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Zen and the art of urban transportation

Zen and the art of urban transportation

Commissioner Gabe Klein. Photo: Steven Vance This is excerpted from a longer story in GRID Chicago . To read the original, which includes a (somewhat hair-raising) ride to work with the commissioner, click here . When forward-thinking Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein reported for work on May 16 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new administration, it marked a sea change in the city's priorities. Chicago spent most of the 20th century trying to make it easier to drive. In recent years, as other cities pioneered green transportation initiatives like car-protected bike lanes, large-scale public bike sharing systems, and "ciclovia " events which shut down streets to make room for car-free recreation, Chicago futilely tried to fight auto congestion by removing pedestrian crosswalks, shortening walk signal times, and installing slip lanes and rig...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-12-15-zen-and-th...

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