Break The Gridlock invites individuals in the Appropriate Transportation advocate/activist community to join our Board of Directors. Joining Break The Gridlock's board is the best way to help Chicago's grass-roots activist community grow and thrive.
Board members serve for (about) one year and will help BTG continue the into it's second year since its re-founding. The board will work towards furthering the organization's mission as well as growing the organization and its capacity.
Our second unHappy Hour will happen on Sepember 15th, 2010, 7pm at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 North Western (at Fullerton).
This month, we'll be welcoming Break The Gridlock Member Organization Bike Winter. We will talk about how all season riding fits into overall efforts to promote car-freedom and share tips for convincing others to stay in the saddle year round.
Think of this as a "train the trainer" event. Veteran Bike Winter hucksters will demonstrate different strategies for getting your friends, co-workers and strangers in the check-out line to keep rolling as the temps drop. Content (what do I say?) and delivery (how do I say it?) will be addressed.
Participants will leave with a BW starter promo kit, including stickers from past years, spare gaitors to hand out to other faltering cyclists, and notes for future reference. And, there will be a quiz!
Bike Winterites will also share quick tips for braving the cold, wet, windy days of fall. Remember: Bike Fall is harder than Bike Winter. More on Bike Fall and planning BW events (and the unveiling of the 2011 sticker!) will be at the 9/22 kick off meeting--right after the car-free day rally.
The presentation/formal discussion will start at 7pm and last about an hour. People are encouraged to stick around afterwards to mingle and scheme.
The unHappyHour is Break The Gridlock's bi-monthly social event seeking to bring together those interested in BTG's mission to reduce automobile dependency. Each event will generally start with short presentations followed by unstructured time where participants can come together, hear short presentations, and discuss Chicago's growing Appropriate Transportation movement. We are unhappy with the state of Chicago's transportation networks, but optimistic that we can make them better!
No RSVP is necessary.
The first Break The Gridlock unHappy Hour will take place on July 21st, 2010 from 7:00pm to 9pm at Quenchers Saloon at 2401 North Western (at Fullerton).
This month's featured speakers:
Jason Rothstein, author of the new book Carless In Chicago,will speak about his book and car-free Living
Download a 4-up flyer for this event.
The unHappyHour is Break The Gridlock's bi-monthly social event seeking to bring together those interested in BTG's mission to reduce automobile dependency. Each event will generally start with short presentations followed by unstructured time where participants can come together, hear short presentations, and discuss Chicago's growing Appropriate Transportation movement.
No RSVP is necessary.
In honor of World Car-Free Day, Break The Gridlock will be hosting a rally/networking/self-propelled action, "One Million Less Cars!" at Daley Plaza, starting at 5:30pm, leaving at 6pm, ending at the Bike Winter Kick-Off Meeting, 7pm at the Billy Goat Tavern, 1535 W. Madison.
Break The Gridlock, Chicago’s support network for grassroots efforts to reduce car dependency, invites you to a summer celebration!
2425 N. Albany, in Chicago's first proposed Home Zone (see below)
Date: August 1, 2009
Starts 3pm, directly following the
Active Transportation Alliance's Open Streets event.
5pm - Break The Gridlock presentation
Party ends at 8pm
**Light refreshments including beer from Revolution Brewing and food from the Handlebar will be provided.**
To celebrate BTG’s new status as a 501(c)3 charitable organization
To banter and scheme about old and new projects
To convince YOU to get involved
To see the location of Chicago's first Home Zone proposal
Enter through breezeway from front.
Car parking spaces will be appropriated for bicycle parking.
CTA directions: take CTA Fullerton (#74) bus to Albany Ave
(one block east of Kedzie Blvd), or Blue Line to Logan Square stop
If you are planning to attend, or would like to volunteer to help with the party, please RSVP to
email@example.com (now that the event is over, this address is invalid, please see the contact page to get hold of us). Please forward to others who might be interested.
Yours in Car-freedom!
Break The Gridlock is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 501c3 designation by the I.R.S. This designation allows us to now accept charitable donations on behalf of our Member Organizations. Additionally, we can now begin our Individual Membership program allowing those who have a philosophical agreement with Break The Gridlock to add their voice to ours and provide us with the financial support necessary to continue and expand our service offerings to our Member Organizations.
BTG's newest campaign, "BTG Summer School", a series of educational workshops aimed at people considering switching to bicycle commuting for the first time, is underway!
The next workshop will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday September 30, in conjunction with Northeastern Illinois University's first annual Green Week.
Big City Biking
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark
We have restructured our website to reflect the ongoing evolution of Break the Gridlock. Our main purpose, which the website is now designed to facilitate, is providing services to our grass roots Member Organizations. Please feel free to offer any feedback. To reach us, see the contact information page.