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The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

International Poster Competition to Promote Biking, Walking and Transit

The Chicago International Poster Biennial will hold its first student poster competition this year with the theme of Transportation: Crucial Issues. The theme is intended to explore why it's great to bike, walk and take transit (transportation that’s green, healthy, affordable and social). It's a new spin on the classic transit posters Chicagoans know and love. So it'll be exciting to see the entries! Spread the word and encourage any art and design students you know to enter. The deadline is May 22, 2010.

From the competition website:

During the most prolific poster-making period in Chicago (the early 20th century), transportation and tourism went hand-in-hand as the predominant theme. Posters for the North Shore and South Shore electric rail lines lured urbanites away from the city by portraying the scenic beauty of the countryside. Posters for the Elevated Lines touted various cultural destinations within the city. These posters remain a very visible part of Chicago’s historical visual landscape.

The jury of the Chicago International Poster Biennial would like to see your interpretation of the theme of travel, regardless of where you are or what you believe is the most vital issue regarding transportation that needs to be communicated today. Make a poster about rethinking transportation to impact the environment, individual health, urban infrastructure… anything is possible. Make one, great poster, and send it to us.

You can buy the classic Avoid Street Congestion poster pictured here at Posters Plus. And you can look forward to seeing cool new posters for biking, walking and transit later this spring.

Full details about the competition can be found at http://chicagobiennial.org/2010/student-competition/ .