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Lee Crandell
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  • Chicago, IL
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Carfree Chicago

State Street Going Car-Free for Open Streets Oct. 1

What happens when people are freed from the confines of cars and crowded sidewalks and invited to take over the street? You can find out October 1 at Open Streets on State Street!

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), will transform a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, into the ultimate urban playground for all ages, Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Bike the Drive Is Just Over a Week Away!

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Next Sunday, May 29, the Active Transportation Alliance will transform Lake Shore Drive into a bicycle nirvana. Don't miss this once-a-year chance to experience the joys of a carfree lakefront. Kick off your summer with tens of thousands of other cyclists enjoying a leisurely ride with great views of the lake and skyline. The forecast is even predicting perfect weather for the day. Registering for Bike the Drive also supports important advocacy to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in the region.

Register today at http://www.bikethedrive.org . Carfree Chicago readers can save $5 with coupon code SMASHING5.

CTA's Least Walkable Train Stations

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Chicago has an incredible train system with 144 stations providing access to many great walkable neighborhoods, and that's not even counting Metra stations. The combination of walking to transit is what allows city residents to be less dependent on their cars. But there are also stations in not-so-walkable areas, surrounded by freeways, vacant lots or suburban-style development. I took a look at the Carfree Chicago Train Stop Guide to find the CTA's ten least walkable stations. The Train Stop Guide lists Walk Scores for each train station, which gives a sense of whether the station has lots of people and activity within convenient walking distance. Below are the least walkable stations listed with Walk Scores.

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You're already an Active Trans member at heart. Become a member in action!

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You want safer streets in your community so you can cross the road without worrying about getting hit. You wish the Chicago region had more bike lanes and trails so you would feel more comfortable biking to work or visiting the park with your family. And you wish you had reliable and affordable transit options that were easy to get to and easy to use.

Even though you might not realize it, you're probably already an Active Transportation Alliance member at heart. And Active Trans is already working on your behalf to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit. But by becoming a member in action, you can put more power behind their vision of a Chicagoland with half as many crashes and where half of all trips are made by biking, walking and transit. Active Trans is at a critical point on the road to making its vision a reality, and they need support from people like you to make it happen. Your support is the strength behind the movement!

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Fast trains under attack in Wisconsin

I've been looking forward to the new train service planned between Chicago and Madison, Wis. So I was disappointed to hear that Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for Governor in Wisconsin, has launched a major attack against passenger trains in Wisconsin. Please ask your friends in Wisconsin to show their support for passenger rail expansion.

Wisconsin was awarded Recovery Act funds to extend the successful Amtrak Hiawatha from Milwaukee to Madison. Walker has promised to stop construction if he is elected.

This week, he held an anti-train rally in Milwaukee and began running TV ads promising to "stop this train." He even set up a special website: http://www.NoTrain.com

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association has set up an action page where Wisconsin residents can show their support. Please show your support for Amtrak expansion at:

http://www.midwesthsr.org/wisconsin

 

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Profile Information

What I ride:
Cyclocross
The kind of riding I do:
Commuting, Around Town
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://www.carfreechicago.com

Latest Activity

Lee Crandell replied to h' 1.0's discussion Carfree folks: What's the number one thing you would do if you had use of a car for a weekend?
"I think the only reason we ever rent or borrow a car is if we leave town for the weekend for somewhere like Southwest Michigan. So in reverse, if I randomly had a car for a weekend, I might consider taking advantage of a short getaway. Check out…"
Oct 4
Lee Crandell replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion The shoaling thread - understanding this phenomenon
"I don't think so. I already ride slowly, and when I know there's a red light ahead I coast slowly so I hopefully don't have to stop before the light turns green. I have a single-speed upright posture bike and I like to feel relaxed…"
Sep 27
Lee Crandell replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion The shoaling thread - understanding this phenomenon
"I don't know if it's "shoaling," but I encounter this behavior far more often, and it's far more frustrating. When I would commute down Lincoln Ave., there were slow-riding regulars who I'd encounter every week who…"
Sep 27
Loan L. might attend Lee Crandell's event
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Bike Lake View & Sunday Play Spot Pop-Up Plaza at Seminary & Waveland (Northwest corner of Wrigley Field)

September 14, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake View, then hang out at Sunday Play Spot -- a pop-up plaza with free games and activities for all ages (http://www.sundayplayspot.com). Bike Lake View is a free hour-long neighborhood social ride geared toward all of our neighbors -- bring your kids and your grandparents! Get to know your neighbors while exploring our bicycle-friendly neighborhood. What: Bike…See More
Sep 14
Lee Crandell posted an event
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Bike Lake View & Sunday Play Spot Pop-Up Plaza at Seminary & Waveland (Northwest corner of Wrigley Field)

September 14, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake View, then hang out at Sunday Play Spot -- a pop-up plaza with free games and activities for all ages (http://www.sundayplayspot.com). Bike Lake View is a free hour-long neighborhood social ride geared toward all of our neighbors -- bring your kids and your grandparents! Get to know your neighbors while exploring our bicycle-friendly neighborhood. What: Bike…See More
Sep 9
Lee Crandell replied to Asper K's discussion 'Walk your bike on the sidewalk' sting operation...I got a ticket as did others
"Where exactly were you riding? I'm pretty sure it's perfectly legal to ride on the sidewalk if you're in a Chicago Park District park, including Grant Park. The distinction is a little murky around Grant Park, but you should be able…"
Sep 7
Lee Crandell is attending Dan Hughes's event
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Bike Scavenger Hunt in Lakeview at Lakeview Chicago

August 24, 2014 from 10:30am to 1pm
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is hosting a FREE bike scavenger hunt for people of all ages and bicycling skill levels on Sunday, August 24, from 10:30am to 1pm. Participants will explore Lakeview by bicycle and be introduced to businesses participating in the Bike-Friendly Business discount program. Solve riddles, find hidden gems within the neighborhood, meet fellow Lakeview neighbors and more!The event…See More
Aug 20
Lee Crandell liked Dan Hughes's event Bike Scavenger Hunt in Lakeview
Aug 20
Lee Crandell replied to Jeff Schneider's discussion Cyclist Discount No More
"Here's a long list of great biking discounts just in Lakeview: http://www.bikefriendlylakeview.com/ 45 businesses, including Intelligentsia, and still getting new businesses signing up! "
Aug 19
Lee Crandell replied to Julia 3.5/7.5 mi's discussion New bike lanes on Harrison
"I love this project. They'll be adding a right turn lane to the right of the bike lane. It should make more sense when it's done. You can see the plans here, which include a mix of types of bikeways along the street:…"
Jul 8
Lee Crandell replied to jolondon30's discussion Bike Lanes Painted on B'way Between Wilson and Lawrence - woo hoo!
"You can find the plans here: http://chicagocompletestreets.org/your-streets/bikeways/proposed-projects/ At the "L"/Leland/Clifton, there will now by a right-turn only lane onto Clifton, with bikes only allowed to proceed in the right lane…"
Jun 13
Lee Crandell posted a discussion

West Town & Lakeview Launch ‘Bike Friendly Business Districts,’ Discount Program for Biking

New program offers discounts for customers who arrive by bike; kickoff events to coincide with Chicago Bike Week Chicago, IL (June 9, 2014) – On a typical day, more people ride on the Milwaukee Avenue protected ‘Spoke Route’ through West Town than almost any other street in the country. Chicago’s Lakefront Trail through Lakeview is also the busiest trail in the country. As a growing number of people continue using bicycles as a part of their daily lives and the city continues to invest in safer…See More
Jun 9
Lee Crandell posted an event
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Bike Lake View - Monthly Neighborhood Bike Ride at Seminary & Waveland (Northwest corner of Wrigley Field)

June 8, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake View. Get to know your neighbors while exploring our bicycle-friendly neighborhood.Bike Lake View is a free hour-long neighborhood social ride geared toward all of our neighbors -- bring your kids and your grandparents! Our neighborhood police will be riding with us again this month.What: Bike Lake View neighborhood bike rideWhen: 10 a.m., Sunday, June 8 (Second Sunday every month)Where: Meet at Seminary…See More
Jun 5
Lee Crandell and Tim Frick are now friends
Jun 5
Lee Crandell is attending Dan Hughes's event
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Lakeview Bike Friendly Business District Informational Workshop at JP Burke's Patio & Tap

May 20, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce welcomes all community residents, business owners and bikers to an information session & workshop around a new Bike Friendly Business District program.  The program is being launched to promote shopping local and to create a more bike-friendly Lakeview community. A Bike Friendly Business District is a commercial zone where local business owners and community groups actively promote biking as part of their neighborhood “brand” and encourage biking though…See More
May 12
Lee Crandell posted an event
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Bike Lake View - Monthly Neighborhood Bike Ride at Seminary & Waveland (Northwest corner of Wrigley Field)

March 9, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
-- This winter couldn't keep us away forever -- Bike Lake View is back on! It may be snowing Saturday, but it's looking like we're in for some warmer weather for Sunday to help melt away the snow and ice. And don't forget, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins March 9, so be sure your clocks are set forward an hour before you come meet us at 10 a.m. Ending at LooseLeaf Lounge (2915 N Broadway) after March ride. --Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake…See More
Mar 9

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