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John Greenfield

In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and ‘L’ train.

Riding on Chicago’s new all-green protected Clark Street “brat lane”

“Fancy.” “I Love It.” Those aren’t just hits featuring British dance music singer-songwriter Charli XCX. They were also my reactions to Chicago’s nearly completed Clark Street protected bike lane.

July 6, 2024

New Transportation Equity Dashboard Finds Some Cities Trailing

"[Chicago transit is] falling behind in a post-COVID world," the report's creators say.

July 1, 2024

Check Out All the New Bikeways Chicago is Getting Next Year

The Ward Wise civic tech group at Chi Hack Night put together the map, and graciously allowed Streetsblog to publish it.

June 14, 2024

Legendary Chicago bicycle traveler and writer George Christensen killed by truck driver in South Carolina

As a longtime bicycle courier, and one of Chicago’s most adventurous bike riders and writers, George Christensen did extensive cycling trips in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Learn more about his legacy.

April 24, 2024

Chicago Announces $2M Federal Grant to Address Harms Caused By I-290

The Mayor's Office says the money will fund "improvements for people walking and bicycling on existing streets and paths surrounding and crossing the corridor."

April 16, 2024

How a Chicago Pick-Up Driver Miraculously Saved A Transit Rider From Serious Injury

It was chicken soup for the sustainable transportation reporter's soul to hear of a quick-thinking motorist protecting a CTA user from grievous harm.

February 21, 2024

Some Advocates Say Illinois Bill Police Stop Reform Bill Could Enable Deadly Driving

It would be totally counterproductive to try to prevent racial profiling by forcing officers to look the other way when motorists excessively speed or drive intoxicated.

February 7, 2024

Chicago Bike Camping Program Empowers People With Special nNeeds

This Chicagoland bike touring nonprofit has expanded its mission to include camping trips that are accessible to people with disabilities.

January 30, 2024

Chicago Cyclists Bust the Myth that ‘No One Bikes In the Winter’

Here's a quick "Eyes on the Street"-style gallery of today's event, which celebrated the completion of the controversial low-stress bike-ped route.

January 21, 2024

Chicago takes steps to help ensure free New Years Eve transit service won’t be terrible again this year

The grassroots transit advocacy group Commuters Take Action says they're "cautiously optimistic" about the CTA's NYE plan.

December 29, 2023