Did You Know?

Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Resolution at the side of the road with the hood up

Got this message from friend Bob Lukens, president of Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail, this morning:

I missed the Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail meeting last night because I was at 147th Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway with my piece of cr*p, 133,000-plus miles car, which would not start after adding overpriced gasoline from a multi-national corporation. After waiting more than an hour for a tow, it is in the process of being repaired, which I’m sure will cost well into the hundreds. (Just got the call; it’s about $400)

I am not writing this to ask for sympathy, I simply write this to illustrate a point.

If anything, I learned the lesson that the Calumet-Sag Trail is more important than ever, to solve transportation dilemmas for people across the Southland and around the metro area. Believe me, if I could, I would walk, bike, bus or take the train to work every single day. The Calumet-Sag Trail will help people do this every day. And this experience has finally made me resolve to get off my butt and do more walking, riding and taking public transportation.

The Happy Trails Jamboree was a complete success, and I’d like to thank each and every Friend, partner and donor for their hard work in getting this Trail built. And it will be built.

In closing, have a great day! I know I will. The sun is shining, and I’m going for a walk at lunch.