A Polish man learned a valuable lesson at the European Court of Justice on Thursday: When you sell your car, call the DMV and remove your name from the registration before you turn over the keys. In November 2017, Dutch traffic authorities sent Z.P. a $250 traffic ticket for an unspecified offense committed in the Netherlands. Z.P. missed the short window to appeal the ticket, leading Dutch authorities to ask their counterpart in Poland to collect.
Though new speed humps were installed in various areas in the city of Pittsburgh, concerns from residents remain. A resident who lives on Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill, where a speed hump was recently installed, said drivers now swerve into bike lanes to avoid them. There are also no signs warning drivers about the speed hump. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 cameras were there for about a half an hour and saw several drivers swerve into the bike lane to maintain their speed.
According to the police department’s policy, “pursuit supervisors must always balance the need for immediate apprehension with the danger created by the pursuit.” In this case, Thomas believes the chase put lives at risk. “It’s not safe to have a hundred mile per hour chase throughout the neighborhood,” Thomas said. At one point the suspect narrowly missed a young woman, who was riding her bike.
Chicago Area Road Diet Watch: Lincolnwood may save a bike lane plan that was almost scrapped due to parking worries
orth-suburban Lincolnwood is home to three bike paths — the Valley Line Trail, the Union Pacific Trail, and the North Shore Channel Trail — so it’s a reasonably bike-friendly community. However, the desire to preserve free storage for privately owned metal boxes on the public way (car parking) nearly killed off a proposal for buffered bike lanes on Pratt Avenue between Crawford and Cicero avenues. Fortunately, an alternative proposal by a quick-thinking village trustee may salvage the plan. At last night’s village meeting, there was a discussion of the proposed Pratt bikeway, which would provide access to the Valley Line Trail, aka the Skokie Line Trail, which runs from Dempster Street in Lincolnwood to Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago. Director of public works Andrew Letson discussed the history of the project. When this stretch of Pratt was repaved in 2016, the local police department requested that parking lanes be striped to help discourage speeding and formalize the existing practice of parking on the side of the road. Last September, trustee Hlepas Nickell requested that bike lanes be considered for Pratt west of Crawford at a future meeting.
Watkins said that the city’s review of the square’s streets concluded that the current design’s crosswalks “are not very clear,” and that the north side of the square, where Brattle meets Massachusetts Avenue, creates an “awkward merge – especially for cyclists.” By reducing the number of northbound lanes from Massachusetts Avenue – from two lanes to one lane along the plaza – the city found that it could simplify traffic signal timing throughout the square, and reduce wait times for motor vehicles and pedestrians, while also providing more space to buffer the northbound bike lane and ultimately, in a future project, widen the sidewalk along Harvard Yard.