Active Transportation Alliance News and Events


Bike Town Bash

2008 Bike Town Bash - Dec. 6

Put your coat and boots in the closet and get your party shoes out for
a night of fun and excitement Dec. 6 from 6-10 p.m. at Epiphany Episcopal
Church, 201 S. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Bike
Town Bash
is the annual fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance
(formerly Chicagoland Bicycle Federation). Epiphany Episcopal Church,
Chicago's emerging venue for indie rock, dance and local artists, is hosting
this fun, funky winter party! $25 entitles you to 3 drink tickets (and
cash bar beyond that) as well as food from Goose Island Brewing Company.
DJ spins the party and promises to get you moving. Enjoy silent and live
auction items, including a "Green Auction" of second-hand treasures.
All friends of active transportation are welcome to this Winter Green
Wonderland. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Transportini anyone?

To help celebrate the Active Transportation Alliance’s bicycle,
pedestrian and transit work, we are holding a competition for our members
who are amateur (or professional) mixologists to create a drink that celebrates
this active and sustainable transportation culture. The winner will be
announced at the Bike Town Bash, Dec. 6; and if feasible, the drink will
be served at the event. The drink can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and
should have readily available ingredients and taste great. To submit your
drink, e-mail your recipe to rob@activetrans.org
or come by the office with a sample for tasting (after 5 p.m.).

Crash victim support group – Dec. 6

Are you a victim of a crash? Connect with other bicyclists and pedestrians
who have been in a crash and learn how they coped at the Crash Victim
Support Group, Dec. 6 from 10:30 – noon at 4754 N. Leavitt, Chicago.
Meetings are free, confidential and facilitated by a licensed psychologist.
For more information, please contact crashsupport@activetrans.org
or call 312.427.3325 x289.

ActiveTrans seeks computer donations

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for three or four computers
to accommodate our growing work and internship program. We need Windows
PCs with at least 512Mb of RAM and a 1.0GHz or faster processor. Laptops
and desktops will be accepted. 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.

Gift membership and merchandise available

Give your friends and family a membership in the Active Transportation
Alliance. With this gift, your loved ones receive discounts, special offers,
up-to-the-minute bicycling news and more! Check it out online.

Come by the office to purchase the last of Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
merchandise. They are sure to be hot collector's items. 9 W. Hubbard St.
#402, Chicago.

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Blog


Welcome to the Active Transportation Alliance!

As we announced at the Member Meeting, we are excited to announce that
we as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation 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.

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


North Suburban Ambassador

The Active Transportation Alliance seeks an individual to advocate for
biking, walking and transit improvements in the northern suburbs. The
North Suburban Coordinator serves and executes the Active Transportation
Alliance’s mission by exploiting clear opportunities to create/enhance
bicycling, walking and transit culture in suburban communities, developing
Active Transportation Alliance membership and events, and cultivating
knowledge of and relationships with north suburban communities and the
agencies that serve them. The position is part time, sixteen hours per
week. Read the full job description and instructions for applying online.

Legislative Intern

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. Compensation may be
available. 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 x294. Upcoming volunteer nights: Dec. 15, Jan. 5, 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.

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. Read the full volunteer description online.
If interested, please contact Falon Mihalic at 312.427.3325 x289.

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. Find more outreach opportunities
online or
by contacting Matthew Griffin, membership manager, at 312.427.3325 x294
or matthew@activetrans.org.

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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


Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council Public Meeting –
Dec. 10

Get the latest bicycling-related news and updates on Chicago’s
Bike 2015 plan at the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting 10
to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at 30 N. LaSalle St., second floor conference room,
Chicago. Questions? Contact Ben Gomberg at bgomberg@cityofchicago.org
or 312.744.8093.

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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


Illinois State Cyclocross Championships – Dec. 7

The Illinois state cyclocross championships will occur Dec. 7 at Montrose
Harbor in Chicago. Visit www.chicrosscup.com
for more information.

Bloomingdale Trail designs – Dec. 10

Bloomingdale Trail enthusiasts are invited to a presentation of designs
for the Bloomingdale Trail, developed by Purdue University landscape architecture
students. Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Near Northwest Arts
Council, 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Creative Living in the City: How to garden in your neighborhood
– Dec. 11

The Chicago Park District and Neighborspace, Chicago's land trust for
community gardens, will talk about a variety of opportunities to get involved
in hundreds of existing gardens in your neighborhood and create vibrant,
productive gardens. Creative Living in the City lectures are free and
open to the public. The lecture starts at 12:15 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy
Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.

Spoke & Soles: Implementing a local bikeway – Dec.
11

Learn the basic steps of developing and implementing a local bikeway
network, 8:30 a.m. – noon Dec. 11 at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency
for Planning, 233 S. Wacker, Suite 800, Chicago. This workshop will focus
on the technical aspects of route selection and on current facility designs.
Directional signing, network-level planning, and engineering on-street
facilities will be addressed. Presentations consist of an introduction
to bikeway planning and several case studies of bikeway plan development
in northeastern Illinois. Speakers include the Active Transportation Alliance's
Carolyn Helmke and David Gleason. Cost is $25. Learn more online.

Full Moon Sisters Ride – Dec. 12

The Cycling Sisters are hosting a Full Moon Sisters Ride on Dec. 12.
Join them for a nice spin in the cool weather. Meet at Daley Plaza (on
the NE corner of the Daley Building) at 5:30 p.m. Bring money for food/drinks
for after the ride.

Around the world in 90 minutes: Infrastructure best practices
from across the globe – Dec. 17

Don’t have the time to travel the globe to learn about planning
and development trends? The Metropolitan Planning Council will save you
the airfare and time with the second of its Fall Roundtable series, Dec.
17 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at Charter One Bank, 71 South Wacker Dr.,
29th floor, Chicago. In this 90-minute “whirlwind tour,” knowledgeable
professionals will present on real estate, transportation and other infrastructure
best practices, with time for questions from the audience. Cost, including
lunch, is $15 for MPC donors and $30 for all others. Seating is limited,
so pre-registration is required. Register 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 #1 - Friday, December 5, 2008

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


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third Fridays of each month for quick reading on issues related to bicycling,
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bicycling, pedestrian and transit advocates, health professionals, tourism
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herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the Active Transportation
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