More Chicago News

Mayor Emanuel and I have something in common: we both took the Brown Line to work yesterday. I took it because threatening thunderstorms kept me off my bike and the Mayor took it to demonstrate how great Chicago’s public transportation system is.

“Got on the train and got to work in 30 minutes, short order. That is a competitive advantage for the city,” he said.

Next he should ride his bike to work. Would that be something? I think so! His people should call my people and we can work it out. (News story here)

Unfortunately, there was also tragic news yesterday.

A 30-year-old man, Fredrick Kobrick, was killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding his bike in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Sunday night. Based on a photo of the scene, it appears he was riding in a bike lane. The man driving the car was apprehended and has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. (News story here)

Yesterday, an 86-year-old woman, Coral Kier, was killed in my neighborhood while crossing the street in a crosswalk by a left-turning cab driver. No word yet on charges against the driver. (News story here)

My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

I chose to highlight these stories because I believe it’s important to recognize the good and the bad relevant news, and to recognize the victims, not to make bicycling or walking in the city seem especially dangerous. (Nearly every day, it seems, there are news stories about car drivers and passengers being killed in crashes.) I hope there will be justice for these senseless deaths, what little justice there can be, and further examination by the City of how it can make its residents safer.

  • Emily Kinskey

    It’s horribly sad, but the news is worth sharing so that people start to pay attention. Thanks for bringing these three pieces together.

  • Songbirdy

    Yesterday, in my city, the citizen of the year for 2010 was killed by a driver… while they didn’t say she was riding a cycle, she was a university student and known for using a cycle as her main mode of transportation…

    We have got to learn!!!

  • Songbirdy
  • cycler

    It would be fantastic if Rahm started riding to work, if only occasionally. Mayor Mennino in Boston rides pretty much every day, but only in his neighborhood early in the morning before coming to work, and I don’t see him starting to commute into downtown.

    Nothing brings the reality of street conditions home like actually getting out there and riding.

  • Www.bikesinmotion.blogspot.com

    These news stories are always so sad. The thought of dying doing something I love is always so distrurbing to me. No one should have to die because they enjoy riding a bicycle or crossing the road. It’s just not acceptable to me. Yesterday while commuting a truck passed me way to close and then drifted into the shoulder as it passed – as if to intimidate me. I didn’t commute today, but I went for a run at lunch time. A mini-tractor had a perfectly good road to ride on, but he pulled up within inches where I was running. I lost it and gave him the finger, which I felt shameful about. A cyclist also passed me and saw the whole thing. He nodded at me as if to say good for you – I saw what he did.

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  • Karen

    I will never understand the mentality behind hit and run and drinking and driving. The fullest extent of the law. No mercy.