Do you know of a road or intersection that is impossible to cross?
We want to see it!
Document it through video and post it on YouTube. Then let us know. We will select a video at the end of February that best shows the need for a law requiring drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
The winning person will receive a one-year premium Active Transportation Alliance Membership and T-shirt.
Your video should:
If you are interested in participating in this content, please email your contact info to email@example.com or call 312.427.3325 x229.
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Well, we at Active Trans are recommending a couple of cool bike calendars that may fit your needs.
Thought You Knew Us is in their second year producing classy and cool bicycling pin-up calendars (women and men versions available) that benefit the Chicago Women's Health Center. The editions this year are exceptional and Active Trans is honored to be included as a supporter. Congrats to Alexis F., one of our members, on her efforts putting these together.
And, another member, Elizabeth A, is offering a "Chicago Bikes" calendar with cool photos that she took herself. Proceeds from this calendar will benefit the Chicago Ride of Silence that Elizabeth organizes each May.
So, grab a calendar, hit all your deadlines and meetings, and know you'll be supporting some worthy causes.
I’m an experienced, self-taught home bike mechanic, and have the deep knuckle scars and boxes of stripped & gouged bike parts and tools to prove it. During this season of peace and goodwill, Active Trans is revealing another path to you: Worth Cycles-N-Sports, tucked up against the Tri-State at 6559 W. 111th St. in Worth, Ill., is offering both bike repair classes and gift certificates for classes at a 10% holiday discount for Active Trans members who purchase before December 23. Instructor Jim Saplis has been teaching basic bike repair, less-basic bike repair, and full bike rebuild classes for a decade or more, a couple years now in the Southland, and somehow he and I never met. (Maybe he doesn't drink beer - that might explain it.)
Classes are scheduled as they fill up, which Jim says has been about every two weeks. About the class, Jim also says:
Classes consist of no more than four people and one or two instructors for all classes. You will work on your own bike. It's very hands on and all appropriate questions are addressed and answered. You will be grouped with people of similar skill level.
There are three current class levels being offered:
1. Beginner (approximately 4 hours)
2. Intermediate (approximately 5 hours)
3. Over haul (2 sessions of approximately 5 hours)
Included in the class is a Park Tool School manual (which can be picked up ahead of time to study up and prepare questions), all necessary tools and lube, bike stands and a completion certificate.
Bike mechanics classes are a great resource for the Southland. Contact Jim at (708)361-0440 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Know of other Southland bike mechanics classes? Send them in, I’ll put them up.
Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail November 26-December 6
Thursday, November 26
Turkey Trot 8k, Lincoln Park-Diversey Harbor, 8:30a.m.-Noon
Friday, November 27-Friday, December 4
No permitted activities reported
Saturday, December 5
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Grant Park, 7:30a.m.-1:00p.m.
Santa Shuffle 5k, Lincoln Park-Grove 3, 8:30a.m.-11:00a.m.
Sunday, December 6
Illinois State Cyclecross Championships, Montrose Harbor-Cricket Hill, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Bears vs. Rams, Soldier Field, Noon kick off
Congratulations to the 2009 Hall of Fame inductees! This year we honor those Campaign Managers who have taken remarkable strides in making Chicagoland a better and safer place to walk, bike and use transit.
The Active Trans Hall of Fame is reserved for those members who have moved our mission forward through their hard work, dedication and passion for better biking, walking and transit.
Bob Hoel is the Elmhurst Bicycle Club’s director of advocacy. Bob led the way to found the Elmhurst Bicycle Task Force. His leadership allowed the cycling community to connect with local leaders to discuss ideas, concerns and suggestions to make Elmhurst more bikeable. Bob has worked diligently to promote safe and healthy streets and helped develop a shared-road pilot project for the community. He has also provided Elmhurst residents a resource with bike-related news and updates.
Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, the ciclostar, chairs the Open Streets Stakeholders Committee. She has brought communities together over the last four years to bring a ciclovia event to Chicago. We saw the fruits of this labor this year and last year as tens of thousands of neighbors took to the streets to play, dance, bike, walk and be physically active in their neighborhood. Lucy continues to join residents with community leaders and city officials to see this mission through. She sits on the Active Trans board and is the health organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
Mayor Richard M. Daley is the 2009 Ultimate Campaign Manager. Under his leadership, Chicago has thrived as a biking and walking city. The city recently adopted a Complete Streets policy, which will guide road projects to accommodate all road users. The Department of Transportation also follows the impressive Bike 2015 Plan, which includes bike parking, signage, safety and encouragement goals. Mayor Daley continues to recommit to making Chicago a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city through efforts the Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassadors and Safe Routes Ambassadors, the 2007 Bike Safety Ordinance, Bike to Work Day Rally and through the recent Pedestrian Safety Campaign.
On behalf of everyone biking, walking and using transit..thank you!
By Sojung Choi
Dropping temperatures are giving some bike shops a reason to celebrate. Here are some cool things that local bike shops are doing this winter:
The Turin Bicycle Shop in Evanston is putting on their annual food drive and encouraging their customers to give what they can. Amling’s Cycle bike shop is getting into the spirit of giving with these two fun events: Amling's Cycle Holiday Toy Ride Trivia Challenge and the Annual Holiday Toy Ride where riders donate toys at the end of the ride.
Are your local bike shops doing anything like this? Please let us know and keep supporting your local bike shops during the winter months!
Today, the Chicago Sun Times reported in this story that one-half of all 18-34 year olds admit to text messaging while driving. Recent research at Virginia Tech University showed that text messaging while driving can increase the risk of a crash 23 times.
Last spring, Active Trans championed a bill to ban Illinois drivers from text messaging while driving. Last summer, the Chicago Transit Authority adopted a zero-tolerance policy for its employees caught text messaging. Meanwhile, the Drive With Care campaign is helping teenagers motivate their peers to adopt safer driving practices.
Do your part by signing the Drive With Care pledge.
By Sojung Choi
Last Friday (the 13th) held out good luck for everyone that attended our free Complete Streets Workshop.
We invited leaders throughout Chicagoland to guide their conversations around what complete streets could mean for their own communities. Members from the Chicago Police Department and representatives from more than ten community development corporations (roughly 50 participants) throughout Chicagoland all attended.
Complete Streets in Chicago is part of a growing national movement that is stirred by the idea that streets should be designed with all of its potential users in mind. Our workshop geared participants towards envisioning what it would take for their street planning to prioritize the safety and accessibility of all of its users.
Guests included organizers from LISC's New Communities Program, CLOCC's vanguard communities, CDOT, the Chicago Park District, and various other community based institutions. LISC’s NCP, The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) gave presentations touching on various topics to inform and provoke discussion about the challenges and opportunities to creating Complete Streets.
Janece Simmons from The West Humboldt Park Development Council commented on the importance of equipping people with the tools they need, “The Complete Streets Summit was informative and thought provoking. The West Humboldt Park community worked on a plan with CDOT several years ago to design the Streetscape for Chicago Avenue between Kedzie and Pulaski. Unfortunately, no one on our team had the tools that we now possess as a result of this conference; our design would have gone beyond beautification if we had. Every community should be abound with these visionary tools so that planning and design is more complete and encompassing of all types of traffic (car, pedestrian, biking) needs.”
Some pictures of the day’s highlights:
Check out some more pictures from the workshop on our Facebook page:
The Workshop was sponsored by Active Trans, CDOT, CLOCC's Healthy Communities Working Group, LISC and Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities.
As a bicycle advocate in the Chicago Southland (my livelihood), my phone rings lots of times to introduce me to someone who moved into a community for very good reasons (usually), but now something’s changed — maybe they’re frustrated with traffic issues, or they wish their kids could get to school on their own, or their health has changed and they’ve got (literally) marching orders from their doctor — and now they’ve realized that without a car, they’re trapped. Think 1948 Berlin and you don’t have an airplane: Without a car, lots of suburbanites in 2009 aren’t getting beyond that blockade of big arterial streets. And they’re calling me for help. (Does that make me Truman?)(No, it doesn’t.)
I’m thinking though that bike and walk friendliness, including trail access, is moving up the agenda of individuals and families leaving the city for the suburban lifestyle - in other words, the suburban lifestyle is beginning to include easy, car-free access to trails. This is fantastic news, as the Southland is well positioned to capitalize on the growing desire to live near trails; with the completion of the Calumet-Sag Trail, we’ll have more communities within a 15-minute bike time of a trail than any region in Illinois. Prospective residents will have a smorgasbord of communities to choose from without having to sacrifice the opportunity to lead an active lifestyle. Busting open trail access to so many towns in the Southland will reverberate across the Triple Bottom Line, bringing benefits beyond improved physical health for everyone.
And now the wellness benefits of trail access are well documented: get yourself excited over this article about a Drexel University study on the influence of trail access on community wellness.