Yesterday was a horrific day for Chicago pedestrians and cyclists.
A pregnant woman and her baby were killed on the West Side when a driver blew through a red light and hit them and three other people.
A 23-year-old woman riding her bike on the North Side was killed when she "fell under a truck," when then ran her over.
What is going on?
Mix and mingle with the best looking crowd this side of Dusseldorf! It's time for Bike Town Bash 2009, the annual fundraising party for the Active Transportation Alliance. This year's event will be held Saturday, Dec.5 from 6pm-11pm at the Dank Haus in Chicago. The Dank Haus is conveniently located at 4740 N. Western Ave. at the intersection of Lawrence and Western Ave. with easy access from the Brown Line.
The event promises food, fun, awesome auction prizes and polka rock entertainment from the Polkaholics! Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. First 100 people to purchase tickets at http://www.activetrans.org/bash will be entered to win a Patagonia messenger bag. Come out and support the Active Transportation Alliance so we can continue to improve biking, walking and transit throughout Chicagoland.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently announced the creation of a new Livable Communities Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Blumenauer is one of the most bike-friendly members of Congress. This new initiative will help Congress identify ways in which the federal government can be a better partner in enhancing quality of life.
Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) is a charter member of the Task Force. Her membership in the Task Force demonstrates a commitment to helping her sprawling district maintain its livability in the midst of fast growth.
Active Trans is working with communities throughout this region to create places where people have access to safe, healthy active transportation options. We are Chicagoland's voice for better biking, walking and transit.
Make it better, no matter how you get around. Join Active Trans today!
This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week named so by the US Department of Transportation. It is part of the new effort nationally to combat distracted driving. Read more about this effort and similar efforts at Secretary Ray LaHood's blog. I'm growing impressed with how the Secretary is moving forward. I may be meeting with him in person in his office next week. What would you have me say?
Good news! The New Belgium Brewing Company approved a $3,000 grant to support the work of Active Trans today! We appreciate their support. The New Belgium Brewing Company donates $1 from every barrel of beer into their corporate foundation fund- and we're pleased that they're supporting Chicagoland's biking/walking/transit powerhouse with the money.
The beer company was conceived on a bicycle trip through Belgium...so we're pretty sure they are our kind of people.
I thought this was a very powerful, well written story about the real feelings that police officers have, as well as the reality Maya's death was entirely preventable.
For so many of us, when we are behind the wheels of an automobile we forget the damage that can be done if we don't pay attention, if we are inebriated, or if we are simply in too much of a hurry.
Approximately 42,000 people are killed annually in the United States in some sort of transportation-related crash. Think of all the lives that are changed by this collective catastrophe. We can do better.