April 28: Another day, another wrong forecast?

So many alarmist stories about rain, so little actual rain. What the heck, Chicagoland meteorologists?

Same deal Friday as Wednesday and Thursday. A good chance of rain. After being burned in the past, here’s our take: be skeptical. But bring rain gear anyway.

WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC: Celestia_sun_original_2.jpg

Such negligible wind in the morning! That’s nice. Here’s the breakdown:

All day: High 59, low 45, cloudy, 50% chance of rain

Morning: low 50s, cloudy, 2 MPH winds from NE

Evening: high 50s, cloudy, wind from the ENE at 8 MPH, 50% chance of rain (dubious)

Recommended Rain Gear of the Week: 

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Get it? This lady’s not wearing any rain gear. A commentary on our disappointment with recent Chicago weather forecasts.

(Thanks for the picture, Chicago Tonight.)

DIVVY REPORT: Big news.

-Humboldt Drive & Luis Munoz Marin Drive station (inside Humboldt Park) removed entirely. Aw.

-New station opens at California Ave. & Cortez St.

Otherwise, all stations operational except Chappel Ave & 79th St., which remains closed.

 

STREET CLOSURES: 

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And the 1300-1400 blocks of E. 71st re-open after a monthlong closure.

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES (downtown):

 

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Click here for the whole map.

FYI, just out of view: closures at North Ave. and Bosworth.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING: Flag_of_Chicago__Illinois_svg.png

2.75 stars. Pretty good, assuming it doesn’t rain.

 

Enjoy your rides, and stay dry!

April 27: An OK day to ride

Thursday: like Wednesday, maybe. In the sense that meteorologists predict bad weather but it all turns out okay.

Or more than okay. Because Wednesday was beautiful! Meteorologists wrong! We give it a retroactive 3.25 stars.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Note a new infographic innovation: rain chance probability. Part of our effort to be more transparent about weather uncertainty.

All day: High 54, low 44, cloudy, windy, and possibly rainy.

The breakdown:

Morning: low 50s, 50% chance of rain, wind from the west at 14 MPH. There’s a near 100% chance of rain really early–5-6 AM–so roads will be wet.

Evening: low 50s, cloudy, wind from WSW at 16 MPH.

Lettuce Cat Wind Meter:

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Pretty windy out there. Hold onto your lettuce.

DIVVY REPORT: Sedgewick & Schiller back online. We also just noticed Chappel Ave. and 79th has been closed since April 14th. Oops. But if that’s your station, you probably knew already.

Everything else: in service.

STREET CLOSURES:

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES (downtown only):

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Click here for the whole map.

 

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.25/4. Windy, cloudy, wet roads, chance of rain. But nothing too bad.

 

Enjoy your rides!

April 26: Goodbye perfect weather

Wednesday looks likely to end the streak of excellent bike commute weather. Or does it?

WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

Celestia_sun_original_2.jpgAM on the left, PM on the right. You know the drill.

Overall, a high of 78(!) and a low of 52, with rain probable. The breakdown:

Morning: mid 60s, winds from the south at 12 MPH, isolated thunderstorms possible.

Evening: low 70s, winds from the south at 14 MPH, thunderstorms likely.

Tom Skilling says T-storms could be severe later in the evening. Dress appropriately.

Ridiculous rain gear of the week:

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Hmmmm. Actually that’s kinda cool.

DIVVY REPORT: As of 4PM, the station at Sedgewick and Schiller is out of service. Check the service map before you leave for work tomorrow morning.

STREET CLOSURES:

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Not much.

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES (downtown):

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Click here for the whole thing.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1.9/4. Maybe severe storms, maybe no rain at all. Who knows? This is our way of dealing with uncertainty.

Dress with versatility, and enjoy your rides.

Nice weather? Good luck getting a Divvy downtown

Nice weather in Chicago brings a smile to the face of many a local bike commuter.

But does it bring a smile to every bike commuter? What if you’re relying on a Divvy to get home? You might be annoyed that you can’t get a bike. Especially if you work in the Loop.

(By the way, it’s Divvy Week. You can get a free burrito or something.)

Continue reading “Nice weather? Good luck getting a Divvy downtown”

April 25: Ride your bike!

Monday: what a day to ride a bike!

Tuesday: what a day to ride a bike!

WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Morning conditions on the left, evening conditions on the right.

Overall, a high of 72 around 2pm and a low of 53 in the early morning.

Details:

Morning: High 50s, partly cloudy, winds from the SSE at 8 MPH.

Evening: Low 70s/high 60s, less sunny than morning, winds from SE at 12 MPH.

So, a bit windier and cloudier than Monday, but warmer too.

Cat-Lettuce Meter of Expected Windiness:

A little lettuce flap, but altogether mild.

DIVVY STATUS: All stations operational. If you’re in the Loop, good luck grabbing a bike in the evening. (More on that later.)

STREET CLOSURES: Screen_Shot_2017-04-24_at_7_55_32_PM.png

News on the street closure front.

Reopening:

300-400 block of E. 115th reopens after two months

11400 block of S. Front reopens after two months

4600 block of N. Broadway reopens after 3 days

Partial closures downtown: Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 8.01.22 PM.png

Click here for the rest of the map.

 

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.5/4. Excellent! Again! Clouds and moderate wind are a very slight bummer, but spring warmth keeps us near peak bike commute conditions.

Go ride your bike!

April 24: A Good Day

Monday: like Friday, but with even nicer weather for a bike commute.

We’re approaching peak bike commute conditions.

WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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The second iteration of the AM/PM weather infographic. Notice how only the PM side of the sun has a cloud. This means sunny morning and partly cloudy afternoon/evening.

What a clever and comprehensive infographic, right?

Details:

Overall: High 63, Low 41

In the morning: Mid 40s, negligible wind, sunny skies

In the evening: Low 50s, wind from the E or ENE at 9 MPH, some clouds

Visual Representation of Expected Windiness: 

Enough wind to wobble your lettuce, but not enough to blow it off your head.

DIVVY STATUS: All stations operational.

STREET CLOSURES:

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES:Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 9.26.43 PM.jpg

Click here for the full map.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.5/4. Marked down ever-so-slightly for the temperature, but it doesn’t get much better than this.

Enjoy your rides!

Map of the day: Potholes, part 2

A post on Tuesday showed potholes patched by the city in the previous 7 days.

But what about potholes that the city hasn’t filled? That question is more involved. Being non-experts, the best we could do is consult city data on potholes reported to 311.

(Note: the link above is a mess. Click the “visualize” tab, fill out the form, zoom in, cross fingers.)

Each day the Chicago’s 311 line gets hundreds of pothole service requests. For example, this past Tuesday: 306. Monday: 401.

Dating back to January 2009, the 311 hotline has received 463,199 reports of potholes. Let’s take a look at em.

 

Continue reading “Map of the day: Potholes, part 2”

April 21: Brisk and pleasant

 

Friday: the temperature yo-yo continues. Now we’re back to 40s. We don’t mind, because colder weather means less sweatiness.

EVER-IMPROVING COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:Celestia_sun_original_2.jpg

Here’s CBR’s latest effort to perfect the weather infographic, because a bike commute entails two trips, AM and PM. So we did two weather reports in one: AM on the left, PM on the right.

Breaking it down:

Overall: High 50, Low 42

Morning: Mid 40s, mostly cloudy, tiny chance of rain, winds from NNW at 11MPH

Evening: High 40s, mostly cloudy, winds from NNE at 12 MPH.

Bike accessory of the day:

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“Anything is possible.” -Lance Armstrong 

 

DIVVY REPORT: nothing offline.

STREET CLOSURES:

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“Partial street closures” downtown:Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 4.32.35 PM.png

Click here to zoom and see details.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3/4, again. Not as gorgeous temperature-wise as Thursday, but wind is more agreeable. No excuse not to ride!

 

In other news…

A report from the front lines of a beautiful day for cycling Thursday:

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First, the Lake Front Trail near its northern terminus, c. 3 PM. Thanks, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett.

Then, 20 minutes later, a shout from a guy in a white van: “Nice bike!”

A near perfect day. In retrospect, Thursday’s 3 star rating was a bit stingy.

Enjoy your rides, and follow @bikereportchi for updates and news.

 

 

April 20th: Spring returns, again

Thursday: a good day to commute. Warm all day and sunny in the afternoon, but a tad blustery. 20mph winds could make you go fast or slow, depending on your perspective.

COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Comprehensive Weather Infographic, now featuring a face.

MORNING/EVENING BREAKDOWNS:

Morning: High 60s, mostly cloudy, 16mph winds from the southwest. Slight chance of rain.

Evening: Low 60s, mostly sunny, 19mph winds from the west.

But after today’s dud of a thunderstorm, a cautionary note about weather forecasts and the general unknowability of the future: Tom Skilling’s WGN forecast predicts a high of only 60 degrees and a low of 41. Dress with versatility!

Approximate visual representation:

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Yeah, pretty windy. Properly secure the lettuce to the top of your head.

DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.

STREET CLOSURES: Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 8.02.21 PM.png

Same old, same old.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING: 

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3/4. Marked down due to wind.

In other news…

It was a big day for Chicago Bike Report, as we got our first media mention, courtesy of Streetsblog Chicago. Check it out for a much more thorough treatment of the Lake Front Trail separation plans.

John Greenfield, ever prolific, also writes in the Reader about the demise of the Marshall Boulevard bike lane. It’s a reminder that “community input and outreach are crucial for avoiding resentment from noncyclists.”

 

Enjoy your rides and this parting pic of the 31st Street Bridge.