Active Transportation Alliance News and Events


Winter Bike to Work Day – Jan. 20

Leave the chill at home for Winter Bike to Work Day. Stop by Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington) 6:30 to 9 a.m. Jan 20 to warm yourself with coffee and hot cocoa before heading to work. Each year we celebrate committed bicycle commuters on the coldest day in Chicago history - Jan. 20, 1985, when the official temperature at O'Hare Airport was 27 below zero with 36 mph wind gusts, producing wind chills as low as 93 below zero. Let's hope it doesn't get that chilly, but even if it does, we will be out there with you!

Help create a new Kids Club

Active Transportation Alliance is creating a Kids Club. This special membership will be available only to children who enjoy biking, walking and transit. The Kids Club will feature special, low membership fees and kid-friendly incentives. If you are interested in helping us create the Kids Club, please contact Dan Persky at dan@activetrans.org or 312.427.3325 x229.

Wanted: Your best winter biking photos

Submit your photos that showcase the hearty Chicago winter bicyclists. Your photos could be used in our campaigns and website. E-mail your photos to akane@activetrans.org.

Active Trans seeks computer donations

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for three or four computers to accommodate the work of our interns and seasonal employees. Retired computers from corporate IT departments are preferred. We need Windows PCs with at least 512 Mb of RAM (preferably 1 Gb)and a 1.0GHz or faster processor. Laptops and desktops will be accepted. We currently do not need any CRT monitors, but will take flat-screen LCDs. Computers must be in good working order. Donated computers are deductible at fair market value to the extent allowed by the law. Contact Chris Ege at Chris@activetrans.org for more information.

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Blog


Add your own events to our online calendar

We've added a new feature to our website that allows you to add events to our calendar. It's easy: all you have to do is create an account on our site and follow the link from our events calendar. Events usually show up on the calendar within a day.

Read the full posting and all our blogs.

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Membership News


Let's stay in touch

Have you recently moved? Changed phone numbers or e-mail addresses? Changed your name? Please give us your new information so we can let you know about our work. E-mail old and new information to membership@activetrans.org.

Join the movement: Become a member

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

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Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities


Communications Intern

A part-time, unpaid internship is now open for students who are interested in a career in communications and marketing. Interns will assist with monthly newsletters, publicity reports, media pitching and other communications, including news releases and messages to members. Qualified candidates will have a passion for social equity and sustainable transportation. Candidates should possess excellent time management and organizational skills, interest in non-profit work and in bicycling, mass transit and pedestrian issues. Familiarity with Macintosh OS X, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Powerpoint is desirable. This internship is for the winter/spring semester and lasts 16 weeks. Submit resume and cover letter to akane@biketraffic.org.

Event marketing interns

Stand out from the crowd with a hands-on internship working at one of the nation’s premiere non-profit advocacy organizations.  The Active Transportation Alliance is hiring two event-marketing interns for the Bank of America Bike the Drive, one of the largest recreational bicycling events in the country.  Experience the thrill of putting on an event from start to finish – preparation, delivery and execution.  Find out more information about the position online.

Market Active Trans' work to bike shops

The Active Transportation Alliance seeks a Membership Program Intern to develop its Discount Partner Program.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn to develop a workplan, make decisions of lasting value in the program’s direction, work with a mentor, and walk away at the end of a semester with a tangible accomplishment.  A complete job description is available online. To apply, send resume and cover letter to matthew@activetrans.org.

Legislative Intern for winter/spring

The Active Transportation Alliance seeks an intern from early January to May 2009 to monitor the Illinois General Assembly for proposed bills that impact funding for bicycling, walking or public transit projects; penalties for dangerous driving; environmental regulations or incentives; conservation initiatives; and transportation policies. The intern will also help develop our organization’s response, including creation and implementation of a strategy to support or oppose proposed legislation. Much of the work can be done outside of our office. Read a full job description online. To apply, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to dan@activetrans.org.

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, ext. 294. Upcoming volunteer nights: Feb. 2, Feb. 16.

There will be no volunteer night Jan. 19.

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.

Volunteer office assistant

The Active Transportation Alliance seeks a volunteer office assistant to work on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include answering phones, welcoming office guests and accepting mail and packages. Please have flexibility in schedule and availability. This is a great opportunity to see all the great programs in the works at the Active Transportation Alliance. Interested volunteers please contact Jody Orlovick at jody@activetrans.org.

Outreach volunteers and volunteer managers

Spread the word about bicycling at fun events around Chicagoland. Plus, get free access to the event and an invitation to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Volunteer for the Active Transportation Alliance and help us recruit new members, give away great prizes, and celebrate more and better bicycling. Become a volunteer manager to bring the Active Transportation Alliance to an event of your choice.

Contact Matthew Griffin, membership manager, at (312) 427-3325, ext. 294 or matthew@activetrans.org.

Crash Data Mapping and Analysis Volunteer

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for an experienced GIS specialist to analyze data trends for bicycle and pedestrian crashes from 2005-2007. Specific data analysis may include ranking cities in Illinois, ranking areas within Chicago, and using kernel density analysis to map areas with a high number of crashes. Expertise with Access database functions and ArcGis are essential. Knowledge of statistical analysis is helpful, but not required. The project must be completed by Dec. 5. Read the full volunteer description online. If interested, please contact Falon Mihalic at (312) 427-3325 ext. 289.

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Legislative News


Stay up-to-date on the Active Transportation Alliance's 2008 legislative agenda and learn more about each of our initiatives online.

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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Take Action


Snow removal in bike lanes and sidewalks

If you live in Chicago, you know the roads are not being cleared as well as in previous years.  Make sure that bike lanes along roads that are being cleared and salted are also cleared and salted.  Call 311 to report bike lanes that are not being maintained as well as the adjacent road.  Also call 311 to report sidewalks that are not being shoveled.

If you live in a suburban community, find the snow removal programs and ordinances in your municipality online in the Chicago Area Transportation Study Report.

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Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates


State trail closings averted

The Hennepin Canal Trail and parts of the I&M Canal Trail have been spared from state budget cuts! While the Governor used his line item veto to zero out restored funding for seven state parks and other state programs, four state parks will remain open. For more details, see the League of Illinois Bicyclists' website.

Picture this: The history of bicycling in Chicago

Greg Borzo, Active Transportation Alliance member and author of “The Chicago ‘L’,” is now writing about the colorful history of bicycling in Chicago -- from the earliest days during the 1880s up to the present; and he needs your help. He is looking for old photos, advertisements, race programs, catalogs, gear, accessories, memorabilia, etc. of bike clubs, races, shops, parades, street scenes, famous bicyclists, etc., in Chicago. If you have anything you would be willing to let him scan or photograph, please contact Greg at 312.846.1085 (home), 312.636.8968 (cell), or gborzo@comcast.net.

Countywide bikeway plan in DuPage County

Working in partnership with municipalities, park districts, townships, the Forest Preserve District and others, DuPage County and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference recently announced completion of the new DuPage County Regional Bikeway Plan. The plan identifies a County regional trail network totaling 298 miles, with 191 existing miles constructed to date and a local network of community bikeways totaling 471 miles with 271 miles completed. To obtain a copy of the 2008 DuPage County Regional Bikeway Plan, send your mailing address to dfagan@dupageco.org. Maps, trail guides and information on current and future bicycle projects are available online.

Train the Trainer

Teach others how to bicycle safely! The League of Illinois Bicyclists will soon offer sessions to teach adults how to train children on safe bicycling. Train the Trainer will begin at 40 locations throughout Illinois in February. The class is 40-minutes and free of charge. Go online to learn more about Train the Trainer. To host a session or become a trainer, contact Donnie Miller at 309.737.8270 or bcycleracr@mchsi.com. Train the Trainer is funded by REI and a Safe Routes to School grant from Illinois Department of Transportation.

Major Taylor Bicycle Club seeks members

The organizing committee of the Major Taylor Bicycle Club of Chicago — Chicago's first predominately black bike club — seeks volunteers to begin developing the organization's mission, vision, membership rules, ride schedule, promotional activity, and legal status. The club still has room for more members and welcomes roadies, social riders and families. Contact the group at majortaylor_bikechicago@yahoo.com.

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Regional Events


Chicago Winter Bike Swap – Jan. 17

Whatever your cycling needs, there is something for everyone at the Chicago Winter Bike Swap, Jan. 17 at Harper College in Palatine.  Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. All admissions receive a raffle entry for a new set of Bontrager wheels – $850 value. Gather with the cycling community during the Chicago winter off-season and get all your cycling needs.  Bring your used bicycle tires and tubes for recycling, browse new and used complete bikes, or bring a bike you want to sell. Don't pass up the chance to find a huge selection of post-holiday closeout bargains. 

Vision Quest Indoor Time Trial Series

This is a chance for a little friendly competition in the midst of the off-season.  Over $3,000 in prizes for daily and overall winners!  Entry fee is $25 per race. All levels welcome.  Indoor time trial series race dates: Dec. 21 - Masters National 39K TT, Jan. 4 - Tour de France 4 Cholet 29K TT, Jan. 18 - Bong 40K TT, Jan. 25 – Masters National 39K TT, Feb. 8 – Tour de France 4 Cholet 29K TT.  Vision Quest Highland Park is located at 1925 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL.  Find more information online.

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Chain of Events


For a complete listing of bicycling events in the region and beyond, visit our online calendar.

All information is subject to change. If you have a bicycling-, walking- or transit-related event for our calendar, contact margo@activetrans.org.

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Issue #3 - Friday, January 16, 2009

Table of Contents:

Active Transportation Alliance News and Events

Blog

Membership News

Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Legislative News

Take Action

Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates

Regional Events

Chain of Events


Traffic Signals is the FREE e-newsletter of the Active Transportation Alliance. It is open to both members and non-members alike. We typically deliver Traffic Signals the first and third Fridays of each month for quick reading on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in the area. The newsletter is sent to more than 23,000 bicycling, pedestrian and transit advocates, health professionals, tourism industry leaders, elected officials, media and others. The information herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the Active Transportation Alliance. To submit news, contact Akane Tsuruta at akane@activetrans.org.

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