Carfree Day Trip: Skiing in Wisconsin

by crandell | 02/27/2010

Yes, there are ski slopes close enough to Chicago for a day trip. And no, you don't need a car to get there! Windy City Ski is a new bus service offering round-trip transportation for weekend day trips to ski slops in Wisconsin. Check out the Chicago Tribune's coverage of this carfree day trip option:

Chicago Gives Pedestrians a Head Start at Select Intersections

by crandell | 01/28/2010


I noticed the other day that CDOT had adjusted traffic lights at a couple intersections on my street to give pedestrians a few seconds head start to begin crossing before cars get a green light. This is called a Leading Pedestrian Interval, or LPI (check out this Streetsblog video about LPIs). This is one of those many progressive things I've read about other cities doing and wished I'd see at home. So I'm happy to see this tool being used in Chicago as the city learns that pedestrians should be the priority on our streets.

Daytrip to Openlands Lakeshore Preserve via Metra for a Beautiful Day

by crandell | 11/08/2009


Unseasonably warm days like today are the perfect time for an outdoorsy daytrip. And Openlands has a great suggestion on their website with public transit directions to their recently opened Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.

Get directions here:

Check Metra's UP-North schedule here:

Learn more about the preserve here:

Design new bike racks for Chicago

by studiomurmur | 11/02/2009

Studio Murmur is a product design firm based in Chicago. We currently seek to engage individuals, organizations and city /state transportation officials in launching a bike parking initiative to design the next generation of bicycle racks in Chicago. Similar efforts have been successful in Toronto and New York City and smaller initiatives are underway in other cities. Secure and easy-to-use parking for a wide range of bicycles is a non-trivial problem that is not sufficiently addressed by many current rack designs. If you are someone, or know someone, who can help, please contact us at Thanks!

City to Reopen Queen's Landing Crosswalk?

by crandell | 09/18/2009


I thought it was time to revisit the Queen's Landing crosswalk following last month's approval of the updated Central Area Action Plan. You may recall that this crosswalk connecting Buckingham Fountain to Lake Michigan was closed back in July 2005. Well, slipped in among the costly major infrastructure projects outlined in the plan is a small item about a crosswalk with a $500,000 price tag. No massive overdone bridge over LSD as had been discussed following the crosswalk closing -- just a simple way to cross the street at Queen's Landing and restore a critical connection between the Lake and Grant Park. A bridge or an underpass would be an over-engineered and overpriced solution to getting people across the street.

Chicagoland Car-Free Day Is Sept. 22: Take the Pledge, Get $1 Off Caribou Coffee!

by crandell | 09/17/2009

Back in 2007, I was jealous of DC's Carfree Day celebrations. Well, World Carfree Day is coming up once again on Tuesday, Sept. 22, but this year Active Trans is kicking off our very own first annual Chicagoland Car-Free Day! Active Trans is celebrating with a car-free day pledge and a series of partner events. Visit to take the pledge and to check out the events. As a bonus, when you take the pledge you get a coupon for $1 off a large drink at Caribou Coffee on Sept. 22. Carfree Day is a great effort to raise the profile of our region's transportation options and create a more positive vibe around transit, biking and walking.

Great Walks from L Stops

by crandell | 09/04/2009

Those who love leisurely walks and riding the CTA will really appreciate one of the features in this week's issue of Time Out Chicago. It offers photos, maps and a guide for scenic strolls kicking offer from L stops on each of the CTA's eight train lines. From the Francisco stop on the Brown Line (home to some of my favorite transit art) to the Halsted stop on the Orange Line, this little guide is a good nudge to check out some of the L stops and neighborhoods you might not normally frequent.

Check it out: Time Out Chicago: Walk the lines

And if you really love one of these stations, buy yourself an L Stop Button!

Alderman Tunney's Annual Kids Bike Parade

by bike and roll c... | 08/28/2009

Alderman Tunney's Annual Kids Bike Parade
Saturday, August 29, 2009
12:00 Noon
1000 Block of George

Children and Parents: come celebrate the dog days of summer and participate in Alderman Tunney’s Annual Kids Bike Parade! Please come to the 1000 Block of George at Noon with a decorated bike and a helmet. Mayor Daley’s Bike Ambassadors will be on-hand to present helpful safety tips. Children will receive a ribbon, a bike light and back-to-school supplies.

After the parade, please stay for the Central Lakeview Neighbors' Annual Block Party. There will be children’s games, a fire truck from the City, a jumping jack from 3:00 - 6:00pm and food will be served from 4:00 - 8:00pm.

2009 Bike Sale

by bike and roll c... | 08/24/2009

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End of Summer Rental Bike Sale! All 2009 Bikes Must Go! Up to 50% OFF! Hundreds of bikes to choose from, all in great condition!

The 2009 bike sale price list is posted on the website $50 non-refundable deposits will be accepted beginning on August 24th. Please call 312-729-1000 ext. 0 to make a deposit.

Bike pickup dates are September 15 to October 31. To purchase a rental bike please come to one of the following locations:

Millennium Park Bike Station: 239 E. Randolph, 9am-7pm, 7 days per week
Tel: (312) 729-1000 ext. 0

Navy Pier: 600 E. Grand Avenue, 9am-7pm, 7 days per week
Tel: (312) 595-9600

North Avenue Beach: 9am-7pm, 7 days per week
(773) 327-2706