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Planning an early morning drive along the lakefront on Sunday?
You may have to settle for taking a detour because Lake Shore Drive will be closed for Bike the Drive Sunday morning.
May 1st is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in the State of Illinois.
No. Seriously. No kidding.
Since 2005, Illinois has been recognizing the important work of getting kids to school safely each day by designating the first day of May annually to encourage people to show appreciation for their local crossing guards.
“They put their lives at stake every day for our kids and are some of the bravest, most crucial resources for making walking and biking to school safe,” says Ethan Spotts, a spokesperson for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local group that promotes biking, walking and alternative transportation choices.
Today is Chicagoland Car Free Day.
Ya know how I’m going to celebrate?
Yup! Sitting behind the wheel of my car watching other suckers taking public transportation, walking or biking to work, school or wherever.
Honestly, as a hardcore motorist who has to rely on my car to every single solitary day to drive kids to school, to work, to make deliveries to customers, to meet with clients, et cetera, et cetera, et freaking cetra–I don’t see the point of this goofy day without a car to get around.
That’s why I decided to give Ethan Spotts from the Active Transportation Alliance a call–to find out why the hell anyone would voluntarily give up their car for a day.
Free Educational Event Is First Of Its Kind In Chicago
This free class will teach Chicago drivers the basics of: avoiding and contesting parking tickets, red light camera tickets, speeding tickets and other moving violations, keeping the Denver boot off your car and updating attendees on new driving laws that effect pedestrian and biking safety, and much more.
The Driver Survival Seminar is the very first event of its kind in Chicago and perhaps the nation with the sole purpose of educating and empowering motorists to protect themselves from these issues that challenge drivers every day on the streets of the city.
Governor Quinn signed this law and another related law on July 5th in an Arlington Heights bike store.
Senate Bill 2951 was deemed “anti-harassment” legislation was spearheaded by the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a statewide pro-bicyclist organization, and penalizes any drivers using their vehicle to threaten or harass bicycle riders with either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class 4 felony if injuries occur.
Thousands More Bikers Expected On City Streets This Week
Yes, there’s a ton more bicycles on the road this Monday morning.
You can blame it on Bike To Work Week.
The event, which is running from June 12-18, while national in scope, has a large presence in Chicago due to heavy support and promotion by the event’s official host, the Active Transportation Alliance.
The group, formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, actively promotes policies supporting pedestrians, public transportation and, of course, bicycling.
May 4th Is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Today is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
The State of Illinois made the official proclamation back in December to celebrate these under appreciated stalwarts of safety.
In Chicago, armed with their bright orange safety vests and hand held stop signs, over 1,100 blue uniformed crossing guards slow down traffic to make sure our city’s children get to and from school safely each and every day.
Today was National Walk to Work Day.
I totally forgot about it.
After spending the entire day in my car, not only driving to work, but motoring all over the city, I drove home, sat down at the computer and saw that I was supposed to walk to work today according to the Active Transportation Alliance.
I’m so embarrassed.
What a faux pas.