Wednesday, October 19, 2011

See you at the Movies! On Bikes to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

From the festival web site linked below

This weekend kicks off the annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival. If you have never gone, you should — this is usually wonderful. They have films for all ages screened at theatres around the city from October 21 to Oct. 30. You should take a bike since parking is stressful and we love not parking. Even bike parking is sparse around Facets theater, where most films are, so leave yourself plenty of extra time to get there. The theater can get crowded too.

Commuting is fun!

Here comes Winter!  late Fall!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Come Meet with Bike Lane Planners

This weekend there will be an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the people who have been responsible for the most innovative new bicycle infrastructures in the country, and the cycling infrastructure master planner for Chicago, at Active Transportation's public forum. You have to RSVP but it will be worth it. These sorts of forums usually cost a bundle and this one is free!

If you are a family cyclist it's especially important to come and tell them about it, so cycling with kids gets more attention when they are planning new routes. Not many family bicyclists come to these things. Commuters and experts who don't ride with their families don't understand what works well for kids and people carrying kids so they need to hear your perspectives. Also, come get the nuts and bolts of how to advocate for better cycling infrastructure for you and your family from these experts. It's free and you can learn how to make a difference now.

Here is the information from the Chainlink (

Bikeways 101: Lessons from leading American cities
Sat., Oct. 15, 10am – 11am
Jak’s Tap (Green Room), 901 W Jackson
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at
Want to learn how protected bike lanes, bike boulevards and other types of bikeways are increasing cycling and making streets safer across the US? The country’s top experts from New York, San Francisco and Portland are visiting Chicago to share lessons from their cities. Come learn what strategies other cities are using to make their streets more bike-friendly, and learn more about Chicago’s big plans to be the most bicycle-friendly city in the nation.
Speakers include:
Rob Burchfield, P.E., City of Portland
Jon Orcutt, New York City Department of Transportation
Mike Sallaberry, P.E., San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Douglas Adams, AICP, Sam Schwartz Engineering

Sunday, October 2, 2011

More Open Streets Please!

It's over for today. When can we do it again?