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Last week's ride asked to identify the El crash that killed 10 people and led to a recommendation to phase out wooden cars.

The answer is the rear-end collision involving a Chicago Rapid Transit elevated train and a Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee interurban train at Granville station on Nov. 24, 1936. A northbound el train of eight wooden and steel cars was stopped, waiting for clearance onto a local track, when the North Shore express, made up of three steel cars, slammed into it from behind at just 10 mph. Federal investigators attributed the number of casualties to the fact that the steel coaches telescoped through the wooden rear coach of the El train, destroying it.

Carl Rollberg at Calumet Park got in his answer at 6 a.m. -- and was the winner!

Del Valle and Bikes

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Earlier this month, the Ride had a story about how the Active Transportation Alliance is hoping the next mayor will further Mayor Daley's work to make Chicago welcoming to bicycles and pedestrians.

At least one mayoral candidate has come forward on this issue -- City Clerk Miguel del Valle. On his campaign-focused Facebook page, Del Valle said he wanted to make Chicago "one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world."

"Let's make Chicago one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world," del Valle wrote. "Let's add bike lanes. Let's ensure quality pavement..." del Valle wrote. "I will work with the City Council, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Active Transportation Alliance to launch bicycle friendly initiatives. Let's keep this going."

Del Valle says his son is an active cyclist.

For our last ride trivia quiz, the question was: what Chicago street is the maiden name of a lady who became one of Chicago's leading socialites?

The answer is Honore, named for Chicago real estate developer Henry Hamilton Honore. His daugher, Bertha, married Potter Palmer of Palmer House fame.

Janet Heifetz of Chicago was the first with the right answer, and she gets the umbrella.

This Monday is a favorite event for transportation geeks like myself -- The William O. Lipinski Transportation Forum at Northwestern University. The topic this year is public transit for Chicago -- and will include a panel discussion with CTA President Richard Rodriguez, Metra acting executive director William Tupper, Pace executive driector T.J. Ross and Illinois Tollway executive director Kristi Lafleur. The "four tops" from Springfield are also on the schedule -- Michael Madigan, Tom Cross, John Cullerton and Christine Radogno.

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