WBEZ | Bike http://www.wbez.org/tags/bike Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en China to screen political candidates in Hong Kong http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-04/china-screen-political-candidates-hong-kong-110749 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP680171184547_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pro-democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong after Chinese officials announced a plan to pre-screen candidates for Hong Kong&#39;s next chief executive. Author Wen Huang joins us to tell us why he thinks it&#39;s a sign that democracy is eroding in Hong Kong.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-to-screen-candidates-in-hong-kong/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-to-screen-candidates-in-hong-kong.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-to-screen-candidates-in-hong-kong" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: China to screen political candidates in Hong Kong" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-04/china-screen-political-candidates-hong-kong-110749 Bike Commuter Challenge 2014 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-09/bike-commuter-challenge-2014-110307 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP256351672845.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bike Commuter Challenge takes place in Chicago from June 13th to the 20th. At least 450 companies are expected to compete. We&#39;ll find out who WBEZ is up against.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-bike-to-work-week-challenge/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-bike-to-work-week-challenge.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-bike-to-work-week-challenge" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Bike Commuter Challenge 2014" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-09/bike-commuter-challenge-2014-110307 Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago Bike Sharing_courtesy of Associated Press.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicago launches its bike-share program, we hear from you about if this new service will be utilized or largely ignored. Also, Monica Eng gives us the facts and fallacies about diet trends. And Chicago&#39;s Black Ensemble Theater pays tribute to Howlin&#39; Wolf.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 Dearborn Street gets two-way bike lane http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/dearborn-street-gets-two-way-bike-lane-104231 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_2918.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70132833?" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Department of Transportation has begun work on a new bike lane on downtown Chicago&#39;s Dearborn Street &ndash; but this is no ordinary bike lane.</p><p>For the first time in Chicago, bicyclists will have their own stoplight, and there are sensors in the road that know when cars are at the intersection.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also got two lanes going in either direction, buffered by a lane for parking.</p><p>That does mean one less lane for car traffic.</p><p>Gabe Klein heads the Chicago Department of Transportation. He says this 12-block stretch of Dearborn street is more &ldquo;rational.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The cars are flushing through the intersections just like they used to with two lanes versus three [lanes],&quot; Klein said.</p><p>&quot;But we do notice, again anecdotally, that speeds are down.&quot;</p><p>When it comes to bike-friendly cities Ethan Spotts of Active Transportation Alliance said Chicago is leading the way.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen that folks in Portland and Seattle and New York and Seattle are getting a little jealous, which is great,&rdquo; Spotts said.</p><p>The two-way bike lane runs from Polk Street north to Kinsie Street, which is about a mile and a half long. It&#39;s all part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s plan to add 100 miles of bike lanes to Chicago&#39;s streets by the end of his term in 2015.</p><p>The lane on Dearborn Street is expected to be ready for cyclists by the end of next week, as long as everything rolls along smoothly.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/dearborn-street-gets-two-way-bike-lane-104231 Sharing the road: Cyclists and motorists, what are your pet peeves? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/sharing-road-cyclists-and-motorists-what-are-your-pet-peeves-101235 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bike.jpg" title="(Flickr/Joseph Dennis)" /></div><p>Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he wants to make the Windy City &ldquo;the bike-friendliest city in the country.&rdquo; By some measures, we&rsquo;re getting closer to that goal.</p><p>We&rsquo;ve added bike lanes, and more are on the horizon&mdash;Emanuel wants to add 100 miles of lanes before the end of his first term. In May, <em>Bicycling Magazine</em> <a href="http://www.bicycling.com/ride-maps/featured-rides/5-chicago">rated</a> Chicago the fifth most bike-friendly in the nation.</p><p>But do these benchmarks reflect the reality of the road? Anyone who has hit the streets in a bike or a car knows that sharing the streets is easier said than done. Amidst often-packed roads, commuting can feel like a struggle for cyclists and motorists alike.</p><p>Friday on <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, we dive into the tensions and challenges of sharing the streets. Bikers and motorists: What are your pet peeves? Do you have stories to share or questions about the rules of the road? Call 312-923-9239 at 2:00 p.m. to join the conversation with Chicago Department of Transportation Bike Safety and Education Manager Charlie Short.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/sharing-road-cyclists-and-motorists-what-are-your-pet-peeves-101235 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 Achieving harmony in a city of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/achieving-harmony-city-pedestrians-cyclists-and-drivers-91553 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/Safety Summit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>How can we make it safer for cars, bikes and pedestrians to get around the city? <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> listeners offered their pedaling pet-peeves, vehicle vexations and on-foot frustrations. <a href="http://www.activetrans.org/blog/1043" target="_blank">Adolfo Hernandez</a>, the Director of<strong> </strong>Outreach and Advocacy for the<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.activetrans.org/" target="_blank">Active Transportation Alliance</a>, and Brent Johnston, who taught driver's ed at <a href="http://central.hinsdale86.org" target="_blank">Hinsdale Central High School</a> for 34 years and now co-chairs the Legislative Task Force for the <a href="http://www.ihscdea.org/" target="_blank">Illinois High School &amp; College Driver Education Association</a>, joined the conversation.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/achieving-harmony-city-pedestrians-cyclists-and-drivers-91553 Chicago's first protected bike lane completed http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagos-first-protected-bike-lane-completed-89605 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-25/AP080516028307.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's a milestone for Chicago bike enthusiasts.</p><p>Chicago's Department of Transportation says the city's first protected bike lane has been completed on the city's near northwest side, not far from downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday.</p><p>The lane is one that separates bike riders from vehicles. It's called a cycle track and is being tested on a half-mile stretch.</p><p>Flexible posts are being used to separate bikers from traffic.</p><p>Transportation department spokesman Brian Steele tells The Chicago Tribune that the cost of the project is about $140,000.</p><p>Plans are in the works for another test site on the city's South Side.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagos-first-protected-bike-lane-completed-89605 Chicago's two-wheeled revolution http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/chicagos-two-wheeled-revolution-88377 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/bikerswaiting.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With Mayor Rahm Emmanuel saying he’s committed to making the "City that Works" the most bike-friendly in the country, Chicago is experiencing a two-wheeled revolution. That’s music to Greg Borzo’s ears, author of <em>Where to Bike: Chicago</em>, a guide to Chicagoland’s best cycle routes. Borzo joined WBEZ to talk about the pleasures and challenges of being a bike rider in Chicago.<br> <br> Also, WBEZ took to the streets to find out Chicagoans' favorite cycle routes, and heard stories of cycle accidents and praise for the new protected cycle routes.</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/chicagos-two-wheeled-revolution-88377