The newsletter of the Active Transportation Alliance

Volume 2, Issue 2 - March 2009


Quick releases

New faces. Same places.

Active Trans is always growing. We are welcoming a few new staff members to our brood.
Mitch Brinker — Graphic Designer. Mitch previously worked at VSA Partners, the design firm that guided us through our recent name change.
Jason Jenkins — Education Specialist. Jason is already out in a community near you teaching children and adults how to be safe bicyclists and pedestrians. You may have spotted him last season as one of Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassadors.
Adolfo Hernandez — Director of Advocacy. Previously our community liaison and Sunday Parkways orchestrator, Adolfo has taken on a new role to build support around our legislative advocacy work.
Jeffrey Rhodes — Safety and Education Program Coordinator. You can find Jeffrey at the Chicago Department of Transportation coordinating Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassador program. Jeffrey also worked to educate Chicagoans as one of Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassadors.
Lina Hoffman — North Suburban Coordinator. Lina lives in Skokie, Ill., and comes to Active Trans with a combination of experience in government and non-government settings. She is excited to mobilize the North Suburbs to bring more biking, walking and transit to their communities.

Dress your bike up in your love
Hear what it’s really like to race in the Tour de France. Meet Robbie Ventura, Tour de France veteran, at an Active Trans member-only event in Highland Park this spring. Robbie will be chatting and sharing his behind-the-scenes racing stories with you at his Trek Store at 1925 Skokie Valley in Highland Park. Only members get in for free! Not a member? Sign up at the door and enjoy! Enjoy some light drinks and snacks, but don’t forget to peruse the goods — members get discounts on all
merchandise at the event. Watch for more details from us soon!

Rubbing elbows with the big wheels
The League of American Bicyclists elected Active Trans Executive Director Rob Sadowsky to its board of directors. Rob will serve on the board for three years.The League of American Bicyclists has been our ally, most recently going to bat for us on the federal stimulus bill and the bicycle commuter tax benefit. Find out more about the organization at

Gaining momentum
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Scratch that…   
In the last issue of ModeShift, we incorrectly reported that The Chainlink has been in operation since June 2007. It started in June 2008 and now has more than 1,000 members.

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