link to the agenda and related packet. The packet should have details:
Chris Granner
11:04 AM cst(US)
Where's the best place to access info about the "presentation on Bike Policy" referred to in SP4?
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:50 PM cst(US)
All cyclists, motorists and pedestrians listen up, here is the monday agenda you were promised. Your input is necessary.

City Council Agenda September 29, 2014 Page 2 of 3
(SP1) Sheridan Road/Chicago Avenue Improvement Project
Staff requests approval to defer resurfacing, streetscape and bike improvements
along Sheridan Road/Chicago Avenue Corridor from Grove Street to Isabella
Street until 2017, and authorization to complete the required utility improvements
along corridor in 2015.
For Action
(SP2) Dodge Avenue Biking Improvements (Howard Street to Church Street)
Staff requests approval for submission of revised biking improvements on Dodge
Avenue to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Illinois Department
of Transportation.
For Action

(SP3) Biking Improvements at Mason Park and Evanston Township High School
Staff requests approval of proposed biking improvements at Mason Park and
Evanston Township High School (ETHS) between Dodge Avenue and Pitner
For Action
(SP4) Bike Policy Issues: Next Steps and 2015 Initiatives
Staff requests City Council consider the presentation on Bike Policy next steps
and 2015 initiatives.
For Discussion
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