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Although people of color make up about one third of the population, they make up 46.1 percent of pedestrian deaths.

Chicago ranks fourth in commuter pain index

Chicago ranks fourth in the country for commuter pain index.


Nearly 100 percent of the Chicago respondents said roadway traffic is negatively influencing their health. Specifically, 44 percent cited increased stress levels; 25 percent said they easily become angrier; and 12 percent said they are getting less sleep.

In addition, 15 percent said traffic congestion is hurting their performance at work or at school, the survey found.

Look, if you are one of these commuters, I will tell you the same thing I tell my friends in bad relationships: It's not worth it! You are better than this! End it right now. And then give me (us!) a call.

I love my commute. This morning I read a book. Yesterday I caught up with a friend I spotted on the sidewalk. In fact, I would go as far to say that my commute positively influences my mental and physical health.

I have an idea:. Sept. 22 is Chicagoland Car-Free Day. Take the pledge and make your plan to leave your health-reducing car at home.