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"Bicycling In An Automobile's World" Article
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I had an article I authored entitled "Bicycling In An Automobile's World"…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Guzzardo 5 hours ago.

Support Your Local Bike Shop on Black Friday - What's Your LBS?
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While throngs of shoppers head out on "Black Friday" to chase deals, instead consider visiting your LBS (Local Bike Shop) for your winter riding needs and gift ideas for the cyclists in your life.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beans Dec 2, 2015.

Oscar Winnning Chicago Documentarian Creating Doc About Women Biking in Afghanistan

A friend of mine, Caryn Capotosto, that I grew up with in Glen Ellyn is a film producer that is working on a film about female cyclists in Afghanistan. The working title is Afghan Cycles. Caryn is…Continue

Started Sep 1, 2015

Intelligentsia Cup - Prairie State Cycling Series This Week!

The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series. The title sponsors of the event are Intelligentsia Coffee and SRAM and…Continue

Started Jul 17, 2015


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Joe Guzzardo replied to Mike Keating's discussion "Bicycling In An Automobile's World" Article
"Since the end WW2 and to this day pretty much, our whole economy revolved in large part around the automotive and related sectors. Everything from suburban sprawl, to global warming, to the four big killers, coronary disease, cancer, stroke and…"
5 hours ago
Mike Keating replied to Mike Keating's discussion "Bicycling In An Automobile's World" Article
"I was interviewed by the AP on Tuesday and was asked if things will ever change. And I responded that I think they time. Eventually all these people, especially the millenials, who not just accept but embrace bicycling as a regular part…"
15 hours ago
Gene Tenner replied to Mike Keating's discussion "Bicycling In An Automobile's World" Article
"Nice article, Mike. Loads of fact and an overarching view of the problem shows to me that progress will be slow and ongoing; behavior is hard to change, but will work with steady pressure. Civil rights do not happened overnight."
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion Milwaukee Has Twice as Many Winter Bike Commuters as Chicago
"It's not so much defending Milwaukee as pointing out it is a great city. Take the Amtrak up there and ride around some day. Stop in some of the local pubs for a drink. Get some food at a local place. Check out their beautiful lakefront. MKE…"
Mike Keating replied to mweerd's discussion Trailer vs Bike Seat for toddler
"How old is your toddler? If you can fit him/her in a bike seat you would be fine. I agree with Kat about the concern of them being behind and below. It always made me anxious.  The Burley also doubles as a trailer for a lot of things.…"
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"Bicycling In An Automobile's World" Article

I had an article I authored entitled "Bicycling In An Automobile's World" published in Trial Magazine, the publication of the national trial lawyers' association. It is written for a legal audience, but I wanted to share it because it hits on issues that affect all bicyclists in Illinois. Namely, how decades of "automobiles first" federal transportation policies and funding…See More
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion Milwaukee Has Twice as Many Winter Bike Commuters as Chicago
"Milwaukee is one of the most underrated cities in North America. Great bike culture. When I was at Marquette in mid-90's, my senior year project in a marketing class was to help pro-bono with the marketing for a start-up bike messenger company.…"
Mike Keating replied to Carter O'Brien's discussion Logan Square multi-vehicle and bike crash
"This is very solid advice about the importance of two relatively unknown types of insurance: Uninsured (covers you if the other driver doesn't have insurance) and Underinsured (covers you when the other driver doesn't have enough…"
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion Why don't I lose weight when I ride my bike all the time?
"Many, many years (and pounds) ago in my running days at Marquette whenever we wanted to slim down the advice was to "not eat anything white." Fast forward and science has found that cutting down on foods with a high glycemic index (most…"
Feb 3
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion 5 Things Cyclists Do That Are Perfectly Legal
"The Illinois bike law just says that the rear red reflector needs to be visible from "600 Feet." It does not say if that means at night or day time, but I've always thought it meant visible at night given the context of the purpose of…"
Feb 2
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion 5 Things Cyclists Do That Are Perfectly Legal
"The Red Reflector on its own satisfies the law in Illinois. The law says that you may use a rear red light IN ADDITION to the red reflector. I'm not sure if the result is due to awkward legal drafting, or if the Illinois legislators wanted…"
Feb 1
Mike Keating replied to Yasmeen's discussion 5 Things Cyclists Do That Are Perfectly Legal
"The one Illinois law that most people aren't aware of is that if you are at a Red Light and the light won't change because the signal is weight activated, you can go through the Red Light if it is safe to do so. Note that this does not…"
Feb 1
Mike Keating is attending Lee Diamond's event

Winter Bike Swap 2016 at Jaks Tap

February 20, 2016 from 11am to 4pm
For the seventh straight year, Chicago area cyclists will be able to come together to browse and buy bikes, bike parts, bike clothes and accessories as well as discover a wide variety of companies, non-profit groups, individuals and organizations with bicycle related services.Admission is $5 The swap this year is…See More
Jan 30
Mike Keating is attending K Stephens's event

Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College

January 31, 2016 from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Great deals on everything for the bike.  New or used.  Buy or sell.  $5 admission.  Kids 12 and under free. Free parking.See More
Jan 25
Mike Keating is attending The Chainlink Events's event

Active Trans Winter Bike to Work Day at Daley Plaza

January 22, 2016 from 6:30am to 9am
Join Active Trans and other Winter Bike Challenge participants for Winter Bike to Work Day on Friday, January 22nd at Daley Plaza for the annual celebration of cyclists who don't let the cold temperatures or snow stop them from biking. From 6:30-9am, warm up and mingle with other winter cyclists with free Dark Matter coffee and Eli's cheesecake. Be sure to grab some free samples from Nuun and …See More
Jan 21
Mike Keating replied to Dean Bekken's discussion Agro Teen Threatened to Shoot
"If you haven't already, call the police. You can call 311 and if they think it rises to the level of an emergency, they'll pass you along to Office of Emergency Management Control. "
Jan 21

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Mountain, Cyclocross, Cruiser, Track, Divvy (bike share), Fixed Gear
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Competition / Racing, Around Town, My job involves biking, My business involves biking
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Bikes, news, friends. All the things that make the Chicago bicycling community so great.
About me:
I'm a Chicago-based attorney and an avid bicyclist. I'm also the author of the blog. Throughout my career I've consistently advocated for greater protection for cyclists, particularly those in the urban environment.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):

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At 4:35pm on September 7, 2015, Jim Reho said…

Thanks for the friend invite.  Yes, I must admit that I'm a lawyer, although I usually identify myself as a English major, period.  I appreciate the good work you guys are doing for the biking cause. 

At 6:48pm on March 25, 2015, Shawn A Conley said…

Hey Mike.  I called you.  Need to talk to you.

At 11:28pm on October 17, 2013, Maria E Astudillo said…

Hi Mike! Good to hear from you- all is well, moving on and making the best of life. Thanks for you help- M

At 4:47pm on January 23, 2013, Jeff Markus said…

Yo Mike,

I don't think the coffee meeting format will need me to pull strings but I'll let ya know if I think a 'friendly' follow up would help.

I'm thinkin' this to be more of an introduction to LOOK for the 3 officials and to sorta feel'em out for contact info and potential leverage as we move forward with the education campaign.

Thanks for the offer and if you can make it the extra body would be handy since the hour and a half is going to be a challenge to hit all 3 since they will be burdened with many constituent concerns.

Jeff Markus

PS note address change to the other end of the 3400 block on Southport (3445, Mystic Celt)

At 4:42pm on January 19, 2011, Samantha said…
Hey thanks for the patches and stickers - wrote about you on the blog I'm apart of - check it out!
At 1:39am on January 19, 2011, lauren sailor said…
sorry! i've been cranky and defensive. overworked, ugh.
At 11:52am on January 3, 2011, Davo said…
Thanks again for the stickers and patches. I'll be sure to pass on the info in your letter too. Thank you for your service


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