Now that spring has sprung the city of Chicago will likely start filling potholes soon. Just a reminder that you should report any major potholes that you encounter while cycling by dialing 311.
They will ask you for the exact address, the size and shape of the pothole, and whether it is in a "travel lane" (say yes).
MAN, is my Irish up! Just in time too - OPEN STREETS OAK FOREST tomorrow (get the flyer), 9 am - 10:30 am, kicking off the Oak Forest Fleadh festival. Active Trans tent will be up at Waverly & Cicero, just north of the train viaduct - a bunch of area clubs will be with us to do sign ups for their rides and new members. THE DEAL: sign up on the spot as a new member of ActiveTrans OR for any of the clubs or their rides, and I'll give you a ride on Cicero on my FreeLoader. (If you're over 200 lbs, you're riding me or someone else smaller than 200 lbs.) YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN GET TO FEEL THAT COOL. Contact me with questions or to practice your Irish brogue.
DePaul University is hosting a competition for new business ventures. One student has concepted a bike-related business that promotes a healthier and "greener" lifestyle and they are seeking feedback from bicyclists about it's feasibilty. If you are into bikes and interested in helping out, there is a brief survey you can take.
This weekend's springlike weather drew nearly 60 sun-craving cyclists to the xXx Racing - AthletiCo Saturday ride. It's an incredible number for early March, especially considering much of the team's core is at training camp in San Luis Obispo until next weekend.
Just a share under half were new or non-team members, and a sizable percentage of them had never been on the ride before, let alone raced a bike. Nerves, shyness, and self-doubt were overcome by curiousity, competitiveness and a sense of adventure; the result was a rewarding experience that's hopefully ignited a fire that should last until the conclusion of the Chicago Cross Cup at Montrose Harbor in early December.
Getting past the nerves and reservations is the biggest step towards fulfulling your dream of finally racing a bike. Once that registration is completed online or mailed, the goal you've set for yourself is almost self-fulfilling. Now is the time to get out on your bike and ride hard in the warming temperatures, honing your skills in one of the dozens of group rides in the Chicago area. To rest and recover and replace all those calories you're burning. To meet new friends and cycling ethusiats. And, of course, to pick your first race.
Below are several excellent choices for someone new to bike racing to take that first step. These races are local, with beginner-friendly courses - such as wide turns and smooth pavement - and may have beginners-only fields. Online registration is or will be available for all of these races. Category 5 (beginner) fields tend to close faster than most as competitive-cycling's popularity grows. Don't let that discourage you - there is almost always day-of registration and very rarely does the entire pre-reg'd field show to a race.
New to racing?
Be sure to take advantage of the many online resources at your disposal:
Take your place at the line this year and open up a whole new world in cycling. Good luck and go fast!
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.
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.
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: http://www.oak-forest.org/community/OakForestFleadh.asp
Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day!!
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.
Sponsor: National City
Register Below www.signmeup.com/68268
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)!