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August 23, 2012



John Kass is often seen standing outside the front of the Tribune Tower having a smoke. I'd like to see you approach him and discuss these issues. (BTW, i'm on the biker side)

Richard Prouty

Yes, I see him there sometimes. He's hardly ever alone, but the next time I see him I'll bring it up.


I think you underestimate our city residents and community organizations. People like Kass want us to think there's a big gap between planners and average residents. Despite what Kass would have us think, it's not just "elitist" planners and "hipsters" who see the benefits of biking. Community-based organizations and groups like AARP get it: http://www.activetrans.org/blog/tvillaire/kass-characterization-people-who-bike-and-protected-bike-lanes-way-mark

Richard Prouty

Hi Lee:

Thanks for making that point! You're absolutely right: Loop bike commuters are only a segment of the urban bike population. Bike around the city and you will see dishwashers, cleaning women, factory workers, waiters, and store clerks peddling around the streets of the city.

Biking reduces congestion and pollution, saves fossil fuels, and offers health benefits to all who ride. For the good of all Chicagoans the city should encourage bike riding.

That said, Kass does have one valid point: bike riders should obey traffic rules just like everyone else. You can't claim a right to the road without accepting the responsibility to follow the rules.

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