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Chicago Department of Transportation data shows that neighborhood greenways, traffic-calmed side-street bike routes, increase biking and decrease total crashes.

But some homeowners on Dickens Avenue have launched a fear-mongering website and flyering campaign against the proposed Dickens Avenue greenway, which would help create a low-stress connection between The 606 and the Lakefront Trail.

Come show your support for the project at the community meeting next Thursday, August 22, 6 p.m. The venue for this meeting has been changed to accommodate more people. It will be held at the Lincoln Park High School auditorium, 2001 N. Orchard Ave.

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The Lincoln Park Cultural Center is at 2045 N Lincoln Park West (not Lincoln).

Good catch, will fix, thanks.

"...the character of their community."

Yep. Gotta' make sure and keep the poors out.

Thanks for the timely article John. 

Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor Bill deBlasio has proposed replacing a MILE of street parking with a bike lane along Central Park West...and definitely getting some blow-back from residents including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.   Apparently bike lanes come and go in New York, as political forces wax and wane.

....roadwork notices were tied to trees and signposts along one of the world’s best-known streets. The following Monday, crews arrived on Central Park West and began setting up a protected bike lane, which eliminated about 200 parking spaces in an almost mile-long stretch.

The next day, representatives for a luxury Central Park West condo went to court to block the bike lane, opening another front in the increasingly pitched battle between bicyclists and motorists for precious space in the nation’s largest city.

In a city with gridlocked streets, creaky public transit and where cycling deaths are on the rise, the opposing lines are clear.   Bicycle advocates and city officials want to make the streets more bike-friendly and safer, at a time when the popularity of urban biking is soaring. On the other side are those who accuse the city of becoming ever more hostile toward drivers....

The venue for this meeting has been changed to accommodate more people. It will be held at the Lincoln Park High School auditorium, 2001 N. Orchard Ave. 

Thursday, 6pm-8pm

Thanks! I'll add it to the top of the post. 

Affect the property owners how, exactly? Will they lose the privilege of free on-street parking? What in their minds is dangerous about a bike lane? Wish i could be there to ask.


Years ago mike, Lincoln Park used to welcome all who came...back in the 1970's there were abandoned houses and old factories throughout Lincoln Park.  Those of us who initially moved in from the suburbs LIKED the old architecture, the ethnic diversity, and car-less lifestyle that Lincoln Park offered....we had a real community then, where all were welcome!

A couple of decades passed, and Lincoln Park became hip!  Suddenly everyone wanted to live there, and they bid up property values.  The original open-minded 'urban pioneers' moved out.  And the new arrivals brought with them a bit less tolerance...their xenophobic suburban values, and a need for a separate car for every adult in the family.  Clubs, bars and interesting features of the neighborhood were shut down, and 'More Parking' became a rallying cry.  As a result, Permit Parking was introduced, which made it difficult to outsiders to visit the neighborhood.  We basically recreated Schaumberg or Winnetka in the city!

....Xenophobia is the fear of the foreign or strange. It can manifest itself in suspicion of the activities of others, and a desire to eliminate their presence in order to secure a presumed purity, and may relate to a fear of losing ethnic or racial identity...

Maybe that is why Lincoln Park property owners eschew bike lanes and behave the way they do.

No, that's not why... in terms of objections, xenophobia isn't the basis of their concerns.  Fortunately, the notion of xenophobia in this context is just a strawman.  

Separately, many people on Dickens like cycling - especially with their children - and think some bike lanes and such would be nice.  However, others don't want to endure additional hazing at crosswalks from additional cyclists who may not stop at stop signs, etc.

At issue is merely this - If we at large as cyclists abided by the rules of the road, especially stop signs, and exhibited more roadway courtesy to others, especially pedestrians, the folks of Dickens and elsewhere wouldn't care as much about a new set of bike lanes and the bike traffic expected to come with it.  CDOT's non-sequitur about 40,000 motor vehicle deaths that don't occur on Dickens offers no comfort nor relief from bad road behavior from cyclists elsewhere, and many people on Dickens just don't want to add to that where they walk, drive and cycle.    

Any word on how this meeting went?

Great, thanks.


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