About Break the Gridlock

Break the Gridlock is a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting appropriate transportation through the support of grass roots efforts.

See more here. Read below for Break The Gridlock news and visit our member's news page to see what's going on with our Member Organizations

Volunteer Signup now open for World Naked Bike Ride : Chicago

WNBR-C is proud to announce our new online volunteer signup system! Just answer a few simple questions such as phone # and confirm your email to be added to the Support discussions. For much more info see ChicagoNakedRide.org/volunteer

Winter Bike Swap 2014 February 15th 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join Break the Gridlock, the Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition, and Chicago Bike Winter for the Winter Bike Swap 2014.  Proceeds will benefit these same organizations.  We are also proud to have WLUW as our media sponsor. 

This year, the event has been scaled down and is returning to the site of the original Winter Bike Swap at Jaks Tap at 901 W Jackson in Chicago on Saturday February 15, 2014 from 11:00AM until 4:00PM. 

Vendor spaces are sold out!  Here is a list of who is going to be there:

  1. Active Transportation Alliance
  2. Adventure Cycling Association
  3. Al Robertson
  4. BFF Bikes
  5. Bicycle Illinois
  6. Big Shoulders Realty/Chicago Velo
  7. Bike Winter
  8. Blue City Cycles
  9. Boulevard Bikes
  10. Break the Gridlock
  11. Carolyn Kassnoff
  12. Chicago Cycling Club
  13. Chicago Ride of Silence
  14. Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition
  15. Ciclo Urbano
  16. Freeman Kevenides Law Firm
  17. HPI/Gambit Coaching
  18. Humble Frameworks
  19. Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices
  20. Illinois Bike Attorneys
  21. Jose Alcala
  22. Knickerbakken
  23. Kozie Prery
  24. Lakeshore Division | American Cancer Society
  25. Legacy Frameworks
  26. Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago
  27. Monday Night Bike Build
  28. Po Campo
  29. Rails to Trails
  30. Sara Earhart
  31. The Chainlink
  32. The Racketeers
  33. Todd Boring
  34. Trek On Michigan Avenue
  35. West Town Bikes
  36. Willow Naeco
  37. WLUW
  38. Working Bikes

Admission will be $5 at the door, or $20 with a one-year membership to the Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition and a free Winter Bike Swap t-shirt, in advance or at the door. You can also purchase a Winter Bike Swap t-shirt and entrance to the swap for $17. Here it is:

We look forward to seeing you all at the Winter Bike Swap 2014!

More info:

http://facebook.com/events/643339455717690
http://thechainlink.org/events/winter-bike-swap-2014
http://breakthegridlock.org/bikeswap

 

Cargo Bike Roll Call Block Party this Saturday July 27th noon-7p

Cargo Bike Roll Call Block Party this Saturday July 27th noon-7p
West Town Bikes, 2459 W Division Street, 312-593-4857
http://chicagocargo.org

Chicago's TENTH World Naked Bike Ride is June 8th

Chicago's TENTH World Naked Bike Ride is
Saturday June 8th 2013 - Gather 6pm, Ride 8pm.

Join the board!

Soliciting new members! You get to be on a 501.c3 board, meet every few months often at a bar, network about Chicago bicycling, and sometimes give away money.

Interested?  Join us on May 30th:
http://facebook.com/events/407358369285918

CDOT's New Logo

According to a Chicago Tribune story, the The Chicago Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a new logo.

 

 In the spirit of CDOT and it's new leader Gabe Klien's new-found love of Appropriate Transportation, we'd like to propose the following logo:

 

Thank you! (was Volunteers Needed for May 22 Urban Assault Ride)

Update: A million thanks to all the volunteers who came out to support this event, which grew by 63% over last year's ride!

We are thrilled to announce that year's Urban Assault Ride, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, will benefit Break the Gridlock, The Chainlink and West Town Bikes.  Our task is to recruit volunteers for jobs such as beer security at Murphy's Bleachers and helping (and cheering) at checkpoints. 

Sign up here: http://urbanassaultride.com/chicago/volunteer/npo
(NOT the link you see from the main Urban Assault page.)

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, food, drinks, and beer (21 and older). As an added incentive, our friends at the Active Transportation Alliance are offering Urban Assault volunteers a discount for Bike the Drive, which is the following weekend.  Enter GRIDLOCK5 for online registration at www.bikethedrive.org

Please consider volunteering for this fun event. Your time helps support local causes that promote biking and reduce car dependency.

Why was 86-year-old driving?

Why do 86-year-olds drive?  Because most of their life in America has been tied to automobile dependency.

This mother's editorial in the Chicago Tribune reminds me of another reason to support funding for public transportation.  As the Baby Boomer generation ages, I fear we may see more preventable tragedies on our roadways.

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