A reporter checks out all 68 of Chicago’s new bikeshare stations and walks away tired, chafed, but impressed.
Despite numerous reports of their demise, bike couriers are still going strong -- a testament to the power of human-fueled transport in traffic-choked cities. Last week, they gathered in Chicago for some gonzo street racing, karaoke, and gobs of cheap beer.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cyclists find camaraderie -- and sometimes love -- in a Chicago biking club that is open to all comers.
Commissioner Gabe Klein.Photo: Steven VanceThis is excerpted from a longer story in GRID Chicago. To read the original, which includes a (somewhat hair-raising) ride to work with the commissioner, click here. When forward-thinking Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein reported for work on May 16 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new administration, it marked a sea change in the city’s priorities. Chicago spent most of the 20th century trying to make it easier to drive. In recent years, as other cities pioneered green transportation initiatives like car-protected bike lanes, large-scale public bike sharing systems, and “ciclovia” events …