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Complete our streets!

The Tribune talks to the League of Illinois Bicyclists and Active Trans on where the state stands on implementing its Complete Streets policy. You may remember that Cook County just announced its own Complete Streets policy last week.

Kevin Krizek Lecture at Northwestern Transportation Center

Last week, Lina Hoffman and I went to the Transportation Center at Northwestern University for a talk by Kevin J. Krizek titled "Wrestling with How to Measure Bicycling's Benefits."

Professor Krizer directs the Active Communities / Transportation (ACT) Research Group at The University of Colorado - Boulder and is very knowledgable about research about bicycling on both the national and international level.

This past May Bikes Belong convened a "Bicycling Research Symposium" that Professor Krizer participated in. If you check out the Bikes Belong site, you can read more about this event. To me, the "State of the Research Survey" (bottom of that page) is a very useful document and I encourage people to check it out.

Professor Krizer also discussed various surveys he has produced, many of which are on his web site

Ideally I would be able to represent the entire lecture in this blog but his findings were somewhat complex and I think hard to represent without making an error. So, I encourage you to check out his blog if you are interested in what sort of research is being done and by who!

Member Meeting is a month away

Mark your calendars!

Monday, Nov.9, is the Active Transportation Alliance’s Annual Member Meeting. This year, Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago will play host to Active Trans. Highlights of this year's program include a Science Fair of program achievements, keynote address by Prof. Harry Wray, and small group activities on developing campaigns that require your wit and sweat to succeed. I hope you'll come to the meeting and speak your mind.

When: 6pm – 8pm, Monday, November 9
Where: 8th Floor, 1104 S. Wabash St, Chicago
Next steps: RSVP at

Lakefront Trail Activities October 9-12

Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail October 9-12

Friday, October 9

No permitted events scheduled

Saturday, October 10

Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Lincoln Park-Grove 2, 9:00am-1:00p.m.

Roman's Run, Lincoln Park-Grove 3, 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

De La Salle Cross Counrty Invitational, Burnham Park-39th St. to 35th St.-east of Trail, 8:30a.m.-Noon

Train-N-Them, North Avenue on the Trail, 8:00a.m-10:00a.m.

Sunday, October 11

Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Grant Park, 6:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Partnership Walk USA, Lincoln Park-Grove 16, 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day)

Columbus Day Parade, Grant Park, Start time is 12:30p.m.

Thanks for the Western Express Bus

On Wednesday, some co-workers and I traveled to a meeting at Paul Revere Intermediate School in Blue Island to hear the big announcement of Cook County adopting of Complete Street Policy. Exciting news!

We had to be there by 7:30am. We all took different modes of transportation. One took the Metra, the other was dropped off by a car and I took two buses: Western Express and 49A South. I expected to be the last one to arrive because I took two buses. I coudln't believe I was the first person to make it at the school!

I highly recommend Western Express bus for early morning commutes!! To read more about the annoucement please click here.

Bike Messenger Appreciation Day is Friday

10-9 is the radio code for "what? please repeat your transmission" and every Oct. 9 (10/9) is Bike Messenger Appreciation Day.

If you see a bike messenger tomorrow, let 'em know you appreciate their work!

Thanks sincerely to all Chicago bike messengers from all of us at Active Trans.

PS: Active Trans and Goose Island are hosting a special appreciation celebration tonight for any bike messengers with valid company beer, pizza and messenger-only drink specials!

The full details are here.

A Note From Up North

Yesterday, Active Trans staff members helped McCall Elementary School in Waukegan put on a memorable International Walk and Roll to School Day. The highlight of the day was a performance by Jan's Clan a puppet show all about pedestrian safety. It was an amazing experience to witness the excitement of the 400+ students at this school-wide assembly. Funding for the day's events came from the Walk and Roll to School Day Mini Grant program administered by Active Trans. We will continue to work with McCall Elementary throughout the year through our Safe Routes to School and Walk Across Illinois programs. 

City Council Approves Anti-Idiling Law

On Wednesday Oct. 7, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that would ban most diesel vehicles from idiling for more than three minutes. Violators could receive $250 fines. This ordinance, supported by Active Trans and many environmental groups, will improve the air quality and safety on our city streets. 

Complete Streets of Cook County Announced

Today was an historic day for our region.  Cook County Board President Todd Stroger announced a new County Complete Streets executive order and the creation of Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force.  Cook County, the second largest county in the country, now has one of the most comprehensive policies.  More to come later, but here is the policy:

Cook County Complete Streets Policy

Cook County continues its pursuit of a more appropriately balanced and better-aligned transportation system, which would include options and amenities for both our motorized and non-motorized modes of conveyances. This is an effort to promote a more active and healthier living environment, as well as raising the levels of consciousness of all those individuals, organizations, municipalities and institutions wishing to partner with us. Our approach enhances and compliments the character of the community.

By undertaking formal initiatives and planning a comprehensive, integrated and connected transportation network, Cook County, along with its partners, will structure policies and/or principles throughout all phases of project planning and development.

Decisions regarding the public right-of-way shall promote use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit. Cook County will incorporate this principle into our planning and design strategies.

Transit priority improvements shall be encouraged to expedite the movement of public transit vehicles. The County shall advocate for innovative solutions to meet public transportation needs wherever possible.

Complete streets can be achieved through single projects or incrementally through a series of smaller improvements or maintenance activities over time.

The President of the Cook County Board shall appoint a Cook County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Taskforce to advise the County Board and appropriate departments on:
· Implementation of the Complete Streets Policy
· Priorities for bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs
· Measures to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety

In this manner, Cook County can effectively coordinate and facilitate the planning, design, and construction of thoroughfares to accommodate many modes of transportation, thus providing mobility for a multitude of users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users of all ages and abilities traversing within the public right-of-way.

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