Kick Off the New Year by Improving Infrastructure for Bikes

Happy New Year to everyone who stops by Ding Ding Let’s Ride! We’re ready for 2012 and with the first snow finally (!!) on the ground in Chicago, we’re thinking about cold-weather gear and Bike Winter tactics.  It’s also the time of year when we look back on the infrastructure improvements that have been made in our city and plan for the next round. After all, if it’s too cold and snowy/icy to ride outside,  it’s a good time to hole up in a warm spot and work on making biking even better for everyone year round. We’ll start you off with a few ideas:

 

 

  • Bike Fancy is in a similar mindset with her year-end review on the blog. She went back through all the posts last year and quantified the responses to her question “How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly? ” Check out the results !
  • 3 new state laws went into effect on January 1st, 2012 that were the result of a lot of hard work by the folks at the Active Transportation Alliance to improve safety for motorists and cyclists - check out the details on their site.
  • The Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 continues on this winter with more public meetings and open house events around the greater Chicago area to promote the plan and gather information from cyclists about where we ride or want to ride.
    • Wednesday January 18th, 2012
      • Garfield Park Conservatory – Jensen Room
      • 300 N. Central Park Avenue
      • 6-8:00PM (Presentation begins at 6:30pm)
    • Wednesday January 25th, 2012
      • Woodson Regional Library – Auditorium
      • 9525 S. Halsted St
      • 6-8:00PM (Presentation begins at 6:30pm)
    • Wednesday February 1st, 2012
      • Sulzer Regional Library – Auditorium
      • 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
      • 6-8:00PM (Presentation begins at 6:30pm)

 

AND  don’t forget that Friday January 20th is Chicago’s WINTER BIKE TO WORK DAY! For all of you that keep on riding to work all winter long, stop by Daley plaza between 6:30am-9:00am  to enjoy some hot coffee or tea courtesy of Caribou Coffee, and cheesecake from Eli’s. The date is significant – it’s the 27th anniversary of the coldest day in Chicago – O’Hare recorded a temperature that day of 27 degrees below zero!

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  • http://dingdingletsride.com Ms. Ding

    Beer cans only have deposits in certain states, just like bottles. However, you can take them to be recycled in most places – like Chicago – and be paid by the weight, so yeah the scrap metal guys and others collect cans for some extra money. More work than if there is a deposit.

  • Timoohz

    In the movies there’s always these hobos pushing a shopping cart full of cans when there’s a car chase going on… why? Do beer cans have deposit? Or are they sold to scrap metal?

    A deposit will certainly help cleaning up the streets. We’ve got a deposit on glass bottles (near 100% returns) and plastic bottles and aluminum cans (92% or something like that), and you’ll not find many of them laying around. Always someone walks or rides by and picks them up. Are we green, or greedy? :-D