Criminal trial of driver who killed local cyclist is Thursday, March 4, 2010

The information for the criminal trial of the driver that struck and killed Mandy Annis is as follows:

Thursday, March 4, 2010*
Daly Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 405, Chicago IL
*There is a chance it will extend into March 5, 2010

This trial is open to the public and high attendance is expected.

Active Transportation Alliance will be present at the trial to support the friends and family of Mandy Annis.

Signatures needed for 18th and Halsted improvements

Active Transportation Alliance Help make 18th and Halsted safer for pedestrians. Add your signautre to this petition so Ald. Solis, Chicago Dept. of Trans. (CDOT) and Office of Emergency
Management and Communications (OEMC) press forward on improving the intersection.

Add your signature here.

Oak Forest Fleadh: St. Patty's Parade, Open Streets, 5k, adult tricycle relay race and party time/excellent - Saturday, March 13

Get ready to jog, bike and partay…

The Active Trans Planning Team has been working on a non-motorized transportation plan in Oak Forest and we have grown mildly obsessed with that city. On Saturday, March 13, Oak Forest is having a super fun event and we'd love it if you joined us in the celebration. Oak Forest is taking the opportunity celebrate St. Patty's Day in the absence of the usual South Side Parade. This all-day/night event includes a 5k race, a morning of Open Streets, a St. Patrick's parade, an adult tricycle relay race and an Irish Soda Bread contest and lots of specials at bars and restaurants.

The Metra runs from the LaSalle Street station straight to Oak Forest! We will have an Active Trans booth so stop by and say hi!

Lots more info below and here:

Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day!!
Katie Tully



What is the Oak Forest Fleadh?

The Oak Forest Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the
City of Oak Forest, will host the 1st Annual Oak Forest Fleadh
(pronounced “flah”) on Saturday, March 13, 2010 on Cicero Avenue between 151st Street and 159th Street. The Fleadh – Gaelic for “festival” – will include a 5K race, open bike ride, family parade, customer appreciation celebrations, and the 2nd annual pub and restaurant open house.

Customer Appreciation Parties - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hosted by local businesses, you’ll enjoy free parking, refreshments and entertainment while watching the open bike ride and parade.

Fleadh 5K Run - 9 a.m.
Midlothian Meadows
Sponsor: National City
Register Below

On Cicero Avenue from 151st Street to 159th Street...

Open Bike Ride - 9 a.m.
Sponsor: Active Transportation Alliance

Family Parade - 11 a.m.
Parade Honoree: Chicago Gaelic Park

Pub & Restaurant Open House 5 p.m. - 3 a.m.
A free shuttle will take you to local pubs and restaurants offering food and drink specials and free entertainment.

The shuttle will stop at the Best Western Oak Forest Hotel, which is offering a special rate of $69.99 + tax.

Free parking is available in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue. Access to the lot is from Oak Avenue. The free shuttle bus will be making stops at the Metra train station. Gaelic Park will also be offering free shuttle service from their parking lot to Cicero Avenue.

Street closures and traffic control
Cicero Avenue, from 151st Street to 159th Street, will be closed on Saturday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The city's Emergency Management Agency has a plan in place to redirect non-local traffic and allow local traffic to get through the adjacent neighborhoods.

Please drink responsibly
The Oak Forest Fleadh is a family-friendly event. Alcohol is only permitted inside designated areas such as beer tents, beer gardens, pubs, and restaurants. The city's public intoxication and open containers ordinances (135.00) will be strictly enforced.

For further information and to register your group for the parade visit

There's something for everyone at the Fleadh (flah)!

Your Advocate in Springfield

Have you checked out our newly updated legislative page? Here you can learn about current efforts to make crossings safer for pedestrians, increase funding for Safe Routes to School and protect red light cameras. 

We welcome your comments on our legislative agenda. Please email us at


Lakefront Trail Conditions March 1

The Oak Street Bend to Ohio Street section of the Lakefront Trail has seen some attention recently. A plow has been run through this section and although it has not scraped the snow and ice completely away, it won't take much warm weather to have bare pavement in this section of the Trail. I was able to ride this section of the Trail this Monday morning with a front cross tire and a rear road tire on my cross bike but I did have to ride over some snow and ice.

The section of the paved Trail just south of Fullerton has also been plowed and is now rideable. The south-bound lane has bare pavement while sections of the north-bound side still has some snow and ice.

Hear that screeching noise?

That's the sound of the entire federal transportation program coming to a complete standstill, thanks to the political posturing of one lame-duck senator. Please note this post does not represent any endorsement of one particular party over another.

Yes, last Thursday Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) decided to hold up not only the Highway Trust Fund extension (the transportation bill that funds nearly all federal roadway projects - it expired in 2009, but Congress hasn't gotten around to reauthorizing it yet), but federal unemployment benefits, too. In the middle of a recession. Seriously.

The fallout, according to the U.S. DOT:

  • 2,000 DOT employees furloughed;
  • all transportation projects on federal lands halted, due to the recall of federal inspectors;
  • federal drunk driving programs suspended;
  • stoppage of hundreds of millions in reimbursements to states for transportation projects;
  • COBRA and unemployment insurance benefits suspended for 400,000 people

Satisfaction from political payback to a party that wouldn't back your re-election bid: temporary and fleeting.

Cost to the country for holding hostage much needed aide and employment during a financial crisis: priceless.


Your Input Needed – Take Our Survey for a Chance at a $100 Prize!

If you’re reading this, then we want your feedback! Active Trans is doing a survey to learn how to better serve our community of bikers, pedestrians and transit riders. This is our primary way to keep our fingers on the pulse of our movement, so we hope you can find 10-15 minutes to click through our questions for us. Plus, not only is your input a great way to strengthen our work, but you’ll also be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $100 REI gift certificate! Be sure to fill it out soon for your chance to win – the survey closes March 21.

Take the 2010 Active Trans Survey

Candidates Sought for Active Transportation Alliance Volunteer Ambassador Corps

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for individuals to serve as members of our new Volunteer Ambassadors Corps. We are currently seeking individuals from the North, West and South suburban communities as well as within the city of Chicago. This is an exciting opportunities to participate in our work at a whole new level and is exclusively available to Active Trans. Members. Volunteer will be trained to assist our education and membership efforts through three main activities:

1. Conducting “Learn to Ride” events within your community, during which Volunteer Ambassadors will use a simple and proven method to teach children shed their training wheels (or better yet forego them altogether) and master riding two wheels. That’s right, you will literally be teaching children how to ride a bike!!
2. Serving as support staff for “bicycle rodeos”, or bicycle skills courses wherein children ages 7-10 will have the opportunity to practice important bike riding skills such as proper helmet use, signaling, and basic bike handling skills.
3. Tabling at your community events to better inform your neighbors about how to safely engage in active transportation and to provide information about us, our work and how they can become a member.

Volunteer Ambassadors will be required to attend a daylong training session in May to be held either May 8 or the 16. Volunteer Ambassadors will be expected to work with other ambassadors and members of your surrounding communities to host and conduct at least one “Learn to Ride” event within in your region (North, West, South or City) per month during the summer months with which we will provide assistance in organization and publicity. All volunteer Ambassadors must be Active Transportation Alliance members. If interested please send your questions to our Education Specialist Jason Jenkins at

Riverwoods votes 'yes' to explore new bike path

The Village of Riverwoods approved a Phase 1 Engineering Study of a new bike path along Deerfield Road in southern Lake County. The east-west path would exist on the southern portion of Deerfield Road between Thornmeadow Road and Saunders Road, connecting to Buffalo Grove and the Des Plaines River Trail on the west, and to bikeways along Deerfield Road to the east. Congratulations to the residents who led and supported the effort to get this project underway and the Riverwoods Board! To view a conceptual rendering of the proposed path, go here.

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