How Chicagoans commute map: An interview with the cartographer

Shaun Jacobsen blogs at Transitized.com and yesterday published the How Chicagoans Commute map. I emailed him to get some more insight on why he made it, how, and what insights it tells about Chicago and transit. The map color-symbolizes census tracts … Continue reading

Finding a new way to measure cities’ bike friendliness in the United States

A really smart person could come up with a way to measure day-to-day bike friendliness based on how well cities adhere to standards that keep roads clear of obstructions that further frustrate the commute, like construction projects that squeeze bikes … Continue reading

Chicago’s first protected bike lane to go in on Kinzie Street

Updated June 5, 2011: New information obtained from the alderman’s email newsletter; new design suggestions added based on comments. Please read the discussion in the comments below or the discussion on The Chainlink. Tony Arnold of WBEZ reported Saturday morning, … Continue reading

Some disjointed thoughts about bike commuting rates and how we get them

In November 2010, I wrote that Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, have a higher percentage of workers (16 and older) commuting to work by bicycle. Yesterday, I updated an article about how the frequency of women in Chicago bicycling to … Continue reading

Another case for integrating biking and transit

Integrating biking and transit can reduce a user’s transportation costs. A friend just instant messaged me to describe his “bike instead of transit” commute, “I spent $440 on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) this year and $300 on bike stuff. When I … Continue reading

For a fair division of commuting space

UPDATE: Transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch (“Hilkie”) published an article today about crosswalk enforcement in Chicago based on a new state law the Active Transportation Alliance helped pass that removes ambiguity about what drivers must do when a person wants to cross … Continue reading