Cal-Sag Cycles - Blue Island

We make a video.

When the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail posted the map of the Cal-Sag Trail we knew one thing: we had to ride it. More importantly, we had to be the FIRST to ride it!

So a little over a week later we were on the road to Lemont with Steve from Trails for Illinois to test this thing out. Verdict: this trail is AMAZING! Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges right now - it isn’t officially “built” yet (you can change that with a DONATION to the Cal-Sag Trail, ya know)… but the mix of experiences, from rural fire road, forgotten bridges, on-road daring, little seen views of the Cal-Sag Channel, urban exploration, historic architecture and roadside Americana is not to be beat. Heck, we don’t know anything that can even rival this. Cal-Sag Trail, we love you!

So the next time someone asks you: “When will the Cal-Sag Trail be built?” Simply answer, “it’s there for you to find.”

Cross My Street

Why do pedestrians cross midblock? Cos intersections suck and were made for cars! Stumbled on these animations from Commute Orlando on chainlink. Our favorite is It’s Not a Mystery Why Pedestrians Cross Midblock. Follow our friend as he attempts to get to the bus stop. Too true!

Photos from Momma Henry’s Trek welcome party in BI. MHT is riding across the US raising funds for LLS. You can donate here.

The SouthtownStar captured the event in their story, Cross country cyclists brake for hometown of Blue Island.

Friday Night Bike Club (by bikinmom)
Hard you believe that you are in Chicago here…The beauty of the Calumet River is enchanting.

Friday Night Bike Club (by bikinmom)

Hard you believe that you are in Chicago here…
The beauty of the Calumet River is enchanting.

gridchicago:

Tour. De. Fat. 
Bikes. Beer. Carnival. It raised over $24,000 for West Town Bikes. 
See more photos on Grid Chicago.

gridchicago:

Tour. De. Fat. 

Bikes. Beer. Carnival. It raised over $24,000 for West Town Bikes. 

See more photos on Grid Chicago.

Momma Henry’s Trek Celebration

Traveling cross country by bike, 4 Eisenhower grads are raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Momma Henry passed away in November 2011, and in honor of her fight and to help other families supported by the LLS, they have already raised $10,000 with their trek. Let’s help them raise more.

On Friday, July 27, Blue Islanders are hosting a welcome party for the trekkers: David, Jonathan, Guadalupe, and Carlos. To say we’re proud of them is an understatement. This crew is inspiring. And we’re ready to party.

So give them the welcome they deserve Uptown at Central Park, NE corner of York and Western in Blue Island. Party from 6p - 9p. We’ll hear road stories, there’s a band, food and other fun planned. See you there!

Bike sharing: solving the last mile. Amazing video from China!

Mary cruisin’ down Highland Ave in Blue Island for our History n Hollywood tour (by bikinmom)

Mary cruisin’ down Highland Ave in Blue Island for our History n Hollywood tour (by bikinmom)

History ‘n Hollywood Bike Ride

Flags of Our Fathers on Highland Ave in Blue IslandThis Friday, June 15 we’ll be hosting another bike ride in Blue Island: History n Hollywood!  We’ll be stopping at sites featured in movies and television while exploring local history… and ending with a special sneak-peak screening at THE LYRIC THEATER!  The screening will be open just for bike riders, so you won’t want to miss it!

Active Transportation Alliance will be meeting commuters at the Vermont Street Station on Friday evening.  We’ll gather at Uptown Park (NE corner of York and Western Ave) between 5:30 and 6:30pm.  The patio will be open at Tenochtitlan and we encourage everyone to grab a bite to eat!  We’ll begin and end here, so we can hang out with Eli after the ride as well.

The ride pushes off from the Park at 6:30pm.  Our route will take us past sites seen in Early Edition, Flags of Our Fathers, The Express, and The Rite (see it on google maps).  We cruise at an easy pace, stopping at each site.  The route is a little over a mile-and-a-half, so even part-time riders will be comfortable and are encouraged to come!  Heck, bring the whole family!  We will be riding as a group on Western Avenue in Uptown, so please be safe and considerate to your fellow cyclists and others that we share the road with.  Brush up on safety tips from Active Trans. 

If you missed out last year, pics are here on flickr.  Looks like fun, right?!  Don’t miss out on this unique ride and special tour of The Lyric Theater.  As an added bonus, the first 50 riders get a Bike Commuter Challenge goodie bag courtesy of Active Trans.