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Thankfully the column is just more of Kass' hot air.  But the Trib is instigating a "digital Membership" so it is tough to access your link above.

In a nutshell, here are a few of Kass' wacky proposals today:

•City bike tolls and city bike vehicle stickers, which could bring in millions upon millions of much-needed revenue to City Hall, allowing the cash-strapped government to add new police to its woefully undermanned force.

•City stop-sign cameras to automatically ticket bicyclists who cruise past the signs without stopping, infuriating those of us in cars.

•Hefty city bike parking fees, like the city parking meter fees, easily enforced as bikers "park" in city bike racks. No sticker = big tickets. And if you don't pay, there's always the bike boot.

•And my personal favorite: the Rahm-PASS. Fixed to the bike's handlebars, the Rahm-PASS transponder would be like the I-PASS for cars on state tollways. Cyclists would cruise underneath strategically situated girders over street corners with heavy bike traffic, and they would bypass (or Rahm-PASS) the bike tollbooths run by grumpy political workers.

 

Kass' idea of a little joke.  Because further down he goes on to admit "OK, OK, OK, there is no actual plan.....Predictably, the group of elitist politically coddled bicyclists — the One Percenters of the Commuter Class — call my idea insane...."

Just another blow-hard, caught in traffic jams of their own making, and pissed that we're zooming past them on $100 vehicles, having a lot more fun, and no rage.

 

Why stop with bikes? Lets cut all tax money out of CDOT's budget and fund the whole system system with tolls and fines. I'm sure that John Kass won't mind giving up his subsidized ride to fix the city's budget.

Cut him some slack, without Daley to kick around it must be hard to be Kass.

clp said:

Thankfully the column is just more of Kass' hot air.  But the Trib is instigating a "digital Membership" so it is tough to access your link above.

Nothing like a suburbanite making comments about how us city folks design our public spaces.

From the Tribune's website:

"Kass lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons."

 

Kass is really STRETCHING to find some enemy to attack with his "wit."


He is no Royko, and he seems to be trying to find a cause to replace Daley (shortshanks?) to fill his column.

There is plenty of other areas that Kass could be attacking- he must be bored as Cameron stated above.

I wlll bet that Kass will get a lot of comments from the anti bike crowd, that equals Trib pageviews and registrations, so the ultimate goal was achieved.

I refuse to sign up for the Trib site, but if you use their mobile site, you can access the walled content w/o registering.

Now back to work.

This is exactly the kind of shotty journalism that holds this city back.  I expect a letter to the editor from Active Trans Executive Director Burke or CDOT commissioner Klien.  The Tribune embarrasses itself by way of Kass's article, and it ought to be called out.

As a newly minted suburbanite from Chicago, I take offense. Most of us work in the city and being denizens of Cook County we pay both the taxes and fees that support OUR public spaces.  Having screed that, I think Kass is an idiot; but a useful idiot. While we may think his "suggestions" insane, a lot of our fellow citizens will not - including revenue-hungry politicos and bureaucrats. As I've said before (and before and before) stuff like this is coming and it's time to stop being shocked by it and start organizing against it!

Duppie said:

Nothing like a suburbanite making comments about how us city folks design our public spaces.

From the Tribune's website:

"Kass lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons."

 

I definitely would like stop sign cameras, but for cars. Let's start there. There's nothing like the feeling of living in Somalia when I (in a car) come to a stop and some MFFY zooms by it. Apologies to Somalians.

For bikes, stupidity should be ticketed, but how do you pick it out from the sea of stupidity around you?

It's hard to read that garbage legacy media "news"paper behind the paywall.  

Why bother?  It's just garbage, written by garbage.

I think one of the most important things to do is to better educate the public on how transportation funding really works. Make people more aware of how much is spent on roads and where that money comes from. Many motorists believe that the gas taxes they pay cover the cost of roads, while in reality huge amounts of local property taxes, as while as federal and state income taxes, are spent on roads.

 

Also while articles about a proposed bike project always state the often alarmingly high price, very rarely is the cost of other transportation projects stated meaning that few people have a meaningful reference to compare these costs to. For example $140,000 for the Kinzie protected lane seems like a lot of money, but it's only two left turn signals. When you figure in the lower costs of bike projects and the amount cyclists pay into transportation funding through property and income taxes they probably already are paying more than "their share" but the costs and funding sources are so muddled that it's hard to see.



da' Square Wheelman (aka garth) said:

As a newly minted suburbanite from Chicago, I take offense. Most of us work in the city and being denizens of Cook County we pay both the taxes and fees that support OUR public spaces.  Having screed that, I think Kass is an idiot; but a useful idiot. While we may think his "suggestions" insane, a lot of our fellow citizens will not - including revenue-hungry politicos and bureaucrats. As I've said before (and before and before) stuff like this is coming and it's time to stop being shocked by it and start organizing against it!
 

Yep, it's coming and we need to stop saying it will never happen or discounting how stupid an idea it is and get ready to fight it.

da' Square Wheelman (aka garth) said:

As a newly minted suburbanite from Chicago, I take offense. Most of us work in the city and being denizens of Cook County we pay both the taxes and fees that support OUR public spaces.  Having screed that, I think Kass is an idiot; but a useful idiot. While we may think his "suggestions" insane, a lot of our fellow citizens will not - including revenue-hungry politicos and bureaucrats. As I've said before (and before and before) stuff like this is coming and it's time to stop being shocked by it and start organizing against it!

Duppie said:

Nothing like a suburbanite making comments about how us city folks design our public spaces.

From the Tribune's website:

"Kass lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons."

 

It will never come. Licencing is administered by the state and they will never think of bikes as anything but toys. The city can't enforce the registration ordinance it already has in place, and with bike share, getting riders to use the system is going to take precedence or licencing.  


notoriousDUG said:

Yep, it's coming and we need to stop saying it will never happen or discounting how stupid an idea it is and get ready to fight it.

da' Square Wheelman (aka garth) said:

As a newly minted suburbanite from Chicago, I take offense. Most of us work in the city and being denizens of Cook County we pay both the taxes and fees that support OUR public spaces.  Having screed that, I think Kass is an idiot; but a useful idiot. While we may think his "suggestions" insane, a lot of our fellow citizens will not - including revenue-hungry politicos and bureaucrats. As I've said before (and before and before) stuff like this is coming and it's time to stop being shocked by it and start organizing against it!

Duppie said:

Nothing like a suburbanite making comments about how us city folks design our public spaces.

From the Tribune's website:

"Kass lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons."

 

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