Did You Know?

While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Member Meeting and Moving Forward

Earlier this week, we held our annual member meeting, which celebrated our members and our work, and reflecting on our priorities for the coming year. As part of the celebration, three folks were inducted into the Active Trans Hall of Fame. Long-time member Bob Hoel showed how someone who is committed can get so much done. Also inducted was Lucy Gomez-Feliciano of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association for her tireless leadership on making Open Streets a reality in Chicago.

Then on the Ultimate Campaign Manager: Mayor Daley. Before being inducted, the Mayor got to hear from our keynote speaker, Harry Wray about the importance of the bicycle and it’s ability to build community. The Mayor’s words really echoed Professor Wray’ sentiment. The Mayor talked about the importance of bicycling, and about the commitment our city has made to being one of the greenest and bike friendliest in the country. He also talked about the importance of reaching out to our elected officials about getting more funding for bike, pedestrian, and public transit improvements; he noted how too much of that money goes to roads and highways for cars!

Another highlight of the evening was an Open Streets video highlighting events in New York, Portland, San Francisco and our very own here in Chicago. Our members cheered our Mayor’s commitment to grow Open Streets in the coming years.

Thanks to everyone who came out and toured through the displays of the work you support. Our members continue to be the driving force behind our work and we were excited to see so many of them there, all interested in and engaged in making our streets, our communities and our cities better. The involvement of our members is key to make our work effective. Want to get involved? Contact us!  Your voice matters.