Welcome to ActiveTrans!

 Welcome to the Active Transportation Alliance! As we announced last night at the Member Meeting, we are excited to announce that we as the Chicagoland BIcycle expanded our mission to include pedestrian and transit advocacy.  To reflect this change, we are now the Active Transportation Alliance. We are so excited about this change and the journey it will take our members, staff and board. The Active Transportation Alliance picks up where the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation left off. We still strive to reach our two primary goals — reduce crashes by 50 percent and reach a point where half of all trips are made by walking, biking and transit. As we explore new opportunities, one thing will not change — we will always be membership-based and member-driven. Members are our core and we rely on them to help us make Chicagoland a better region.  Well? What do you think? How does this change help your community?  Not a member? Become one today!  

Winter biking tips?

It's official — layers, gloves, hats and scarves. Winter biking is upon us. We are set to see an unprecedented number of people on their bike this year.  Can you offer them any tips? Post yours here or send them to margo@activetrans.org and we will post them. 

Help name the blog!

Your creativity is requested!

What do you think our blog should be called?

We are stumped to come up with a new name for bike>>blog. We know that we want the name to allude to community — open space, marketplace, town square reclaiming public space… you get the idea.

Send your ideas to Margo O'hara at margo@activetrans.org by Dec. 1, 2008.

Our blog is a place to find current information and share ideas with other advocates. We diligently update it, so check back often or sign up for the RSS feed! 

Oak Park approves bike plan!

Thanks to member support, the Oak Park Village Board last night unanimously approved its first bike plan, which includes a detailed bike network and innovative safety and education programming. This 10-year plan will work to make your Oak Park a world-class bicycling community. The Village hired the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation to develop the plan. Thanks in large part to residents’ input, the plan will make your community a more bikeable and livable place. Congratulations! To read the accepted plan, visit www.biketraffic.org/oakpark.

Messenger Appreciation Day tomorrow!

Being a bike messenger is a tough job. Our hats are off to the 300+ women and men in Chicago who make crucial deliveries every day by bicycle. This Thursday, Oct. 9, is Bike Messenger Appreciation Day and there are two cool events for messengers.

Why appreciate messengers on Oct. 9? Well, 10-9 is the radio code for “please repeat” and that’s why Oct. 9 is always Bike Messenger Appreciation Day.

Morning: free breakfast at the Thompson Center from 8-9 a.m. courtesy of Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago.

Evening: after work happy hour at Mother Hubbard’s (State/Hubbard) where the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will offer the first 150 messengers a free beer by showing their company ID.

So, if you know any messengers, please let them know about the free events and that you appreciate their work!

Ethan Spotts
(formerly known as “31”)

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