Author Archives: Ted Villaire

Join us May 15 for the Chicago Ride of Silence as we mourn lives lost

On Wednesday, May 15, all are invited to join a worldwide annual bicycle ride to honor the people killed while biking on public roadways.

Rides will be held in Chicago, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Evanston/Skokie, and Villa Park. See the full list of Illinois rides and details about how to participate.

The event calls attention to the right of people to bike on the road and the urgent need for infrastructure that will make biking in Chicago safer and more welcoming for people of all ages and abilities.

Bike ride on May 15 will mourn lives lost

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Elizabeth Adamczyk
Chicago Organizer
rideofsilence.chicago@gmail.com
rideofsilencechicago.org
(773) 370-2038

Ted Villaire
Active Transportation Alliance
(312) 563-1118
ted@activetrans.org

 

On May 15, Chicago Ride of Silence will mourn the lives lost while biking during the past year
The annual ride will offer a moment of silent reflection at the sites where drivers killed people biking

Chicago,

Tell city council: A lower speed limit in Chicago will save lives

Last year, 115 lives were tragically cut short in Chicago due to fatal car crashes.

Excessive speed was a critical factor in nearly half of those incidents.

With higher speeds, the likelihood of severe injuries or fatalities skyrockets.

Because of the role speed plays in car crashes, lowering the speed limit even a small amount can have an outsized effect on road safety. (Please read our recent op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times on this topic.)

We are at a pivotal moment as local lawmakers consider reducing Chicago’s default urban speed limit — a proven strategy that has made streets safer in cities around the nation.

Make your voice heard for safer streets in Chicago

Over the past five years, the number of serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways has soared.

Speed is typically a major culprit.

If you want to see motorists traveling at safer speeds, please consider taking action by contacting your alderperson.

Chicago City Council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will hold a hearing on lowering the Chicago default speed limit on May 1.

Please take a moment to urge your alderperson to support lower speed limits by sending them this action alert.

Celebrating progress at the Movers and Shakers Ball

The Active Transportation Alliance recently hosted an unforgettable evening that not only celebrated the strides we’ve made towards a more sustainable and accessible city but also set the stage for the transformative work ahead.

The Movers and Shakers Ball — a gala event that brought together the city’s most passionate advocates for walking, biking, and public transit — was a resounding success, thanks to the incredible support of our attendees and donors.

 

Legislating for livable communities: Sen. Simmons to be honored for transportation leadership

State Senator Mike Simmons understands that improving transportation is about more than just getting from point A to point B; it’s about transforming our communities into better places to live and work.

By championing biking, walking, and public transit, Sen. Simmons is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health, and save lives.

It’s this commitment to enhancing our communities through healthy, equitable transportation that earned him the Visionary Leadership Award from the Active Transportation Alliance.

Our journey towards better transit requires unity and action

As our region’s transit system faces unprecedented funding and service challenges, a powerful movement is underway, driven by the collective voices of those who know we deserve better service from our trains and buses.

Our recent gathering at the Transit is Essential Town Hall, held at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in the Douglas neighborhood, showed the transformative power of people connecting and sharing their stories.

It was a moment when about 90 individuals from diverse walks of life—students,

Transit is Essential Town Hall on March 2

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robert Schultz, III, J.D.
Campaign Organizer
Office: 312-216-0471
Mobile: 312-391-2449
robert@activetrans.org
 

Transit is Essential Town Hall: Invest in Transit for Clean Air, Racial Equity, and a Strong Economy

 

WHAT: A panel of elected officials, transit union leaders, community leaders, and youth will hear testimony from individuals and community groups about the need for federal,

Our top ten walking, biking, and transit stories of 2023

2023 was a year of unprecedented progress for our movement.

Dozens of major infrastructure projects across the region created safe places for people to walk and bike where they did not exist before. There are more concrete protected bike lanes, pedestrian bump outs and islands, and smooth trail connections.

Illinois and Chicago passed bold new laws that put us on the path towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation system.

Why does it matter?

Celebrating progress at the annual member party

The Active Transportation Alliance’s annual member party isn’t just a gathering; it’s a celebration of our community and our accomplishments, allowing us a moment to pause and renew our dedication to transforming Chicagoland into a hub for sustainable transportation.

This year’s event brought more than 100 individuals to the Revolution Brewing Taproom eager to laud the year’s victories, forge new connections, and honor the efforts of advocates and volunteers.

The volunteer awards showcased the outstanding contributions of people so generous with their time and energy.