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Advocates mobilized at Active Trans Bike/Walk/Transit Summit

Last weekend, Active Trans held a Bike/Walk/Transit Summit to help community members become more effective advocates for active transportation issues in their community.

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Congressman Mike Quigley gives the keynote address

Congressman Mike Quigley of the 5th Illinois District delivered a keynote address about the political dynamics on Capitol Hill that challenge better transportation policy. He stressed the critical role local advocates play in keeping elected officials accountable to ensure streets work for all users. 

Breakout sessions at the summit offered a variety of topics intended to help advocates network, learn and share critical information. Planner Kurtis Pozsgay from the Berwyn Development Corporation led a session about Complete Streets policies making better and safer streets.

Other breakout sessions led by regional grassroots leaders focused on encouraging active transportation through community bike rides, using open data sources for advocacy, building trail networks and mobilizing residents to restore public transit service.

/The summit was preceded by Active Trans’ Annual Member Meeting. During the member meeting, attendees voted to reappoint the following Active Trans board members: Corey Coscioni, Jay Goldstein, Jane Healy, Ben Helphand, Jim Kreps, Margarita Reina and Steve Schlickman.

Longtime volunteer and advocate, Anne Alt, was voted on to the Active Trans Board of Directors.

Thanks to everyone who attended. We hope to host another Bike/Walk/Transit Summit next year!

Here are some advocacy resources that were discussed at the event.