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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.

Get dirty this summer

A guest post by Chicago-area dirtbagging advocates, The Bonebell:

Mountain bike racing in Chicago?  Of course!  If you live in the Chicago metro area and would like to give racing on dirt trails a try (yes, including hills!), look no further than your own backyard.  In fact there’s scores of riders doing just that, who'd love to show you the where, how, what and when (we all know why)!

There are some mighty fine trails to be tasted anywhere from 10 to 90 miles from downtown Chicago. Of course, you'll miss the 40-minute climbs up switchbacks cutting into oxygen-depleted air, leading to shear cliffs overlooking majestic mesas filled with suguaro cacti to the horizon, but you will be amazed at how close these sweet these trail systems and race series are to a day's drive.

Here’s a few resources that will have your chain smoking and knobbies shredding in no time!

The (aforementioned) Bonebell - the four that make up this group will bend over backwards to get you riding/racing on the dirt. Give them a holler anytime via the website

CAMBR - Chicago Area Mountain BikeRsThis mountain biking club is the backbone of lobbying for and maintaining the most delicious trails in the area. They also put on a top-notch local race, the infamous Palos Meltdown.

WORS - Wisconsin Off Road Series; the nation’s largest attended mountain bike race series. Top notch.

WEMBS - These guys want you to go long. Endurance cross country. 3-, 6-, and 12-hour race options.

Chicago Cross Cup

- don't let the end of summer spoil your fun...fall means cyclocross!  Check back with these guys early and often.

 

 

Rogers Park residents get biking, walking and transit improvements

Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th ward went out on a limb this year and asked his constituents how they would spend the $1.3 million ward infrastructure budget for community improvements. This democratic and community involved process is called participatory budgeting.

There were committees for Streets, Traffic Safety, Parks & Environment, Transportation, Art & Other Projects, and Public Safety. At a series of public meetings, projects were presented to these committees and potentially adopted for the ballot.

Residents were able to vote at the ward office all week and on Saturday at the Chicago Math & Science Academy where each project had a poster with all the relevant information and committee members to answer questions. Residents could vote for eight projects and the projects with the most votes adding up to $1.3 million would get funded.

In the end, it looks like 14 projects will be funded (see photo)!

Active Trans has been communicating with our members in the Ward about this opportunity and many of the selected projects will benefit biking, walking and transit (sidewalk repairs, bike lanes, murals under CTA and Metra underpasses, benches and shelters on CTA 'L platforms, artistic bike racks, street resurfacing, traffic signals, etc.).

I live in Rogers Park and was very impressed with the entire process. My wife and I really felt like we had input, understood what the options were and how the process worked. We truly had the opportunity to shape how the budget was spent and all of the funded projects will help improve the livability and safety of our neighborhood.

Thank you, Alderman Moore for being the first leader in the United States to try this...from one of you constituents, please know that it was worth it.

 

49th Ward Residents Have Opportunity Tomorrow to Vote for Better Biking, Walking and Transit!

The 49th Ward is ripe with opportunities to make your neighborhood better for biking, walking and transit.

Ald. Joe Moore is using a participatory budgeting process to decide how to allocate $1.2 million in aldermanic menu money this year. This money can be spent on infrastructure improvements such as bike lanes, sidewalks, train station shelter and street safety improvements.

That means that 49th Ward residents will have a say in which projects get funding. If you live in the ward, you can speak up on behalf of cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders to make your neighborhood a better place to live, work and play.

The Voting Assembly is Saturday, April 10.

Learn more about the projects on the ballot and the voting process at http://participatorybudgeting49.wordpress.com/

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