Lakefront Trail - construction/detour near Navy Pier

Attention Lakefront Trail users: there is construction going on near Navy Pier.

The word we got from the Park District is that CDOT is doing some repairs on the bridge.

"They will have a detour up tomorrow that bicyclists and pedestrians can use. They will be closing the east car lane to vehicular traffic, securing boards to the bridge for a smooth ped/bike lane."

We will keep you posted if we hear anything else. Travel safely!


Active Trans closing our office until Oct. 5

The Active Trans office will be closed until Oct. 5. Some staff will still be in the office so feel free to call and leave a message. 

See you in October.

Chicagoland cyclocross racing featured in the Red Eye

Today's issue of the Chicago Tribune's Red Eye features a cover story on cyclocross racing in Chicagoland. The article has some great photographs from last weekend's race in Jackson Park. Read it here!

Jackson Park a huge success - largest race in Chicago Cyclocross Cup History

Put it in the books: over 400 racers, a record for the Chicago Cyclocross Cup

The 2009 season was kicked off in pure Euro-style by XXX Racing - AthletiCo in Jackson Park on Sunday.  The team provided pan- and funnelcakes, bratwurst, and Italian sausage for all, and through the course of the day, raucous racers and fans lined the tape to heckle and cheer, bang on cowbells, and enjoy some frosty, cold (root) beers. 

The challenging and fun course was designed by XXX-er and category 2 cyclocrosser Greg Heck and received rave reviews by all who raced.  Below are links to several photo collections documenting the day's events, as well as great video.

Nikki Cyp

Luke Seemann

Gavin Gould

Mike Campbell

Be sure to check the events calendar or the main racing page for upcoming races.

Sauganash Trail Ride

Join Alderman Margaret Laurino and Mayor Daley's Bicycling Ambassadors on October 4 for a 3-mile ride along the Sauganash Trail and through the historic Sauganash neighborhood.  The ride begins at 10 a.m. at the southern entrance to the trail (Bryn Mawr Ave. and Kostner Ave).

Key stops along the way include:  Queen of All Saints Basilica, Treaty of Elm, War Memorial, Sauganash Park.

For questions visit


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Dress Up Your Wednesday

Tomorrow I'll be bicycling to work in my suit and tie.  I invite readers to join me in wearing their finery and dress up their Wednesday ride.  When you see someone else dressed up, give a wave or ring your bell.  I offer the attached photo for inspiration.

Patagonia Store matches your dollars

Active Trans has a new fan with some deep pockets, Patagonia, Inc. Members of the community (that’s you) are invited to stop by the Patagonia Store, 1800 N. Clybourn Avenue, to voice their support for one of three local environmental charity. While the competition is collegial, your vote means the difference between first prize $2,500 and third prize $1,000. Get yourself down to Patagonia before October 24, and helps us make sure our 2010 Active Trans campaigns get off to the best start.

Lakefront Trail Activities September 18-20

Activities that may affect you use of the Lakefront Trail September 18-20

Friday, September 18

No activities reported

Saturday, September 19

UNCF Walk/Run/Bike/Skate-A-Thon, Burnham Park, 8:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Walk for Lupus Now, Grant Park, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Jones Family Walk 'N Roll for PMD, Jackson Park-63rd Street, 6:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Urban Beach Adventure Race-Beachathlon ™, North Ave. to Ohio St., 8:00a.m.-Noon

Ted Hedstrand/Mather HS Invitational, Lincoln Park-Grove 16, 6:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

Sunday, September 20

Bears v. Steelers, Soldier Field, Kick off is 3:15p.m.

FXW Bike N Hike, Burnham Park, 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

CARA Ready to Run Chicago 20 Miler, Foster to South Shore Cultural Center, 5:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Jackson Park Cyclocross Bicycle Race, Jackson Park, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.


Governor Announces Transportation Enhancements Projects

Today Gov. Pat Quinn announced $20 million in grants for 27 communities through the Transportation Enhancements program.

We are very excited with the geographic diversity of the projects and the new opportunities for walking and biking. Active Trans supported succesful applications in DuPage County for a bike/ped path and in Lake County for the Deerfield Road Bike Path.

Thank you to all the Active Trans members who made calls in support of our projects.

You can find the full press release and list of projects here.

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