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Make It Reflective Workshop

Chicago bike commuters are gearing up for Bike Winter with a “Make It Reflective Workshop” this upcoming Monday, December 5.

As posted on the event listing:

Have Fun While Making You and Your Bike More Visible!

Join us for our annual Make It Reflective Workshop:
Learn about passive vs. active visibility, get tips on what to use and where to place it, update your favorite coat or bag with extra-sparkly visibility.

Who: Experienced cyclists who sew will help make both you and your bike the most obvious moving vehicle on the road.

What: Bring what you want modified (bikes, clothing, bags, outerwear, helmets, etc.)

Where: Active Transportation Alliance at 9 W. Hubbard St. (4th floor)

When: Dec. 5th from 5:00 pm until 9 pm (stay as long as you like, but plan on at least 15 minutes per item being modified).

Cost: $5 (donations are greatly appreciated to help defray the costs of materials).

For more information, contact Jane Healy at repto at aol dot com.

This workshop is the second one this season; I missed the first one held on November 6 – just in time for the time change and onset of more darkness.

And such an event is just one of many events already on the Bike Winter calendar.

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Know Your Rights in a bicycle crash

Please take note of this event going on tonight at Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance Headquarters:

This Crash Support Crash Course & Legal Clinic is a free event that is open to the public, and especially relevant to anyone who has recently been in a bicycle related crash.

Know Your Rights: A Crash Support Crash Course & Legal Clinic
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
6-8PM
Active Transportation Alliance Headquarters
9 West Hubbard, Suite 402, Chicago

Learn what to do after a bicycle related crash and get real life advice from crash support attorneys. Participants will have an opportunity to privately meet with crash support attorneys to talk about the status of any pending cases or insurance claims. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Active Trans’ Crash Support Program, visit: http://www.activetrans.org/crashsupport

Facebook event listing:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132688133497357

Plus, take note of the crash support resources always available for bicycle crash victims as well as the FAQ for what to do after a crash.

Crash Support Group

If you’re looking for support and answers in the wake of a crash, join the Active Trans’ Crash Support Group.

The Crash Support Group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. It’s free, confidential and facilitated by a trained professional. Come talk to others who have also been in a crash.

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Crash Hotline

Call our hotline, 312-869-HELP (4357), to learn about your options. Whether your questions are related to legal, insurance or advocacy issues, we’re ready to help.

Biking the Boulevards premieres in Chicago

Tonight the local Chicago PBS station will premiere a new program – Biking the Boulevards.

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As noted by the Active Transportation Alliance, narrator “Geoffrey Baer explores Chicago’s Boulevards on a bike and reveals some of the rich history behind Chicago’s cycling community.” If you’re in Chicago, consider joining your fellow cyclists to watch this program tonight – details available from Active Trans.

I’m excited that Chicago’s PBS station WTTW is bringing this bike-based tour of Chicago to the community, especially after reading about how PBS excluded a mention of the bicycle in its recently released documentary about transportation called Beyond Motor City.

WTTW invites you to “join Geoffrey Baer as he bikes across Chicago using a network of boulevards and takes a new look at old neighborhoods that emerged along these boulevards in the 19th century.” Watch Biking the Boulevards tonight at 7:30 and 9:30 pm (CST) on WTTW11! You may even share your story, explore the interactive map, buy a DVD, and watch clips on their website for this Biking the Boulevards program.

Chicago’s L.A.T.E. Ride – new route, new time

This weekend the annual L.A.T.E. Ride in Chicago will cycle through Chicago neighborhoods as a fundraiser for the organization Friends of the Parks. Last year, the ride celebrated its 21st year. It’s a great way to see the city all lit up – and maybe venture off your typical bike commuting route.

This year the L.A.T.E. Ride will have a new route – highlights include the South Loop, Chinatown, Greek Town, Chicago’s historic “Emerald Necklace” and much more!

Night-of registrations will be accepted.

New this year – we begin riding at 12 midnight!

Schedule of Events:
10:00pm – Midnight: Night-of-Event Packet Pick-Up and On-Site Registration, helmet sales and bike repairs by Village Cycle Center, plus live music by Four Man Band.

11:00pm: Head for the stage for our annual BEST LIT BIKE and BEST DECORATED HELMET contests. Prizes will be awarded. Be creative!

11:50pm: Look for your color group (Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow) along Columbus Drive. Listen for instructions.

Midnight – 12:45pm: Step-Off! We’ll release riders south along Columbus Drive starting with VIP riders followed by five regular waves in about eight-minute intervals. Rider numbers are color-coded according and will be released in this order:
1)VIPs 2) Blue 3) Green 4) Red 5) Orange 6) Yellow

Also new – while you wait for the sun to rise over Lake Michigan enjoy an all-you-can-eat optional breakfast from Goose Island – Cost is only $7.00 per person, $2.00 of which benefits Friends of the Parks.

See you Long After Twilight Ends…

Green Festival – free admission if you bike there

The Chicago Green Festival is this weekend (May 22-23, 2010), a time to celebrate what’s working in our communities. This event showcases more than 350 diverse local and national green businesses.

And the best part…
COURTESY OF THE CLIF BAR 2 MILE CHALLENGE: BIKE TO GREEN FESTIVAL FOR FREE ADMISSION!
http://www.greenfestivals.org/chicago/
http://www.facebook.com/GreenFestival

The Chicago Green Festival® is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. In addition to highlighting local businesses (including our friends at PoCampo), more than 150 renowned speakers will appear for insightful panel discussions and presentations. Attendees will also enjoy great how-to workshops, green careers, a Fair Trade pavilion, Youth Unity Pavilion, kids’ activities, delicious organic beer, wine and cuisine, and live music. Find out how Midwest neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their cities healthier places to live.

Here are the details:
May 22-23, 2010
Saturday – 10am – 7pm
Sunday – 11am – 6pm

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611