Active Transportation Alliance News and Events


Bike Rodeo Train the Trainers – Apr. 18

This is a free training to ensure that children have the training they need to ride safely.  Apr. 18 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Eisenhower Center, 2550 178th St., Lansing, Ill.  Learn how to set up a rodeo, who to invite, how to fit a helmet and bicycle, quick bicycle fixes, resources to hold your own rodeo, rules of the road, and bicycle safety. You will need a bicycle, helmet, and willingness to ride. A limited number of bicycles and helmets will be available. To attend this training, contact Leslie Phemister at 708.922.4673 or leslie@activetrans.org

Bank of America Bike the Drive registration open!

Sign up by Apr. 4 and save $2 on any registration package. See the city’s famous lakefront and architecture; relive legendary memories at the site of the 1893 World’s Fair or the site of Barack Obama’s history-making election speech; breeze through lush parks; and come together with family and friends – all while biking on eight lanes and 15 miles of a tranquil Lake Shore Drive. Support our work and save on more bicycling with the Gold Package. Register today at www.bikethedrive.org/gold.

Gaining momentum

Active Trans is proud to be part of Momentum Magazine's Advocacy Partnership Program. Subscribe to Momentum Magazine, the urban bike culture rag for self-propelled people, and help support our work. It’s a great deal for everyone. You buy a discounted subscription for just $15 and Momentum donates $5 to our work improving walking, biking and transit in Chicagoland.  Visit www.activetrans.org/momentum to sign up now.

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Legislative News


The Active Transportation Alliance’s 2009 legislative agenda is now available online.  Visit our legislation page to find out how to support legislation for bikers, pedestrians and transit users.

Want to get involved? Sign-up for our legislative action alerts or contact Dan Persky at dan@activetrans.org to volunteer in your community. To learn which district/ward you live in and who your elected officials are, click here.

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Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities


Community Liaison

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Advocacy, the Community Liaison is a full-time position responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with ethnically diverse Chicagoland communities and developing support for Active Transportation Alliance programs in those areas.   There is a primary focus on communities that have significant or majority Latino/Hispanic demographics. This position is also responsible for coordinating the community organization campaign to win Sunday Parkways in Chicago.  Read the full job description and how to apply online.

Bank of America Bike the Drive volunteers

From fueling participants at rest stops to managing intersections, helping at a packet pick-up and more, a range of opportunities awaits you. See which position is right for you and sign up today at www.bikethedrive.org/volunteer. Remember – you can earn a complimentary event registration by volunteering six or more hours before the event. All day-of-event volunteers get a free breakfast and event T-shirts. Plus, learn how groups of 10 or more can qualify for a $200 donation!

Volunteer nights: First and third Mondays

The Active Transportation Alliance seeks regular assistance in the evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of every month at 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402, Chicago. Projects vary and may include stuffing envelopes, data entry and targeted phone calls. Snacks will be served. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other bicycling advocates in a social environment. All volunteers are welcome regardless of membership status. RSVP to membership@activetrans.org or 312.427.3325 x294. Upcoming volunteer nights: Mar. 16, Apr. 6, Apr. 20.

Salesforce.com consultant volunteer

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for a volunteer with expertise in the salesforce.com platform. We need assistance implementing our organizational processes in salesforce and migrating our data from an existing database. Work on your own schedule and at your own terms – we're open to any level of assistance, from advice and tips to full-on implementation. If you're interested, please contact Chris Ege, technology manager, at chris@activetrans.org.

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Blog


Meeting with members

Wednesday night we hosted a great meeting with more than 30 of our members. It was exciting to get together to talk about the work of Active Transportation Alliance and listen to our members' ideas and questions.  Board and staff at the meeting truly enjoyed the time with our members.

We learned that we need to continue improving and streamlining our communication. Members also let us know they truly care about improving safety and expanding opportunities for biking and walking. We were excited to discuss our recently expanded mission and the opportunities it brings us all.

Read the full posting and all our blogs.

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Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates


Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council Public Meeting – Mar. 18

Get the latest bicycling-related news and updates on Chicago’s Bike 2015 plan at the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting 3:00 - 4:45 p.m. Mar. 18 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 1103. Questions? Contact Ben Gomberg at bgomberg@cityofchicago.org or 312.744.8093.

More details on the Bicycle Commuter Benefit

Bicycle commuters have been waiting for guidelines on implementing the Bicycle Commuter Benefit.  Here’s the official word:  Employers can provide up to $20 per month to encourage bike commuting, making the incentive itself no longer taxable. Expenses can include a commuter bike, upgrades, repairs and bike parking.  You can’t use the $230 transit benefit (up from $115 thanks to the recently passed stimulus package) or the $220 parking benefit in months when you use the $20 bike benefit.  Get more details on our blog.

Volunteers and bicyclists wanted for AFSP Overnight Walk

The Overnight Walk, presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is an inspirational, emotional journey that gives hope, illumination, clarity and courage to those effected by suicide.  This 16-mile, dusk-till-dawn walk through Chicago will shed light on the concerns of depression, mood disorders and suicide prevention, while trying to erase the stigma that those terms currently hold.  It is scheduled for June 27-28.  We need volunteers in many areas, including bicyclists for our Trail Sweep Crew.  This team patrols the route to promote safety and security.  Medical Crew encouraged, too.  For more information, contact Ellen Myer at ellen.myer@theovernight.org.

New Share the Trails Brochures and Posters Available

“Share the Trails: A Guide to Trail Etiquette” brochures and posters are available with tips on sharing the trail to enhance the trail experience for all users and minimize conflicts. The project was coordinated by the League of Illinois Bicyclists and funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The brochures and posters available for display at trail kiosks, display cases, and other trail information outlets. They are available at www.bikelib.org. For copies, contact Gina Kenny at gina@bikelib.org or (708) 334-2244 or mail your request to the League of Illinois Bicyclists, 2550 Cheshire Drive, Aurora, IL 60504.

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Regional Events


North Suburban advocacy meeting – Mar. 10

North Suburban and Lake County Complete Streets volunteer advocacy meeting 7 to 9 p.m. at Alberto's Cycles, 1770 1st St., Highland Park. All are welcome.  Learn more about North Suburban and Lake County Complete Streets Advocacy in the ModeShift newsletter.

Local food South Side bike tour – Mar. 22

A bike tour through local food initiatives on the South Side of Chicago. The tour will begin downtown at State and Adams and end at 4929 S. Campbell Ave.(home of planner Sean O'Connell) for lunch and conversation. Stops will be made at Growing Power, the Pacific Garden Mission, Windy City Harvest, Growing Home, and the Experimental Station. Approx distance 15-20 miles. Start time: 10 a.m. Planned as part of the collaborative Institute and its involvement in the School of the Art Institute's Spring 2009 BFA show. Contact Sean at Space.has.seansean@gmail.com with any questions, suggestions, etc.

Wheeling Wheelmen St. Patrick’s Day Ride – Mar. 22

Routes of 16, 20 and 36 miles wind through beautiful Northeast Illinois over quiet secondary roads with SAG support.  Registration is 8 - 10:30 a.m. day of the ride, $10.  Meet at Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main St., Wauconda, IL 60084.  Go online for more information.

Ride of Silence planning meeting – Mar. 30

Help plan this year's Ride of Silence. We will meet at REI the last Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. to plan the upcoming ride in May. Next meeting: Apr. 27. Questions? Contact Elizabeth at rideofsilence.Chicago@gmail.com. The Ride of Silence is a free ride, hosted in hundreds of cities worldwide, that aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured. Find more information online.

Annual trails cleanup – Apr. 25

Volunteers are needed to help clean up our trails, including both sections of the Great Western Trail and all of the Illinois Prairie Path.  Bring your work gloves, roll up your sleeves and pick up litter along these trails.  The cleanup takes place Apr. 25, rain or shine.  The approximate start time is 9 a.m.  If you, your family or your co-workers are interested, please contact one of the cleanup coordinators: For the Great Western Trails, e-mail Don Kirchenberg.  For the Illinois Prairie Path, go online.

Early Registration Opens for GITAP Bicycle Tour

Explore Illinois by bike!  The 7th Grand Illinois Trail and Parks supported bicycle tour will take place June 14-20.  The week-long loop includes rural roads with some trails; overnight camping at Shabbona, White Pines, Johnson-Sauk, and Starved Rock State Parks (hotel option available); and more.  Last year, the limit of 160 participants was reached months before the ride.  For details and registration, see the League of Illinois Bicyclists' website.

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For a complete listing of events and to add your own, visit our online calendar.

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Membership News


Join the movement! Ative Trans members get the Chicagoland bike map, discounts at more than 100 businesses, our ModeShift newsletter and more!

Let's stay in touch. Are you a member that has recently moved or changed your contact information? Let us know so we can stay in touch. E-mail old and new information to membership@activetrans.org.

For more information about Active Transportation Alliance membership, contact membership@activetrans.org or go online.

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Legislative News

Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Blog

Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates

Regional Events

Membership News


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