43rd Ward runoff candidates support 50 miles of new bus lanes

The two candidates in the runoff election for alderman in the transit-rich 43rd Ward live car-lite lifestyles and hope to work to give more families that opportunity.

The 43rd Ward is on Chicago’s North Side and includes parts of Lincoln Park, Old Town and Lakeview. The seat is currently held by Ald. Michele Smith, who is running for re-election in the runoff against Derek Lindblom.

Active Transportation NOW sent a questionnaire to the two 43rd Ward candidates about a range of transportation issues. Below is a summary of their responses. Be sure to read their completed form for their full responses.           

Following is a summary of the candidates’ positions based on the questionnaire responses and public statements. Active Transportation NOW does not endorse aldermanic candidates. Our goal is to educate candidates and voters about the city’s transportation needs and build support for improvements.

Candidates in the runoff election

DEREK LINDBLOM

Derek Lindblom pledges support for nine of 10 proposed policies. He says he walks his son to childcare and to run errands, and commutes by Divvy or transit year-round. Lindblom supports a Chicago Bike Walk Fund because “every neighborhood deserves access to safe biking and walking.”

Lindblom supports 50 miles of new bus lanes and a discounted transit fare for low-income riders because “connecting folks to jobs [via transit] is critical to addressing entrenched poverty.” He says “serious public transit planning” around the impact of the proposed Lincoln Yards development will be a priority.

Lindblom doesn’t support congestion fees that would incentivize shared and active trips because he would need to know more details.

ALD. MICHELE SMITH

Ald. Michele Smith pledges support for nine of the 10 proposed policies. She says she walks, bikes and rides transit and “recognizes the importance of providing transit options which will help reduce the number of cars from our streets and relieve congestion.”

Smith supports 100 miles of new bikeways, 50 miles of busways and a discounted transit fare for low-income riders. She says bus lanes have led to increased efficiency and backs a citywide plan that would mirror the success of New York’s growing bus lane network.

Smith opposes congestion fees that would incentivize shared and active trips.