Oak Lawn Bicycle Plan - Village Council Discussion & Vote


 Oak Lawn will vote to adopt or reject the Oak Lawn Bicycle Plan on January 26.

From that day on, Oak Lawn streets will either begin to make its streets safer and more fun to ride on and across...or it won’t.

The recommendations in the Oak Lawn Bicycle Plan will guide the village toward bicycle friendly improvements the village can do quickly, like adding parking racks; within a few years such as creating a link to the Calumet-Sag Trail; and over the long-term, like taking on dangerous roads such as 95th St. and Southwest Hwy. The plan will help the village win the grant funding that will pay up to 80% or more of the cost of those improvements.

Adopting the plan sets Oak Lawn’s course toward sustainability and a higher quality of life. Rejecting the plan...doesn’t.

Filling the room with residents and cyclists who dream of and need a bicycle friendly community will tell the board to take leadership on making this plan a reality.

We need you in that room. Please attend the January 26 Village Board Meeting, 7:30 PM at the municipal center, Raymond and 95th St., just west of the library. Please consider riding to the meeting. Steve Buchtel, the consultant who worked with the village and residents to develop the plan, welcomes any of your questions beforehand. Reach him here: steve@activetrans.org, or 708/365-9365.

Redrawing the American (suburban) city

Redrawing the American (suburban) city

Five or six of the region's top city planners now work for towns in the Chicago Southland; traditionally, the Southland has been like the La Brea Tar Pits for municipal planners (who, admittedly, a

Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail Holiday Social


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When: December 15, 2009; 7 PM - 9 PM

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center Club House, about 1 mile west of Harlem on Rte. 83 (get map)

'Twas a year worth celebrating: the Friends raised $30,000 for the Calumet-Sag Trail in 2009, which will be matched by federal grants 5-1 — meaning $150,000 for planning and designing the Calumet-Sag Trail.

At the holiday social, the Calumet-Sag Trail's planners and engineers, from Town Builders Studios, Terry Guen & Associates, and URS, will take us on a tour of trail status, where the trail is going, visions for the trail, and the current timeline to ribbon cutting. We'll drink, and eat, and celebrate a long year past that was full of good work, and look forward to opportunities for the Friends in 2010.

Write to friends@calsagtrail.org for more information, or go to our website: http://calsagtrail.org.

Active Trans throws a spoke wrench into your Southland holiday plans

Active Trans throws a spoke wrench into your Southland holiday plans

I’m an experienced, self-taught home bike mechanic, and have the deep knuckle scars and boxes of stripped & gouged bike parts and tools to prove it.

Move to a town with trails

Move to a town with trails

 As a bicycle advocate in the Chicago Southland (my livelihood), my phone rings lots of times to introduce me to someone who moved into a community for very good reasons (usually), but now som

Southland Bike Map Meeting at Flossmoor Brewery


What: Help Active Trans update the Southland portion of the Chicagoland Bicycle Map
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 17
Where: Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor
Questions? Contact Steve Buchtel at steve@activetrans.org or 708.365.9365

Oak Lawn Bicycle Plan Public Review


 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Village Hall Auditorium, 9446 S.Raymond Ave

Oak Lawn, IL

Review with Active Trans the draft recommendations for creating a bike-friendly Oak Lawn. Questions: contact Southland Coordinator Steve Buchtel.

Resolution at the side of the road with the hood up

Resolution at the side of the road with the hood up

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4th Annual Palos Heights Bike & Dine


Come join us as we bike around our neighborhood! We will start out in the parking lot of Lake Katherine. From
there we will head to four local restaurants stopping for different delicious courses along 12 beautiful miles of residential streets and forest preserve paths.

Age: 18 years & older
Time: 3-6:30pm
Cost: Resident: $30/Non-resident $33
Min/Max participants: 12/20
Register by: October 10, 2009

Register at Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights. For more information, e-mail recdept@palosheights.org or call 708-351-1807.

You're one step away from reforming your own health care

You're one step away from reforming your own health care

Are Active Trans Footprints coaches included in ideas for health care reform? No.

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