An article in Atlantic Cities on the background for Chicago's bus rapid transit plan
We now live in the age of bike-share and car-share, and today Chicago attracts plenty of people, mostly young and single, who would probably rather carry a flip phone than own a car. Yet the late 20th century remains baked into the city's landscape — there are drive-thru banks a ten minute walk from Michigan Avenue downtown, and big box stores and a strip mall with suburban-sized parking lots around the corner from the Steppenwolf Theatre.
Chicago's transportation split-personality explains a great deal about how its recent plan for bus-rapid transit along Ashland Avenue could become controversial. And it has. In January, I met separately with opponents and supporters of the proposal, and both sides used the word "transformational" to describe the city's BRT plan. One side meant it as a compliment, the other as a slur. As cities across the country debate the merits of sacrificing car lanes for transit, many eyes are on the Midwestern metropolis, where a proposal touted as a sensible way to improve commutes has become a referendum on how drastically the city should evolve.
Breezer has a line of Dutch-style bikes for the American Market. There are one, five and eight speed variants - this is the step-through version of the eight speed. They have a good reputation with nods to practicality - a built-in dynamo light, racks, serious fenders and chainguards. Not lightweight, but city commuters aren't designed for speed and hill climbing.
The highway infrastructure is deteroirating and all signs indicate a more rapid decline as politicians are afraid to raise the necessary taxes. But Mercedes may have a way out for the wealthy - the G63 AMG 6x6.. Serious power to six 37" tires to get around and over those nasty problems. Apparenlty it will be importated to the US and will go for a bit above a half million.