August 8 bike forecast: springlike, redux

Tuesday: like Monday, a springlike day, but way, way better.

TUESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Look at that! We’re approaching peak bike commuting conditions.

Overall: high 80, low 64, sunny as heck, calm winds

AM: a balmy 68, clear skies, and a bit of wind from the west-northwest

PM: 78, sunny, wind from the east at 7mph


VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF PREDICTED WEATHER:

Sunny skies, mild winds, and temperate temperature.


DIVVY REPORT: Like Jon Snow himself, State and 29th Street returns from the dead, added back into the Divvy system. Why? I don’t know. This story is tiring me out.

Otherwise, all stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


A cautionary tale from the road…

While walking near the Blommer Chocolate Factory at Milwaukee and Kinzie, I saw, firsthand, with my own eyes, a collision between a cyclist and a driver. Luckily the cyclist was all right.

The cyclist’s poor choices led to the collision, so let us use this example learn from her mistakes.

Cyclist was riding down Milwaukee, heading onto Kinzie. She skipped through a red light and  squeezed in front of a bus stopped on Desplaines while it waited to turn left. Cyclist thought she had an all-clear route, but her view behind the bus was obscured.

Blocked from her view was a car was traveling 30 mph right into her path – and the driver couldn’t see a cyclist headed into her own path. The driver slammed her brakes and slowed the car enough that she only hit the cyclist’s rear wheel.

Confusing? Well, look at the diagram.

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This was neither the time nor the place to run a red light! Defensive riding: a good idea, especially when dealing with the dangerous diagonal intersections of Milwaukee Avenue.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.9/4. Nearly perfect! Ride your bike!

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