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Chicago’s first protected bike lane on Kinzie St. increased ridership by 55 percent without increasing traffic congestion for cars.

John Kass: “Big newspaper man” at it again.

Kass-ti-gate /ˈkastəˌgāt/ 

verb, to reprimand (someone) severely in order to sell newspapers, i.e., He was kasstigated for being a little bike person.”/

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass must have been beside himself with glee when Chicago Ald. Dowell, a real fan of cycling, got frustrated over a proposed cable TV fee and made an off-the-cuff remark about charging a $25 fee for bikes. 

Kass has championed this idea before as a way to make “little bike people” pay for all the benefits we give society by biking, and he seized upon her remarks in his column today. 

We like the alderman and support her goal to increase safety and to pay for transportation, but a bike fee doesn’t improve safety and will make little if any money once you pay to collect the fees. 

Check out our blog on this and my previous blog post in response to a similar rant from Kass.