Announcing our two co-winners of the official Active Transportation Alliance Beverage: The Transportoddy and the Transportini. Members Andrew Lurie and Lee Crandell submitted fantastic entries. Recipes are below for your pleasure:
local apple cider
local maple syrup
cinnamon & mulling spices
dark & organic white rums
:fine cold, better hot.
The Transportini is not just a drink -- it's a contemplation of responsible production and transportation and therefore must be tailored to each city for local drinkers.
To make the Chicago Transportini, begin with 3 oz. of Wild Blossom Prairie Passion Mead.
This ingredient is believed to be older than the wheel. Wild Blossom's mead is made on the South Side from honey collected by local bees who forage on the Chicago lakefront and surrounding prairies, meaning it requires a minimum amount of energy to transport it from the producer to your belly. Mix with the mead 1 oz. of St. Germain liqueur, made from elderflowers gathered by French farmers using specially equipped bicycles. Add to that just a few drops of Sirène Absinthe, produced by the North Shore Distillery in nearby Lake Bluff, Ill. Shake or stir and serve on the rocks for stationary enjoyment or in a flask for easy transport. Garnish with an olive if you like to balance your sweet with a little salty. If you must travel after drinking, please walk or take public transit.
This past weekend kicked off with a big dumping of snow. The streets were not very clear on Saturday morning, so I decided to walk instead of bike to meet my friend at a local coffee shop. I passed through Palmer Park and watched a group of people lining up in the snow. I couldn't figure out what they were doing until someone said, "Ready? Set. Go!" and pairs of people sprinted off with their legs tied to each other. It was a three-legged race! People were out on an overcast, dreary winter day to have a three-legged race in the park. I love walking in my neighborhood (and walking, generally) because it's a great way to check out things that are happening. My neighborhood, Logan Square, is going through a lot of changes right now. So much so that everytime I go for a walk I see something new or different. Going for walks is a great way to check on the health of your neighborhood and be aware of things happening there. If you haven't taken a stroll around the block or walked to the train in a while, I highly recommend it. You may be surprised at what you'll see happening just down the street.
Here's a short video of the race in Palmer Park:
Starting January 26 the Chicago Transit Authority will add eleven new routes to the current bus tracking system that they unveiled in 2008. The bus tracking system allows riders to check the real-time locations of buses. The new routes include:
For currently available bus tracking routes and for more information, please visit: http://www.ctabustracker.com/bustime/home.jsp
By giving your valuable skills and time, you make Chicagoland's biking, walking and transit environment thrive. You and your fellow 1,000 active volunteers have contributed a phenomenal 10,000 hours in 2008. Let us thank you in style with food, drinks and awards at the Volunteer Appreciation Party.
When: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14
Where: Marcello’s, 645 North Ave., in Chicago.
RSVP by tomorrow at www.activetrans.org/volunteer/rsvp.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or 312.427.3325 x297
As has been submitted in the comments of last Monday's post, the Trail from Ardmore to Fullerton is in pretty good shape this Monday morning having been plowed and salted. The paved section of the trail just south of Fullerton is closed and the dirt trail to the west is not in great condition. The lake side tire track seemed in the best shape (as opposed to the LSD side tire track) and was certainly rideable.
The Trail south of Fullerton to Oak Street had a bit more snow cover but still was in pretty good shape. I did not try to ride or even walk the Oak Street Bend this morning as I had my BOB trailer with me and the snow was pretty deep due to plowing pile up just as you enter the bend.
The Oak Street underpass was not very clear. I will try to get the Park District to clear this as soon as possible.
A bike guide will be included in the new AT&T Real Yellow Pages for Madison/Dane County. The guide will be distributed to 650,000 homes and businesses. Check out the guide at http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/documents/GOGOlogos.pdf.
Wouldn't it be nice if a similar guide was included in the next edition of Chicago's Yellow Pages. Do you know anyone at Illinois AT&T that could help make this happen? Do you have any suggestions how to make this happen?
Please email any leads to Ben Gomberg with the Chicago Dept. of Tranportation's Bike Program at:
Chicago lost funding for bud rapid transit.
"Amid a business revolt and a sour economy, the Daley administration has missed a key deadline on a huge federal transportation grant, a lapse that could cost the city $153 million in anti-congestion funds."
A swing and a miss.
This is pretty dissapointing especially considering the dangerous congestion and carbon dioxide levels in the city.
John Kennedy used a literary device—chiasmus—when he said, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Chiasmus switches around the subject and object of a phrase. This particular chiasmus comes to mind because of recent conversations that I had with an Active Transportation Alliance member who is upset about what she sees shirking its responsibility for bike lanes free of double parked vehicles—especially those on Canal Street by the Metra Stations. She wanted someone to be accountable for those bike lanes, and she spoke to me.
Membership dues make us accountable for realizing our mission. At the same time, Active Trans does not write parking tickets. We don’t operate a car towing fleet. Like individual members looking to solve a problem, Active Trans holds accountable those people in power. I advised the woman to call 311 to document the problem and then to write the responsible alderman to reinforce her complaint. When the member did write the alderman, she effectively set in motion a chain of events to address the issue. The Alderman took action and wrote a letter to the police commander respectfully requesting more enforcement. He also invited her to a forum where she would have the ear of the police. We’re glad to provide you—our members—with the toolkit to critically look at transportation problems.
Bicycle advocates like you and I benefit largely from the sincerity of our desires and from our passion. One of our proven strategies is to make friends with decision makers. Get on the horn with us about the problems you’re encountering, we’ll provide you with the tools to shine light on them.