Rep. Wayne Krieger from Oregon thinks so.
“This is an opportunity for the bicyclists to start contributing to our roads… everybody needs to contribute to what’s there… if there were not bicycles we wouldn’t need bicycle lanes.”
I'm guessing there will be some strong opinions to the contrary here. Let's hear them!
Thought riding in Chicagoland could be rough, try riding around here:
You can make a difference in the way that people perceive biking, walking, and transit by becoming a trained Streetside Outreach volunteer. Active Trans' needs as many trained members as possible to show up at commmunity events, bike events, and other streetside venues where we can spread the word about our movement for safe, convenient, and fun travel. Come to a Streetside Outreach training session to refresh your air pumping, chain lubing and helmet fitting skills, polish your talking points on Active Transportation Alliance membership, and to learn how to positively engage other cyclists hungry for a better riding environment.
We need more volunteers than ever to pull off this year's more than 30 outreach events during Bike to Work Week, June 15 through 19.
Join us at Active Trans Headquarters, 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402, Chicago, for an hour long training and opportunities to sign up for upcoming outreach opportunities at any of the following sessions:
Thursday, May 7, 7pm*
Friday, May 8, 12pm
Tuesday, May 26, 7pm*
Thursday, June 4, 7pm*
Saturday, June 6, 12pm
*Follows immediately after Bike Commuter Challenge Team Leader meet-up.
For more information or to reserve your place at a session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 427-3325 ext. 294.
As an occasional transit rider and a full-time transit geek, I can't believe I missed the news about new routes being added to the Chicago Transit Authority's bus tracking system, particularly the one that passes by my front door. According to this article, several new routes were added March 2.
This morning as I was organizing the last of my belongings I saw my regular bus drive by. I logged onto the CTA's bus tracking website and was able to see that the next but was 10 minutes away. I was able to time my departure perfectly with the arrival of the bus.
The bus-tracking website can be found here: http://www.ctabustracker.com/bustime/home.jsp
If your cell phone has internet capacity you may be able to view the bus tracker that way too. You can also create a bus-tracking widget for your mac too!
The Chicago Transit Authority announced today that they are buying 58 new hybrid buses using funds from the federal economic recovery bill. The new buses are expected to be in service this fall. The CTA is also planning to use stimulus funds to eliminate more slow zone areas that currently account for around 10% of total rail track.
These two actions fulfill Active Trans' transit goals for the federal economic stimulus bill. We asked that new buses be environmentally-friendly and that the CTA work to eliminate slow zones before pursuing any new construction. Thank you CTA!
We also heard today that two communities in the Northwest Suburbs are using stimulus funds to fix bicycle and pedestrian access to local schools. This advances the Safe Routes to School movement and creates more opportunities for active transportation.
For more information on Active Trans' legislative agenda visit www.activetrans.org/legislation.
The underpass at Solidarity Drive should be completed in the next two weeks. Unfortunately, the contstruction at the Shedd Aquarium is using the Trail to stage equipment and that project will not be completed for a couple more weeks after that. We are working to get the Trail re-opened in this area as soon as possible and will keep you updated through this blog as we learn more.
The Lakefront Trail patch and repair project for 2009 is currently out to bid. The large sections of missing pavement between North Avenue and Oak Street are the highest priority in this project. Paving should begin the end of April or beginning of May. Many other smaller projects are also included in this contract.
If you're like me (which I'm sure you are), you see room for improvement in our streets. Now is your chance to weigh in on the streets of... (wait for it)... the future!
GOOD Magazine and Livablestreets.com are teaming up in a contest that allows you to submit your proposals for a redesign of your least favorite intersection.
What intersections would you redraw? Let us know if you enter a Chicago area intersection in the contest.