New CDOT Commissioner commits to a bike-friendly Chicago

Bobby Ware, the newly appointed CDOT Commissioner has committed himself to making Chicago more bicycle-friendly. This is fantastic news. From the Sun Times:

"He’s promising to increase the number of bike lanes in Chicago. But, he was non-committal on the demand by the Active Transportation Alliance for a physical barrier between cars and bike lanes instead of just painted lines.

“I’d like to look at that with the engineers and look at some of the history of some of the other urban areas before I’d make an intelligent comment as to how we’d like to approach that,” he said."

Support Active Trans by Shopping at Green Grocer Chicago this Month!

The Active Transportation Alliance is the featured charity of the month at Green Grocer Chicago this month! Green Grocer Chicago (1402 W. Grand Ave. Chicago) is generously donating 1% of their June profits to support our work. The neighborhood market features organic and locally produced foods, wine and beer, as well as some unique specialty items. They work closely with Midwestern farmers and producers to provide customers the freshest food available while supporting the local economy and reducing carbon emissions related to transporting food.

Public Meetings for North Grant Park’s Future – June 9, 10

The Chicago Park District will host citywide public meetings regarding the future of North Grant Park on June 9 and 10. The North Grant Park Project addresses a 25-acre area in the northeast corner of Grant Park that will be renovated due to a parking garage construction project under the park. Active Trans members can speak up at the meetings in favor of improved bicycle and pedestrian connections to the lakefront through the park. Learn more about the meetings and project here.

Bike racks on parade!

Chicago is working on getting some decorative bike racks..coming to a sidewalk near you!

Lakefront Trail activities June 4-6, 2010

Permitted activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail June 4-6, 2010

Friday, June 4

CMRC Chicago Open, Lincoln Park-Belmont Harbor, 8am-6pm

Saturday, June 5

Spirit Challenge to End Violence, Burnham-Grove 2, 9am-2pm

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Lakefront from Ardmore to Grant Park, 6am-2pm

Annual Prince Hall Shriner Diabetes Walk, Jackson Park-Grove 19a, 9am-Noon

Girls on the Run, Lincoln Park-Grove 16, 6:30am-Noon

Walk to Defeat ALS, Lincoln Park-Grove 2, 6am-1pm

North Avenue Beach Ball, North Ave. Beach, 9am-8pm

Sunday, June 6

United Run for the Zoo, Lincoln Park-Grant Statue, 6am-Noon

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Lakefront from Ardmore to Oak Street, 7:30am-1pm

Lurie Cancer Survivors' Celebration & Walk, Grant Park-Upper Hutchinson, 8am-6pm


Help Create Wheaton's Bike Plan

Active Trans has been contracted by the City of Wheaton to develop a bike plan, which is expected to be completed during fall 2010. We're excited to begin the process of creating the plan. But firsst we need to hear from the experts: Wheaton residents. We want to hear what you think would make your community more bicycle-friendly. Attend a public meeting June 9 to tell us where you are already biking and where you wish you could bike.

Active Trans and city officials are particularly interested in learning about common roads used for cycling in the city and potential bicycling programs that the city could establish.

When: 7 p.m. June 9, 2010
Where: Wheaton City Hall, 303 West Wesley Street, Wheaton.
Questions? Contact Pamela Brookstein at 312.427.3325 x 242

All Wheaton residents are invited to attend. This is your chance to help shape Wheaton's first bike plan.

Bike to Work Week Teams – You’ve Been Officially Challenged!

No time is better than now to sign up for Bike to Work Week!

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. is heating up the competition by challenging other participating companies to a bike-off during Bike to Work Week June 12-18!

The challenge would be over total miles traveled for each team during Bike to Work Week. So if your team is interested, make sure you keep track of each participant’s commute, including distance for each day.

The winner gets special trophy from Christopher Burke Engineering and bragging rights for the year!

And if you have any response to this challenge, or want to spice things up even more, e-mail me at

Active Trans pedals smoothies and welcomes new members at Bike the Drive tent

To all the new members who signed up at our tent at the MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive – thank you for you support and welcome to Active Trans!

With the help of 16 volunteers, we gave away 400 blueberry smoothie samples from the pedal-powered blender and we brought in 57 memberships. The smoothies were a fun way to engage the public in a conversation about healthy, human-powered transportation choices while inviting people to support our mission. As part of the member drive, a local foundation was matching contributions at the tent. We were able to leverage that match to raise a total of over $3,500 in four hours! This is a great boost to our advocacy and program work, which improves conditions for bicycling, walking and transit in our region.

We are grateful to Whole Foods and Treasure Island for generous donations of food and to Uptown Bikes for the blender bike.

An Open Invite To The President to Bike The Drive

We really hope the First Family decides to join us tomorrow! We're ready and hope you are too.

Special Donation Match: Join Active Trans at Bike the Drive to Double Your Impact!

If you’ve been thinking about joining Active Trans, then Bike the Drive this Sunday is the place to sign up. We just received some exciting news that a local foundation will be matching membership contributions at our Active Trans tent! Give your contribution a major boost and double your impact by joining at the Bike the Drive post-ride festival on Sunday. Here’s how it’ll work:

All Premium memberships will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Any amount above and beyond $25 will be double matched.
Any amount above and beyond $100 will be triple matched.

So turn your $25 contribution into $50
Turn $50 into $125
Turn $75 into $200
Turn $100 into $275
Turn $150 into $475
Turn $200 into $675!

We're also giving away free bike bells and the brand-new 5th edition of the Chicagoland Bike Map to new members.

And to top it off, we’ll be giving away free smoothie samples made with love in a pedal-powered blender! Thanks to generous support from Whole Foods, Treasure Island and Uptown Bikes, we have 40 lbs. of blueberries to pedal into smoothies while sharing about our work promoting healthy, human-powered transportation choices. Stop by our tent to enjoy the delicious spectacle and to give your membership a boost!

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