In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and 'L' train.
Words matter. In the mainstream media, it’s common to refer to crashes where drivers injure or kill people as “accidents,” implying that these are unfortunate, but unavoidable incidents, when the reality is that it’s possible to dramatically reduce serious collisions through better roadway design and public policy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve tried to do my part to stop the spread by avoiding spending time indoors with non-household members. The main exception has been occasional use of public transportation, but studies indicate that transit isn’t a major source of transmission, thanks to the fact that most people are masked and there’s generally decent ventilation.