Did You Know?

About one-third of all work trips in Chicago are comprised of people biking, walking, or riding public transit.

I'm Sorry

I spend a lot of my time advocating for policies that restrict drivers from doing dangerous things.

But sometimes it is us, active transportation users, who need to look at our own actions. I have a confession to make. I cannot walk and talk on the cell phone at the same time (but can walk and chew gum). I walk to and from work every day. And I love my smartphone. The temptation is there to always pull out the phone and check the latest game score, text message a friend or check my calendar. But I know it is dangerous to walk and text at the same time. Trust me – I've walked into a lamppost while texting (luckily no injuries).

The New York Times recently published an article documenting that more than 1,000 pedestrians went to an emergency room in 2008 for injuries incurred while walking and texting. Please stop walking and texting.

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