WBEZ | Active Transporation Alliance http://www.wbez.org/tags/active-transporation-alliance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago alderman wants to crackdown on distracted cycling http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-alderman-wants-crackdown-distracted-cycling-92001 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/biking texting_flickr_Simona K.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago alderman wants the city to crack down on distracted biking. Ald. Margaret Laurino of the 39th Ward has proposed an ordinance that would fine cyclists who use their cell phones while riding in the city.</p><p>If passed, the ordinance could mean fines of up to $500 for bikers if their distracted cycling causes an accident, while a first offense could equal a $50 ticket. Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago said he's only seen a handful of bikers using their cell phone while riding, but he said he still supports any ordinance that works to keep all commuters safe.</p><p>Burke supports the idea, but he's skeptical about enforcement.</p><p>"There's relatively little enforcement of the hands free cell phone requirement. That doesn't mean it's a bad idea to have it on the books. I think it still helps, but clearly enforcement would be better," Burke said.</p><p>If the ordinance passes, Burke says he hopes police will prioritize distracted driving cases over cycling cases.</p><p>Ald. Laurino's office calls this a common-sense ordinance. Spokesman Manuel Galvan said enforcement is a valid concern, and is something he thinks will be discussed in upcoming hearings about the proposal. Galvan said the hearings have yet to be scheduled.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-alderman-wants-crackdown-distracted-cycling-92001 The Bike Commuter Challenge prompts a cycling smackdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/bike-commuter-challenge-prompts-cycling-smackdown-87763 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/Bikes_Flickr_Captain Cinema.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hordes of competitors have taken to the streets for an annual fight to the finish. Many teams will enter, but only a few can be victorious. It’s time again for the <a href="http://www.activetrans.org/" target="_blank">Active Transportation Alliance’s</a> Bike Commuter Challenge. The event is part of Chicago’s <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/bike_chicago.html" target="_blank">Bike to Work Week</a>, which runs through Friday, June 17.<br> <br> During that time, employers in various categories will compete to see how many workers they can get to bike to work. WBEZ won its division in 2009. But last year the station faced an upset, delivered by the pedal pushers at <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/" target="_blank">Old Town School of Folk Music</a>.<br> <br> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to the two team leaders - from WBEZ and the Old Town School of Folk Music - about what each has got this year. Representing WBEZ: Jerome McDonnell, host of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/worldview"><em>Worldview</em></a>. Facing off against McDonnell is<a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/register/FolkDetail.php?folk=33990" target="_blank"> Sarah Dandelles</a>, program manager at the Old Town School of Folk Music.</p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/bike-commuter-challenge-prompts-cycling-smackdown-87763