Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sept.22 -Chicagoland Car-Free Day

Here is an excuse to explore other ways of getting around.

On Tuesday Sept. 22, Active Trans will partner with RTA, Pace, Metra, CTA and communities around the region for Chicagoland Car-free Day. The event is part of World Car-free Day, the one moment when people around the world pledge to go sans auto.

The day will only work if we get everyone involved. The more people we get to pledge to go car-free, the more fun the day will be! Plus, when you take the pledge on our website, you get a coupon for $1 off a large drink at Caribou Coffee on Sept. 22 (We’re not that crazy to ask you to go caffeine-free). Find a Caribou Coffee location near you.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Chicago Tops USGBC's List of U.S. Cities with Most Green Buildings

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Windy City has won top honors in a recent ranking of U.S. cities with the most LEED Certified buildings. According to the Tribune, "88 projects in Chicago have earned [LEED] certification. Portland, Ore., was next, with 73 LEED buildings, and Seattle was third, with 63. New York was seventh with 46, and Los Angeles ninth with 40."


Image source: Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bicycling for College Students

The following is selected text from MUPP student Steve Vance's article titled "Bicycling for College Students"


If you haven’t yet chosen to bike to campus, don’t read this – I’ve got another article in the works for you. Essentially, I gained my advice and education from information I found in multiple documents published by the Chicago Bicycle Program. But you can read my post in less than 10 minutes. I give my friends the same spiel, and now I’ve finally published it for everyone’s benefit.

My credentials: I’ve been commuting safely and effectively to the University of Illinois at Chicago campus for four years, attending undergraduate and graduate class. I’ve been bicycling all around Chicago (I can prove it with these maps) for the same period.

I divide my advice into three sections: Safety, Getting There, and The Right Equipment. You should have a copy of the Chicago Bike Map at your side (download as PDF; tambien disponible en espanol; request one to be mailed) . . . . [click here to read more]