Active Transportation Alliance News and Events


Bank of America Bike the Drive registration open!

Sign up by Sunday and save $4 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.

Member meeting – Mar. 4

Active Trans is talking to members about the issues you face and how we can better serve you. The first of these meetings is Mar. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Daley Bicentennial Plaza at the north end of Grant Park in Chicago. These discussions will cover our new mission and what concerns you have about getting around in your neighborhood. Part of these discussions will be devoted to updating the Chicagoland bike map, so bring your ideas and red pens! RSVP and get more information from Ethan Spotts at ethan@activetrans.org or 312.427.3325 x287.

Crash victim support group – Feb. 28

The Crash Victim Support Group is for bicyclists and pedestrians suffering from traffic crashes.  Meet Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. – noon in at the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Clyborn Galleria between Wisconsin and Willow, 1731 N. Marcey St., Chicago. Meetings are free, confidential and facilitated by a licensed psychologist.  For more information and directions, please visit our event calendar or contact crashsupport@activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325 x289.

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.

Thank you, volunteers!

On the evening of Jan. 14, the Active Transportation Alliance enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the volunteers of 2008 and all their amazing work. Despite the typical frigid and snowy January evening, volunteers and staff gathered to enjoy the company, food, drinks and award presentations.  See the winners of the 2008 volunteer awards online.

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Blog


The revenue is under our cars, people

Parking prices are getting jacked up tomorrow.

And, if the summer’s gas prices were any indication, we can expect that once people feel the pinch in their wallets, they will explore other modes of transportation. Americans drove far less this summer – about $100 billion fewer miles from November 2007 to November 2008 according to AAA. And, not coincidentally, the number of traffic fatalities sharply fell by about 10 percent in 2008.

And while there has been some criticism of the city’s decision to lease its parking meters for 75 years to a private company, it starts an important discussion on the true cost of parking. ...

Read the full posting and all our blogs.

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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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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. 2, Mar. 16.

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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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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Take Action


Write your congressperson for bike/ped/transit funding

Urge your congressperson to use the federal stimulus package for biking, walking and transit projects. Remember: A hand-written or hand-signed letter mailed to your congressperson is the most effective way to reach him or her.

Go to our blog to see the biking, walking and transit projects in Chicagoland that are eligible for stimulus package funding and an example letter you can send your congressperson. Find out who represents you at www.ILGA.gov.  

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Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates


Call for entries for art exhibition

The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago is looking for an artist to do a piece on deaths caused by bike accidents in Chicago as part of its Dia de los Muertos exhibition.  The 23rd annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition will be held from Sept. 25 to Dec. 13, 2009.  The working theme of the exhibition is Camino a casa, Coming Home on the Day of the Dead.  The ofrenda must be based on the Mexicano tradition, but can be contemporary in its nature.  Entries must be received by Feb. 27, 2009, at 5 p.m.  For more guidelines and information, contact: Gabriel Villa, 2-D US artists; Jose Luis Gutierrez, 3-D US artists; Vanessa Sanchez, 3-D Chicago artists.

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.

West Town Bikes Newsletter

WTB will unveil its first quarterly newsletter Feb. 27.  The newsletter will be published online and in zine format.  Contents will cover current events and programs in addition to general mechanic and riding tips.

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Regional Events


Ride of Silence meeting – Feb. 23

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: Feb. 23.
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.

National parks public input forum – Mar. 4

The National Parks Second Century Commission will host a public input forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Mar. 4, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.  The Commission is charged with compiling a report, which includes public testimony, that examines the role of the national parks today and articulates a bold vision for the future.  This forum is an opportunity for people in the Midwest to provide guidance on the future of the National Park System as it approaches its second century in 2016.  There will be opportunities to give your input in person, by proxy, or electronically.

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.

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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Issue #5 - Friday, February 20, 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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