When asking around, I heard these three candidates are some potential good bike-friendly options:
Let's use this thread to discuss, bring in articles, quotations, and proof of bike-savviness. Cool?
That's great to hear that she is concerned about Uber/Lyft. Also so good to hear you were able to talk to her directly. That's fantastic.
Toni is a habitual walker. I see her out and about in the hood all the time, on foot. Granted, being about 6'10" (maybe slight exaggeration), cars can see her from two blocks away. Lori, on the other hand, at about 5' tall, must be at risk every time she steps out into traffic!
Jeremy, your broad underlying assumption that "bike issues are not a concern for people over 55" demonstrates a lack of sophistication in your analysis. I rather doubt that either Lori or Toni will come out as "anti-bike" as a way of differentiating themselves from the outgoing mayor. I will add that the low turnout of voters under the age of 44 was some kind of lame sauce.
I also have to disagree with Jeremy's logic of being anti-bike because of the need for both candidates to distance themselves from Rahm's transportation policies. I'm confident that Lori will recognize what is effective.
I did find it very disheartening yesterday of the poor turnout of the 25 - 44 year old voting block. Local political issues are just as important as national issues. I urge all in this group to take advantage in the upcoming election of the convenience of early voting or vote by mail.
Although no mention is being made of the 18-24 year-old voting block, it too was weak, certainly not enough to push Amara into serious contention.
I was at a ward 43 Aldermanic forum (an almost perfect definition of "people over the age of 55") when the moderator asked if police should write more tickets against cyclists. All 6 candidates emphatically said "yes".
Drivers outnumber cyclists by a huge margin. Nobody is going to win an election championing bike issues. People will lose elections if drivers feel they are being victimized by a "war on cars".
As people have pointed out in this thread, neither candidate takes vehicle safety seriously in their personal habits. They talked about bike lanes in an Active Transportation Alliance survey? They were probably just trying to appeal to the target audience. Let's see what they say in one of the upcoming debates.
I do not live in the city but find the turnout depressing. This is not a comment on who won and who lost. The two winners would have been very high on my list if I had a vote. However, there were more people at my bar-mitzvah than who voted for any of these candidates. The voters had an historic chance to reshape the city with a new mayor and a plethora of candidates and nobody seemed to care.
Agreed. It's lazy and not taking any responsibility.
Campaign strategies aside, this conduct may reveal the regard someone may actually have for cyclists and pedestrians on the road: http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/04/preckwinkle-racks-up-even-more-sp...
If that's true, that's not good. One thing that bums me out about this post on CWB is talking down to her by saying "Girl, what's the emergency?"
Not only is that sexist, it could be perceived as racist all in a lame attempt at humor. If they were talking to a man, just replace "girl" with "boy" and see how that feels. Not good.
CWB is a consistent source of dog-whistles.