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Carter O'Brien
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Carter O'Brien's Discussions

Navy Pier Flyover delayed (again)
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Warning: reading may bring one's face in contact with one's palm in a rapid and violent fashion.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian S Oct 24, 2018.

No pedestrian signage near Queen's Landing
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I seem to have totally missed the signage that was installed on this stretch, when did this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernesto Lube Jun 19, 2018.

Bike thief busted in undercover sting
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Sweet, sweet justice. Bike thieves are just the worst.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan 2-3 or more mi. Aug 19, 2017.

 

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Carter O'Brien replied to JeffB's discussion Northerly Island path collapse
"I think the last thing I heard was CPD and the US Army Corp were in negotiations about it, as it seems kind of obvious the US Army Corp needs to make the fix, but they may be considering a new design or user strategy. It really is a bummer, I love…"
Apr 5
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion Riverwalk Security Guards Back At It
"We'd have to do some more research on the contracts and those cases, but common law precedent rulings don't necessarily trump Federal law if there were other legally binding elements. So it may very well be the case that the City…"
Apr 4
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion Temporary Flyover Failure
"What a shame, it's not like CDOT doesn't have extensive experience putting those large metal plates down for situations like this."
Mar 22
Carter O'Brien replied to kb's discussion Chainlink tell me what you know about biking in St. Louis!
"I was there in May, 2017 for almost a week and I don't recall seeing a single cyclist, but I also didn't stray too far from the convention center/activities downtown. But I'm chiming in largely to just say the City Museum is an…"
Mar 21
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion City opens part of Navy Pier Flyover today, 12/20
"And so happy to viewing this godawful blind spot/bottleneck from above!"
Dec 21, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion City opens part of Navy Pier Flyover today, 12/20
"This sign will fix everything. Actually, I do love this signage, I wish they had this posted in more places, it's really clear IMO."
Dec 21, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion City opens part of Navy Pier Flyover today, 12/20
Dec 21, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion City opens part of Navy Pier Flyover today, 12/20
"(insert Divvy rider joke here)"
Dec 21, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to dav's discussion How often do you smell weed on your commute?
"Aha - perhaps the munchies helps explain the famous demand for avocado toast in these parts."
Dec 20, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Careless pedestrian
"If you had a bell you could have thrown it at him so he'd pay attention."
Dec 20, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Gage B.'s discussion Angry City.
Dec 20, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion City opens part of Navy Pier Flyover today, 12/20
Dec 20, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion To the guy in the black Acura MDX
"Can I have that framed?  My daughter has just enough wall space amongst the cat, super hero, and other such posters - and I'm sure she'd appreciate it!  : )"
Dec 6, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion To the guy in the black Acura MDX
"clp, I'd say that *your* expectation that people in a bike forum stop advocating for bike lanes is what is out of touch with reality. Seriously, you're on the same place of delusion as the PETA types who stand in front of McDonald's…"
Dec 5, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion To the guy in the black Acura MDX
"And doh, apparently I can't either reply to individual replies or edit. : P Nevertheless, as a cyclist who does believe in asserting our collective right (and responsibility) to ride on the street, respect, Tooscrapps."
Dec 5, 2018
Carter O'Brien replied to Tooscrapps's discussion To the guy in the black Acura MDX
"Well, I admire your restraint and appreciate you being able to keep your cool. On behalf of people who drive that aren't psychopaths, I apologize for this ridiculous and completely unwarranted amount of stress you had to suffer."
Dec 5, 2018

Profile Information

What I ride:
Mountain, Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town
What brings you to The Chainlink?
I've been here forever, it's the "back of the bus" where all the cool cyclists go.
About me:
I'm 47, and have been an avid cyclist in the City since at least 4th grade. I now live just SE of Belmont & Kimball.

Having spent 95% of my life between Diversey & Belmont on the north side (lived first around the Elbo Room, then Diversey & Damen) has given me a pretty time-tested perspective on the challenges of heading straight east to the Lakefront as well as those using the Elston or Milwaukee (or hybrid routes) for my commute over the past 14 years to the Field Museum.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/department/greener-field

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