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Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Another reason it pays to be a member of Active Trans

Did you know that joining Active Trans gives you access to discounts from over 100 Chicago area businesses? Most of the businesses are located in Chicago, but many are in the suburbs, too./

The deals cover a wide range of services and products. As you’d guess, a number of bike shops offer discounts ranging from 5 percent off new bikes to 10 percent off parts and repairs, varying by store.

If bikes aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of other perks to membership. You can save money on food and beer at places like Goose Island Brewpub or Mother Hubbard’s Sport Pub, get free books from Lake Claremont Press, even find yourself paying less to get your living space upgraded with a fresh coat of paint from Harmony Haus Painting.

All that and we haven’t even mentioned deals on spa and massage treatment (you did indeed read that correctly), coffee, movie tickets, and many other awesome offers.

One Chicago business offering a discount on its products to Active Trans members (15 percent off all merchandise) is Po Campo, a local bike bag and accessory retailer. Maria Boustead, owner of Po Campo, thought participating in the rewards program was an easy choice.

“At Po Campo,” said Boustead, “we all love biking on Chicago's city streets and enthusiastically support Active Trans' efforts to make that experience as enjoyable for as many people as possible.”

She sees being involved with the program as a great way to promote her business while being involved in a fun and meaningful cause.

If you’re already an Active Trans member, all this will serve as a good reminder of the many great opportunities awaiting you, and perhaps a gentle nudge as to why you’d want to consider renewing.

And if you aren’t a member, the only remaining question seems to be: why wouldn’t you join?