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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.

2021 Active Transportation Alliance Annual Meeting on Dec. 2

We hope you can join us for a virtual event as we celebrate the members and volunteers who make our work possible.

The event will be held on Thursday, December 2, 6–7 p.m., 2021.

  • Meet Active Trans staff and your fellow supporters.
  • Learn about accomplishments from the past year and critical work ahead.
  • Hear from this year’s honorees — volunteers and advocates who are doing outstanding work in our communities.

This year’s honorees

Kevin Crowley — Volunteer of the Year
Kevin serves on the Active Trans Events Committee and since 2005 he’s been volunteering in key positions for Fifth Third Bike the Drive and the Boulevard Lakefront Tour. Since 2007, Kevin has played an important role in keeping Bike the Drive running smoothly while serving as a central communications dispatcher during the event.

Rochelle Jackson — Advocate of the Year
While serving as the co-chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, Rochelle has been a key figure working to improve walkability and bus service in North Lawndale. She also serves as an active member of the Vision Zero Chicago Advisory Council.

Matthew Portman — Advocate of the Year
After his cousin Kevin Clark was tragically killed while biking at the dangerous Logan/Western intersection in Chicago, Matthew teamed up with Active Trans and other advocates to push for change. Matthew played an instrumental role in motivating the city to improve the Logan/Western intersection for people walking and biking.

Christopher Valadez — Advocate of the Year
As co-founder of the non-profit Cycle Brookfield, Christopher has been a central figure in the group’s efforts to make safety improvements in the community, including advocating for a side path along 31st Street to the Brookfield Zoo. He’s also been a key organizer of the group’s regular family-friendly bike rides.

Breakout discussions

We want to hear from you in the breakout room discussions during the event.

Discussions will focus on identifying climate impacts of transportation and how green infrastructure solutions can address environmental racism and injustice.

Some questions to consider for the discussions:

  • ​​​​How do we design streets that are safer and more sustainable?
  • How can transportation be part of building communities that are more climate resilient?





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