Transportation Alliance News and Events

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.

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 or 312.427.3325 x229.

Official beverages announced

Announcing our co-winners of the official Active Transportation Alliance Beverage:  The Transportoddy and the Transportini.  Members Andrew Lurie and Lee Crandell submitted fantastic entries.  Recipes are below for your pleasure:

  • Transportoddy: Local apple cider, local maple syrup, cinnamon and mulling spices, dark and organic white rums.  The Transportoddy is fine cold, better hot.

  • Transportini: The Transportini is not just a drink -- it's a contemplation of responsible production and transportation and therefore must be tailored to each city for local drinkers.  To make the Chicago Transportini, begin with 3 oz. of Wild Blossom Prairie Passion Mead.  This ingredient is believed to be older than the wheel. Wild Blossom's mead is made on the South Side from honey collected by local bees that forage on the Chicago lakefront and surrounding prairies, meaning it requires a minimum amount of energy to transport it from the producer to your belly. Mix with 1 oz. of St. Germain liqueur, made from elderflowers gathered by French farmers using specially equipped bicycles. Add to that just a few drops of Sirène Absinthe, produced by the North Shore Distillery in nearby Lake Bluff, Ill. Shake or stir and serve on the rocks for stationary enjoyment or in a flask for easy transport. Garnish with an olive if you like to balance your sweet with a little salty. If you must travel after drinking, please walk or take public transit.

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New governor, new day

With the swearing in of Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday, January 29, 2009, we are hopeful that we are ushering a new era for active transportation in the State of Illinois.  Gov. Quinn has long been a supporter of our work, from helping to push the successful Bikes on Metra program to being a champion for Safe Routes to School. ...

Read the full posting and all our blogs.

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Membership News

Free member mixer at Wee Gee’s Lounge – Feb. 19

Come warm up at Weegee's Lounge at a fun, free member mixer. Alex Huebner, owner of Wee Gee's Lounge, is a year-round cyclist and friend of the Active Transportation Alliance. Alex invites members to get to know each other and throw back a few of these specials: $2 PBRs, $3 wells, $3 pints. Don't forget about the photo booth and shuffleboard! Not a member? We'll sign you up at the door for $30 and up. Atmosphere is informal and friendly – all are welcome. Details: Wee Gee's Lounge 3659 W Armitage Ave. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. Please RSVP by Feb. 17 to Matthew Griffin at

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

Join the movement: Become a member

For more information about Active Transportation Alliance membership,
contact 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.

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 or 312.427.3325 x294. Upcoming volunteer nights: Feb. 16, Mar. 2, Mar. 16. consultant volunteer

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for a volunteer with expertise in the 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

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

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.

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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 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  

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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

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 For copies, contact Gina Kenny at 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

Vision Quest Indoor Time Trial Series - Feb. 8

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: 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.

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  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.

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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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

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Issue #4 - Friday, February 6, 2009

Table of Contents:

Active Transportation Alliance News and Events


Membership News

Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Legislative News

Take Action

Bicycling, Pedestrian, Transit Updates

Regional Events

Chain of Events

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