Springfield Update - It's all good news

On Wednesday, the Illinois General Assembly passed two initiative championed by Active Transportation Alliance. Both bills now go to Gov. Pat Quinn for his likely signature. 

SB 2951 will create a new crime for motorists who drive to close to, toward or near cyclists and pedestrians. The bill will give policy a new tool to help ensure safer roads for everyone. Thank you to Sen. Silverstein and Rep. Sente for sponsoring this bill. This marks freshmen Rep. Carol Sente's first bill adopted. Congrats Representative! We look forward to a long partnership. 

The General Assembly also passed SB 2804. This bill, a joint initiative with Illinois Municipal League, will allow many suburbs to lower speed limits on residential streets. Thank you to the overwhelming bi-partisan coalition that supposed SB 2804. 

For more information on Active Trans' legislative agenda go to www.activetrans.org.

Dead Man Driving

Men's Health ran a chilling anatomy of the forces at work during a car crash on the car...and on the person:

"There are three big impacts in any crash, says Stitzel. “The vehicle hits the other vehicle; the occupant loads the restraint system; and then the occupant’s internal organs load the inner chest wall or the inside of the skull.”

Read more, or not.

Active Trans Member Forum Tomorrow for the Executive Director Search

The Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a Member Forum so we can hear your thoughts about what you want your organization to achieve in the next two years.

As you may have heard, we’re searching for a new executive director to lead the organization.

Your input will allow us to set goals that will help determine the best candidate to fulfill our mission and continue growing our movement. Many of you have already provided valuable input through our recent member survey, but this forum will provide a unique opportunity for us to discuss the future of our organization in-person.

We will update you on the search process. Then we will listen to what you think should be the priorities and goals for our next leader. Afterward, please join us downstairs at Mother Hubbard’s Pub to mingle and chat.

When: April 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Active Trans 9 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 402
RSVP: Lee Crandell at lee@activetrans.org

Your input in this process is vital. As a member, your financial support keeps our doors open, but your passion and dedication fuels our movement. We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to.

Active Trans’ work is remarkable and its board is ready to support and grow the organization. It will undoubtedly attract the most qualified candidates for a director who can further Active Trans’ reputation as a first-rate advocate and expert.

Office closed today

Our office is closed today due to some plumbing problems here. Staff will be checking emails and voicemails, but please be patient with us! If you need to leave an urgent message for the office, please leave it at 312.427.3325 x 239, which will be checked periodically throughout the day.

Thanks!

Final vote expected this week on pedestrian safety

Your senator needs to hear that you support increasing pedestrian safety!

Illinois legislators are expected to vote this week on a measure that would protect pedestrians and make it safer for children, the elderly and the disabled to cross the street.

That vote will be extremely close, and we are asking you to call your senator right now to urge their support of HB 43

HB 43 would require drivers to come to a complete stop for all pedestrians in crosswalks. It clarifies current law, which requires drivers to only yield and stop when necessary. This measure will make the law clearer to drivers and easier for police to enforce.

More than 6,000 pedestrians are hit in Illinois each year. Those crashes result in more than 1,000 serious injuries and 170 fatalities a year.

More than a dozen other states have similar laws and those states now benefit from livable communities where it is safe and healthful to live, work and play.

Call your senator today!
Jackie Collins (Dist. 16)
District Office: (773) 224-2830
Springfield Office: (217) 782-1607

Maggie Crotty (Dist. 19)
District Office:(708) 687-9696
Springfield Office:(217) 782-9595

Gary Forby (Dist. 59)
District Office:(618) 439-2504
Springfield Office:(217) 782-5509

Linda Holmes (Dist. 42)
District Office:(815) 609-3711
Springfield Office:(217) 782-0422

Randy Hultgren (Dist. 48)
District Office:(630) 682-8100
Springfield Office:(217) 782-8022

Dan Kotowski (Dist. 33)
District Office:(847) 797-1192
Springfield Office:(217) 782-3875

John Millner (Dist. 1)
District Office:(630) 351-9340
Springfield Office:(217) 782-8192

Michael Noland (Dist. 22)
District Office:(847) 214-8864
Springfield Office:(217) 782-7746

Rev. James Meeks (Dist. 15)
District Office:(708) 862-1515
Springfield Office:(217) 782-8066

 

Major in Bike-ology at Moraine Valley

It won't help you transfer to Butler or Connecticut, but taking Moraine Valley Community College's slate of non-credit bicycle classes this Spring and Summer will build your confidence working on your bicycle, riding to school or work, and riding with your kids. Classes taught by your friendly neighborhood Active Trans and the Chicagoland Bicycle Education Collective. Click here for Spring and Summer 2010 non-credit class schedules, click on Alphabet listing, and look under "Fintess/Health/Sports." Next classes up:

• Bicycle Commuting, May 1, 9 AM to Noon [Class code FT4-635-270]
• Bicycle Maintenance, May 22, 9 AM to Noon [Class code FT4-605-270]
• Smart Traffic Cycling, June 5, 9 AM to Noon [Class code FT4-615-270]

Click here for a Google map to MVCC. Pace also runs routes to the school, including from Midway airport.

Sixty degrees & sunny for Folks on Spokes Easter Ride on Sunday

The Easter Ride has had a stormy relationship with April over its 28 years, and while the farm roads of Will County and NW Indiana are beautiful cycling under blue skies, no scenery can overcome sheets of chilling rain, 20 mph winds and a 25 degree wind chill. (Hello 2009! Or good riddance, rather.)

Forecast for the 2010 Easter Ride: Weather Underground reports sun and 60 degrees. Register here, pump up the tires and go bike with the Bunny. You'll be juiced to get on with your cycling season, including events like the MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive, or that one ride along the lakefront, or that big Chicago ride that's during the day, or that thing your brother-in-law was blabbing about being so cool.

Speed, get a ticket. Don't speed, get a Lotto ticket

 The Nudge blog hit upon a Volkswagen-sponsored contest to find ways to use fun to change behavior. The winning idea might point toward a solution for Illinois' red light camera whining: speed past a traffic camera, and you pay a fine which goes into a pot. Obey the speed limit, and the camera enters you into a lottery to win the pot. A message sign flashes the pot amount as you drive lawfully by.

The speed limit: Stay within it to win it.

Nominate your crossing guard!

May 4 is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day and we want to hear which crossing guards make the difference for you. Nominate one you know here and we will feature them in our newsletter! Plus, learn about ways you can celebrate your crossing guard on your own.

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