Are you a vehicular cyclist or a facilitator?

A new post on Slate asks whether bicyclists should obey stop signs & other traffic controls. What's your take?



Lakefront Trail Detour 10/19

Tree cutting and removal has necessitated a temporary detour on the Lakefront Trail west of the North Avenue Beach Parking lot this Monday, 10/19 morning. Trail users can either use the trail/sidewalk to the east of the parking lot or take a brief detour through the parking lot.

Home values and proximity to Metra stops

An analysis reports on the relationship between home values and their proximity to Metra stations...even as other communities face foreclosures.

Lakefront Trail Activities for October 16-18

Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail October 16-18

Friday, October 16

Fall Field Day, Grant Park, Noon-5p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Liver Life Walk, Lincoln Park-Grove 13, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Fleet Feet Sports Pumpkins in the Park, Lincoln Park-Grove 2, 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, Lincoln Park-Grove 16, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Men's Health Urbanathlon, DuSable Harbor-Grant Park and 31st Street Beach, 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

CPS Cross Counrty HS City Championship, Promontory Point, 7:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Palestine Freedom Walk, Diversey Harbor, Noon-4:00p.m.

Sunday, October 18

Making strides against breast cancer, Foster soccer fields, 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Chicago Walk 4 Hearing, Diversey Harbor, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Speak Your Mind

Active Transportation Alliance is your voice for better biking, walking and transit. Now is your chance to speak your mind. 

We are finalizing our 2010 legislative agenda. What irks you? How can we make the roads safer for all road users? What would encourage you to use more active transportation? How can we achieve our goals to reduce all crashes by 50% and increase mode share of active transportation to 50%? The answers to these questions can all form the basis for new legislation.  

Please post your thoughts as comments to this blog posting. We can't promise we will adopt all of your ideas, but we will listen to everyone. 

Once finalized, the 2010 legislative agenda will be posted at

Walking leaders unite!

New York City hosted Walk21 last week, a conference of pedestrian advocates and urban planning leaders, to share ideas and motivate each other to create more walkable cities.. Chicago representative headed that way, including Active Trans Director of Advocacy Adolfo Hernandez. Watch for a report on the conference in our next issue of ModeShift, coming out in a few weeks.

Watch the video here!

Fatal hit-and-run in Pilsen

Police are looking for the driver who hit and killed Martha Gonzalez yesterday in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Tell your legislators to support HB43, which would require drivers to STOP for all pedestrians. If the streets are safe for walking, they aren't safe enough.

Find out more about HB 43 here. If you have any information on the car that killed Martha, please contact the Chicago Police Department.

David Byrne talks bikes

Talking Heads' frontman David Byrne loves his bike. Inspiring words for any city:

"...because you're gliding on wheels it feels kind of dreamy and a sense you are floating through the landscape.

Resolution at the side of the road with the hood up

Got this message from friend Bob Lukens, president of Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail, this morning:

I missed the Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail meeting last night because I was at 147th Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway with my piece of cr*p, 133,000-plus miles car, which would not start after adding overpriced gasoline from a multi-national corporation. After waiting more than an hour for a tow, it is in the process of being repaired, which I’m sure will cost well into the hundreds. (Just got the call; it’s about $400)

I am not writing this to ask for sympathy, I simply write this to illustrate a point.

If anything, I learned the lesson that the Calumet-Sag Trail is more important than ever, to solve transportation dilemmas for people across the Southland and around the metro area. Believe me, if I could, I would walk, bike, bus or take the train to work every single day. The Calumet-Sag Trail will help people do this every day. And this experience has finally made me resolve to get off my butt and do more walking, riding and taking public transportation.

The Happy Trails Jamboree was a complete success, and I’d like to thank each and every Friend, partner and donor for their hard work in getting this Trail built. And it will be built.

In closing, have a great day! I know I will. The sun is shining, and I’m going for a walk at lunch.

Opportunity for writing cyclists...or cycling writers

Aimed at recreational cyclists, “Where to Ride Chicago” will contain 40-50 rides, 3-50 miles long (off-road cycling paths and on-road bicycle lanes). Some rides may be for kids or recreational mountain bikers.

Each description will feature maps generated by riding with a Magellan GPS unit (supplied, along with instructions/support).

You’ll need a good knowledge of cycling around Chicagoland and to be part of a network of cyclists who can give you feedback. Must have writing and photography experience. Although there’s plenty of scope for individual expression, you’ll need to work to a pre-determined format.

You’ll be paid an advance and then a royalty for each book sold.

If interested, see “Employment Opportunities” at and email Joanne Anstee at

Bicycling Australia is a leading publisher of cycling magazines/books. Founders Phil and Catie Latz will visit Chicago Dec. 8-10 to interview potential authors.

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