How to Chicago: If you Bike, Wear White

Drawing by Wilson


25. Survive. Back in my sports radio listening days the renowned commentator Tony Kornheiser used to sign his show off with “If your’e out on your bike tonight, do wear white”.  Initially it struck me as a peculiar way to end a sports show. As time passed however, I began to really appreciate what I thought was a solid and unique public service announcement. Later I heard that it was more a tribute to the Rolling Stones tune “Something Happened To Me Yesterday”.

Blah, blah blah…..who cares. I’ve been observing bike riders during dusk, early and full evening for years now. I must continue to pass the advice on. If you are out on your bike tonight, do wear white. It makes a shocking difference in your visibility to drivers. Bike reflectors do not get the job done. It’s stunning how often I see people young and not young zipping around the neighborhood in black T-shirts and dark shorts. They appear from nowhere. Drivers cannot see you until they are figuratively on top of you. An easy way to keep that statement from going literal would be to throw on a white T-shirt before you head out on your high wheel. Give yourself a fighting chance.

Dedicated to Philando.

Fear is not an excuse for murder. 

How to Chicago: Public Transporchildren

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Illustration by Wilson

11. Thrive.  Get your kids used to public transportation early. If your part of the epidemic and spend your evenings as a private shuttle service for your shortys, this is key. By age 12 children should be able to take a bus to baseball practice. Do a couple of dry runs with them of course. Save some notes of land marks and important streets into their phone. If they want to play rugby, an instrument, AND take dance class then they must carry some of the weight. You will raise independent, confident, young humans.

In Chicago and most other large cities you can acquire a Student Reduced Fare card (Ventra in Chicago). Students 20 years and younger ride public transportation for $ 0.75 from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It makes me so happy.