WBEZ | Active Transportation Alliance http://www.wbez.org/tags/active-transportation-alliance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Immigrants weave through Affordable Care Act Website http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-13/morning-shift-immigrants-weave-through-affordable <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr SEIU International.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at the unique obstacles immigrants face when signing up for the Affordable Care Act. Plus, the sultry sounds of Brazilian artist Dom la Nena live in studio.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-immigrants-and-the-affordable-care-a/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-immigrants-and-the-affordable-care-a.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-immigrants-and-the-affordable-care-a" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Immigrants weave through Affordable Care Act Website" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-13/morning-shift-immigrants-weave-through-affordable Walkable Cities: Revolution at a leisurely pace http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/walkable-cities-revolution-leisurely-pace-98894 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4125288737_98d0b4ba0d_z_4.jpg" style="width: 493px; height: 493px;" title=""></div></div><p>Since the creation of the automobile, the way Americans think about travel has stayed relatively static. Where cities were once hyper-dense areas abuzz with ambulation, the 1920s brought with them widening streets and sprawling suburbs. Pedestrians became obstacles, moving stop signs that halted the flow of traffic, fodder for the ever-present sound of car horns. The automobile shaped our cities, our towns, our mindsets. As such, Americans walk less and drive more than any other industrialized nation. Somewhere near the beginning of the last century, the car drove itself into the forefront of our collective consciousness, applied its parking brake, and took up permanent residence.</p><p>But, there's change (and terrible puns) afoot.</p><p>Communities of all sizes are working with their Departments of Transportation to create more walkable neighborhoods, real estate brokers are measuring quality of location by measuring pedestrian friendliness and sites like Walkscore.com went from being a small startup to being a Mecca for both renters and buyers. While it may not be a full-on walkers' revolution, it's definitely a great place to start.</p><p>But, what does "walkability" actually mean? How do we define what makes a city or neighborhood walkable? Melody Geraci, Deputy Director of the Active Transportation Alliance, and WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey join Steve Edwards on <em>Afternoon Shift</em> to take an in-depth stroll through the definitions and applications of walkability.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 09:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/walkable-cities-revolution-leisurely-pace-98894 Achieving harmony in a city of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/achieving-harmony-city-pedestrians-cyclists-and-drivers-91553 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/Safety Summit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>How can we make it safer for cars, bikes and pedestrians to get around the city? <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> listeners offered their pedaling pet-peeves, vehicle vexations and on-foot frustrations. <a href="http://www.activetrans.org/blog/1043" target="_blank">Adolfo Hernandez</a>, the Director of<strong> </strong>Outreach and Advocacy for the<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.activetrans.org/" target="_blank">Active Transportation Alliance</a>, and Brent Johnston, who taught driver's ed at <a href="http://central.hinsdale86.org" target="_blank">Hinsdale Central High School</a> for 34 years and now co-chairs the Legislative Task Force for the <a href="http://www.ihscdea.org/" target="_blank">Illinois High School &amp; College Driver Education Association</a>, joined the conversation.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/achieving-harmony-city-pedestrians-cyclists-and-drivers-91553 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 State to track incidents of 'dooring' bicyclists http://www.wbez.org/story/state-track-incidents-dooring-bicyclists-85643 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/Bicyclists_Getty_Justin Sullivan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you're riding your bike and you run into an open car door, the state of Illinois wants to hear about it.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced that Illinois is now tracking such accidents - known as "dooring" crashes. Quinn's office says the goal is to determine where road improvements and public outreach efforts may be needed to protect bicyclists.&nbsp; The governor says he wants to make roads safer for everyone.</p><p>Information on dooring will be collected and analyzed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety is giving law enforcement agencies across the state instructions on how to begin recording dooring crashes.</p><p>Data from police departments that already track dooring collisions, including Chicago, will be included in Illinois' traffic statistics, retroactive to May 2010.</p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/state-track-incidents-dooring-bicyclists-85643 Dear Chicago: Make biking, walking safer http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-make-biking-walking-safer <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/LV 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe width="599" height="449" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21502983?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever ventured out into one of Chicago&rsquo;s famous six-corner intersections, you know the streets don&rsquo;t always feel safe. The facts bear this out. In 2009 there were over 4,500 crashes between Chicago drivers and pedestrians or cyclists, 35 of which were fatal. This is according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which tracks traffic statistics. (However, as the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-20/classified/ct-met-getting-around-0221-20110320_1_dooring-clinton-miceli-bicyclists">reported recently</a>, these numbers do not include <em>dooring</em>, a common type of bicycle crash that has been excluded from state record-keeping.) &nbsp;</p><p>Adolfo Hernandez, 28, wants to see these numbers change. &ldquo;I think it would be great if the city said one fatality on our roads is one fatality too many,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t have pedestrian deaths or people on bicycles killed by automobiles.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hernandez is in a rare position to bend city government&rsquo;s ear on this topic. In addition to serving as director of advocacy and outreach for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group dedicated to making cycling, walking and public transit &ldquo;safe, convenient and fun,&rdquo; Hernandez was recently named to Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s transition team. Last week he traveled to Seville, Spain. He and officials from U.S. cities toured cycling infrastructure that Seville has installed. According to Hernandez, changes to Seville&rsquo;s streets have resulted in an additional 60,000 daily bike rides above the 6,000 the city saw just three years ago. Hernandez calls that &ldquo;a dramatic shift.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Many factors can contribute to making streets safer. One of them is infrastructure&mdash;the way city streets are planned and built. Here, Hernandez explains why he wants Chicago to build infrastructure designed to protect vulnerable users in every neighborhood. <br /><br /><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. Adolfo Hernandez was nominated for the series by the <a href="http://chicagourbanartsociety.tumblr.com/">Chicago Urban Art Society</a>.</p><p><br /><em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The producer was a victim of a hit-and-run dooring accident in 2008.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-make-biking-walking-safer The Weekly Guide: Choices for an environmentally-friendly weekend http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-25/weekly-guide-choices-environmentally-friendly-weekend-84242 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/Critical mass.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Picture a Saturday night, the mood is right, you&rsquo;re feeling good, and you turn off the lights. Maybe you have that much fun every Saturday night. But if you dim the bulbs this Saturday you&rsquo;ll be doing it for a cause. <a href="http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx" target="_blank">Earth Hour</a> takes place on March 26 at 8:30 p.m.<br /><br />Countries around the world will kill the lights to preserve a few watts of energy for the environment. But being environmentally sound lasts more than just a night for some people. Some make it their day to day mission. Like <a href="http://www.activetrans.org/staff/ethan-spotts" target="_blank">Ethan Spotts</a>. Ethan&rsquo;s the Director of Marketing and Communications at the <a href="http://www.activetrans.org/" target="_blank">Active Transportation Alliance</a>. Active Trans encourages everyone to find environmentally sound ways to get around. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share his plans for the weekend as part of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide" target="_blank"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.<br /><strong><br />Ethan's Weekend:</strong><br /><br /><b><br />Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m:</b> <a href="http://chicagocriticalmass.org/artshow" target="_blank">The March Critical Mass ride</a> and The 14th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show<br /> <b><b><br />Saturday, March 26:</b><br /><a href="http://www.thechainlink.org/events/open-shop-10" target="_blank">Open shop at West Town Bikes</a><b><br /> </b><a href="http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx" target="_blank">Earth Hour</a><br /> <b><br /> Sunday, March 27:<br /> </b><a href="http://www.thechainlink.org/events/champagne-ride-1" target="_blank">Chicago Cycling Club Champagne</a><br /> <a href="http://www.artic.edu/" target="_blank">The Art Institute</a> and Dinner at <a href="http://davesik.com/" target="_blank">Dave&rsquo;s Italian Kitchen</a></b></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-25/weekly-guide-choices-environmentally-friendly-weekend-84242