I’m trying to picture their two largest fundraiser events …(both bike related) Bike the Drive and the and Boulevard Lakefront Tour with banners now reading “Chicagoland’s voice for better biking, walking and transit." A biking related event in which your money will also help work toward better walking and transit in Chicago… makes sense?
I hear where you are coming from Jason. I am more disappointed then confused about their future sponsorship….whereas in the past I knew that my contributions were going to a bicycle advocacy group now it’s not clear if my contributions will be spend for bicycling advocacy at all…
I understand their desire for collective grant writing but feel this was the wrong way to go about it. To simply tell their 6,000 existing members hey we changed our mission statement and name is disingenuous. A vote of some kind would have been more appropriate. After all as a member this is “our” organization... clearly those who work at the ATA and their board of directors felt otherwise.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has been doing pedestrian and public transit work for years. By being named the Chicagoland Bicycle Fedration it has limited the active transportation work that has been part of the work they've been doing for quite awhile. By having the name and mission more accurately describe the work that they already do the Active Transportation Alliance will be able to draw upon far more resources that will benefit bicycling, walking and transit.
I'm not sure what to think of opinions that believe that walking and transit hasn't been part of CBF's mission all along. As long as I've been active and involved with CBF (10 years or so) it's been part and in the scope of the mission. It hasn't been the main focus and I don't believe that it ever will be, but as Active Trans they will be able to gain more resources for some work that's been done all along.
BTW, Bike Winter does and has advocated for walking and transit plenty.
Also, Chicago Bike Federation was (evidently) an unsuccessful try at humor (I thought the sideways winking smiley face denoted that). ;-)
Don't worry, Active Trans is going to work as hard for bike issues as CBF ever did. Even harder I bet.
Whether you bike to the store, to work, for exercise, or for fun, you're entitled to safe and enjoyable bicycling. But you're hassled by heavy traffic, limited trails, and careless drivers. Since 1985 the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has attacked these problems, and more. We believe the bicycle can improve the way people live, and we're tired of transportation programs that favor automobile use at all costs. We want a future that offers people the chance to choose bicycling as a healthy way to get around.
The mission of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is to improve the bicycling environment and thereby the quality of life in the region. The Federation does this by promoting bicycle safety, education and facilities, and by encouraging use of the bicycle as an energy-efficient, economical, and nonpolluting form of transportation and as a healthful and enjoyable form of recreation.
The mission of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, founded in 1985, is to improve the bicycling environment and thereby the quality of life in the region. The Federation does this by promoting bicycle safety, education and facilities, and by encouraging use of the bicycle as an energy-efficient, economical and nonpolluting form of transportation and as a healthful and enjoyable form of recreation.