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

New intern aims to get more Chicago women on bikes!

Active Trans welcomes Liz Corrado, our new intern supporting Women Bike Chicago (WBC). We are hosting Corrado to support WBC’s efforts to educate and encourage more women in Chicago to choose biking for transportation. /

WBC is a grass-roots organization founded in 2012 by women who love to bicycle. WBC’s mission is encouraging other women to bicycle — for commuting, recreation, transportation, exercise and fun.

Corrado (pictured right) recently returned to Chicago after finishing her masters degree in urban planning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She has a love for biking and has experience working on walking- and biking-related projects as part of an education exchange in the Northern Netherlands. While in the Netherlands, Corrado worked on a project that examined the impact of school choice policy on active transportation rates.

As a paid intern at Active Trans, this spring Corrado will assist WBC with communications, operational processes and organization, and event management. Corrado will play a leading role helping to plan and coordinate the 2014 WBC “Women Bike Chicago, a Day of Dialogue and Demonstration” event.

For Active Trans, bringing Corrado into the office was another way for us to solidify our support for other local bicycling-oriented groups. We have sponsored West Town Bikes’ attendance at the national Youth Bike Summit, we are the fiscal agent for the Chicago chapter of Red Bike and Green, a group that promotes bicycling in the African-American community, and we partner with the Chicago Cycling Club to produce the Four-Star Bike and Chow, and the club gets a portion of the proceeds.

For more information about WBC, check out its blog or follow the organization on Facebook. Also connect with Corrado at liz.corrado@activetrans.org to share your ideas to get more women biking in Chicago.