Memorial ride for Liza Whitacre

Our best thoughts are with Liza's family and friends as they gather this weekend to celebrate her life.

A memorial bike ride is planned for Sunday evening starting at Metropolis Coffee in Edgewater where she worked while attending Loyola. It will start at 7pm at 1039 W. Granville...full details are on the Chainlink here.


Lakefront Trail Activities October 23-25

Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail October 23-25

Friday, October 23

No permitted events listed

Saturday, October 24

Go Go Green 5K Run/Walk, Lincoln Park-Diversey Harbor, 8:30a.m.-Noon

Sunday, October 25

Trick or Treat Trot, Lincoln Park-Grove 16, 8:30a.m.-Noon


Big news for the Member Meeting!

Big news for the Member Meeting Nov. 9!

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will be at the annual Member Meeting as we induct him and other key Campaign Managers into our Hall of Fame.

Your RSVP gets you a dinner ticket, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Come by any time after 5:45. The formal program begins at 6 p.m.

Don't miss our keynote address by Harry Wray, DePaul professor and author of Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Politics.

This is a members-only event! You are welcome to join here or at the door for $30!

Nice dirt jump park, thanks Chicago Park District

Good news for local BMXers and mountain bikers from this week's Time Out Chicago. Way to go, Chicago Park District!



3 killed on the road yesterday

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?

Bike Town Bash

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 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.

New Livable Communities Task Force

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!


National Teen Driver Safety Week

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?

New Belgium Brewery approves $3k grant to Active Trans!

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 we're pretty sure they are our kind of people.


Remembering Maya

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.


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