West Suburban Bike and Dine

The July 18 West Suburban Bike and Dine was a huge success. Riders enjoyed gorgeous scenery, consumed way too much mouth-watering food, and showed the world (or at least the West Suburbs) how easy and fun it is to get around by bike.

Check out this story on the fantastic ride!

If you're beating yourself up about missing this, no worries, we have two more rides to go, on August 8 and September 26. Check out www.activetrans.org/bikeanddine to sign up.

Hope you can make it!

'Bolts thump Bums, only 1 1/2 games behind the Rascals

 Thumping the Beach Bums moves the 'Bolts within a game and a half of the rascally first place Rascals:


Bats crackin', bikes clickin', bells ringin', clean air breathin' on July 23. RSVP for Bike to the 'Bolts by 5 PM, July 21 to footprints@activetrans.org or 312/427-3325x266. 

Windy City Thunderbolts

Research focuses on women's transportation choices

Active Trans is helping get the word out about a focus group for research on non-motorized transportation.  If you're a woman and you're into getting around under your own steam, I encourage you to participate in this project. 

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Dear Women Bicyclists and Physical Activity Enthusiasts:

I am inviting you to participate in a research project focus group to study issues related to women’s use of non-motorized transportation such as bicycling and walking, as well as, applicable technologies to increase or encourage non-motorized transportation usage. The research is part of a larger doctoral project funded in part through the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB).

The focus group will take place at:

Mercury Cafe
1505 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
August 11, 2009
6pm - 8pm

The results of this focus group will be used to evaluate possible design, planning and technology solutions that may increase the number of women bicyclists and their frequency of physical activity. Through your participation I hope to gain a better understanding of women’s attitudes and travel behaviors while bicycling and walking along with possible influences that crime and other external circumstances may have and any value that technological advances may add to the non-motorized transportation experience.

If you are willing to participate in the focus group, please contact me at svaugh3@uic.edu or by phone at 773-704-7162. Copies of the transcript will be provided to you for your review and approval, after which time the tape recording will be erased. There are no personal risks involved, that I know of, if you so choose to participate in this focus group. Your responses will remain confidential and will not be accessible to anyone outside of the research group.

While your participation is strictly voluntary, I do hope that you will be able to participate in the focus group. Regardless of whether or not you choose to participate in the study, if you would like a summary of my findings please let me know. To request a summary, you may email me at svaugh3@uic.edu.

Also, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this focus group please feel free to contact me via email or telephone.

Thank you,

Stephen T. Vaughn


Illinois Capital Bill

On Monday, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a $31 billion capital bill. Funded through a variety of taxes and new legalized gambling, the bill is the first comprehensive construction bill in a decade.

The bill includes more than $14 billion for roadwork and bridge repair. There is an additional $7 billion for non-road transportation projects, $1.5 billion for higher education facilities and $3.6 billion for K-12 educational facilities.

The new funding for school construction represents an opportunity to build schools that are accessible to bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders. Active Transportation Alliance also is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure new road construction incorporates Complete Streets principles and policies.


Lakefront Trail Activities July 17-19

Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail for this weekend:

Friday, July 17

IIDA/ASID/AIA Kickball Tournament, Grant Park-Lower Hutchinson, Noon-8pm

Saturday, July 18

Zion CDC Bike/Walkathon, Grant Park-Lower Hutchinson, 8am-Noon

Swim Across America, Lincoln Park-Ohio Street Beach, 7am-Noon

19th Annual Chicago Pro Am, Lincoln Park-North Avenue Beach, 7am-7pm

Women's Health "Are You Game?", Lincoln Park-North Avenue Beach, 10am-7pm

Sunday, July 19

Fleet Feet Sports Women's 5k, 10k, Festival, Lincoln Park-Foster to Addison, 7-10am

Veggie Bike & Dine: 5 spots left!

This is your last chance to register for Veggie Bike & Dine on August 15! Veggie Bike & Dine celebrates sustainable living, bicycling, and the wonder of new neighborhods. You'll be delighted by new community gardens through our partnership with NeighborSpace Chicago, and Charlie Trotter's To Go tops the list of chic eats for the special day. From Howard Area Community Garden to the Old Town Triangle, this is a lively urban ride for those who love great food, camaraderie with like-minded friends, and historic architecture highlights. Enjoy! $50 for members at www.activetrans.org/veggierides !

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Bike to the 'Bolts update - How to get the bell, the free ride, the bike lights

New developments for July 23's Bike to the 'Bolts - car-free baseball, baby! - in south suburban Oak Forest [Click for calendar listing]:

1. The game is ours - ActiveTrans's Footprints has signed on as the small business sponsor of this showdown between the 1st place O'Fallon, MO Rascals and our beloved 'Bolts, back-to-back Frontier League champs.

2. You can go for free - Be one of the first 10 riders to join or renew your ActiveTrans membership at the Premium level or higher and receive $5 off your membership, a tech-fabric shirt, plus you Bike to the 'Bolts for FREE. Bring a check or cash to the ride, or pre-pay on-line: http://activetrans.org/membership and use coupon code TGSAVE5.)

3. Awwww - You can borrow the cutest little lights you ever did see for the return ride after the game, Planet Bikes' Spoks, courtesy of Footprints sponsor Planet Bike and south suburban bike shops. Only to borrow - you give them back after the ride. We have 25 head/tail light sets, first come first served [got lights? Bring your own!]

4. Ring our bells - wear a bicycle jersey or bike-themed hat or shirt and receive a free bicycle bell! Ring your bell when game announcers give us a shout out! Ring your bell everytime the ‘Bolts score! Ring your bell to get the beer vendor’s attention!

Remember: RSVP strictly required by July 21, 5 p.m. to footprints@activetrans.org, or 312/427-3325x266, or RSVP on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/bikebolts.

Waiting on the platform? Find out when your train is coming!

It’s the same internal debate every time I wait for transit: When is the train/bus coming? Is it faster to wait or walk?

Making a decision may be easier now that Clever Commute has come to Chicago. As the Chicago Tribune reports, Clever Commute lets people sign up to receive e-mails or texts from other transit riders on the status of their train or bus.

It looks like parts of the website are still in progress for bus routes, but it does have options for the El and Metra. You can also check out the CTA Tattler blog, run by local transit advocates.


Biking to the 'Bolts a huge success!

Don't miss this opportunity for a car-free night of bicycling to baseball. Cheer on the hometeam, and reduce your carbon footprint. I calculate an air pollution savings of 15.65 pounds for this 2.5 mile round trip sans-car for every cyclist who would have driven alone this distance. That's quite a savings!

From our Footprints Coach Mike Erickson

Hello Cyclists in Blog-land!
Footprints (you may have heard of us) and the Active Transportation Alliance (you know them) are hosting a family-style bicycle ride to a family-style event, small town baseball...and you're invited! The ride leaves from and returns to Food4Less, 5556 159th St., in Oak Forest at 6pm., July 23, 2009. RSVP by July 21 at 5 pm. to footprints@activetrans.org, or 312/427-3325ext.266. Bring $6 for a ticket to the ride start; the baseball game's first pitch is at 7:05 pm.

The Windy City ThunderBolts, located in Crestwood at the Standard Bank Stadium, are the only Minor League Independent Professional baseball team in the Southland, and they are playing the River City Rascals of O'Fallon, Missouri. The ThunderBolts are 2007, and 2008, back to back Frontier League Champions, and the Rascals are leading the league this year, trying to rascal the crown away from the 'Bolts.

Family or no, your family to us (cyclist travel in packs), and we are going the cycle for the 'Bolts. We will lead a 2.5-mile bike ride along the pleasant back streets of Oak Forest and Midlothian to the stadium in Crestwood. We will provide free and secure valet bike parking. You must bring the helmet, the bike, the front white light and rear reflector, $6 bucks to get into the ballpark (1/3rd off), and maybe a few singles for $1 hotdogs, chips, popcorn, and drinks.

Don't miss this opportunity for a car-free night of bicycling to baseball. Cheer on the hometeam, and reduce your carbon footprint. I calculate an air pollution savings of 15.65 pounds for this 2.5 mile round trip sans-car for every cyclist who would have driven alone this distance. That's quite a savings!

Thanks for blogging.
Coach Mike
Footprints / Active Trans

Goroo.com is fine, but it ain't going to ride the bus with you

Paul Eisenburg in the SouthtownStar points out a nice feature of Footprints, the south suburban program to help people travel smarter: someone will actually talk with you. And ride bike - or the bus, or the train - with you. And prod you a little to make smart travel choices, because they're coaches after all and we all need a little prodding. Whatever it takes - Footprints coaches are committed to helping you reduce your carbon footprint and still get around.

Here's Paul's article.

And here's where you sign up to contact a Footprints coach

And if you're on Facebook...

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