City continues testing Ventra integration with Divvy bike sharing

This week, CDOT reps acknowledged the ongoing testing and the planned future implementation of Ventra fare card integrating with the city’s growing Divvy bicycle sharing system. At a Monday luncheon at the City Club of Chicago, CDOT leaders indicated that the city is still working on Ventra integration using the smartphone app, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In addition CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld praised the success of the Divvy program and referred to the bike sharing system as “Chicago’s newest transit service,” the Sun-Times reports.

Read the full article at Curbed Chicago.

Wilmette Bike Lanes Concept Hits Bump

WILMETTE – The Wilmette Municipal Services Committee on May 3 voted 3-2 in favor of keeping Central Avenue’s traffic patterns the same, rejecting the idea of a shared bike lane that would eliminate parking on some portions of the street. Trustee Julie Wolf voted in favor of shared lanes for cyclists and drivers.

The issue was part of the committee’s broader discussion of the Central Avenue Reconstruction Project. The village has received a $3.5 million federal grant and is nearing the close of Phase I of the project that will include resurfacing Central Avenue.

The Village Board will make the final decision regarding Central Avenue’s roadway configuration. The next Village Board is scheduled for May 9.

Read more at Daily North Shore

Go Green Wilmette reports in their May 20th newsletter:

Thanks to a partnership between School Districts 37, 39, the Wilmette Park District and local police, Wilmette students have received in class and on the road bike education this spring. All second graders participate in a bike safety rodeo. All fourth graders get in class training and the opportunity to ride from their elementary school to Highcrest Middle School. Marie Murphy School takes all 8th graders on a bike ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden! Many thanks to Tom Schneider, our Wilmette bicycle educator!

No to Reverse Angle Parking in Wilmette

WILMETTE – Reverse angle parking — when a driver is required to back into a diagonal space — was shot down by the Municipal Services Committee at a May 3 meeting, after the downtown business community voiced its opposition to the idea proposed for Central Avenue and the downtown business district.

Julie Yusim, executive director of the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce, presented the committee with a petition containing 62 signatures of business people opposing the proposal. “It is not going to be the right answer,” Yusim said.

The issue was part of the committee’s broader discussion of the Central Avenue Reconstruction Project. The village has received a $3.5 million federal grant and is currently nearing the close of Phase I of the project.

Brian Fairwood, a consultant with the engineering firm TranSystems explained that the village had two options: keep the parking the same in the downtown or consider reverse angle parking. The second option would require drivers to pull ahead of a diagonal space and then back into the space to park.

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Bike Path Expansion: From Wisconsin to Skokie

Expansion of the Skokie Valley Bike Path in Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and Highland Park south to Skokie is moving closer to reality.

Area residents got their first public look at plans to build a bicycle bridge over Lake Cook Road from Highland Park into Northbrook and an extension of the path through Northbrook to the Northfield village limit at an open house November 29 at the Highland Park Police Station.

There will be another open house from 5 to 7 p.m. December 14 at the Northbrook Village Hall.

The project is a joint effort with the Lake and Cook Counties as well as the villages of Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Glenview, according to Matt Emde, a civil engineer with the Lake County Division of Transportation and the project manager for the Lake County portion.

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