Breakthrough!

See: IL HB0043: http://tinyurl.com/pedsrock

Thanks to House Representative Luis Arroyo and other members of General Assembly, Illinois now joins 11 other states in support of human rights in the public roadways.

No longer will motorists be legally allowed to trump pedestrians who attempt to cross in a crosswalk.  The automobile rein of the road is eroding.

Car Berator - Vol.2, Issue 1

Dear Gridlock Breakers,

Bike Boulevards Now!

Bike Boulevards Now! is a brand new advocacy group in Chicago forming to discuss how to get Bike Boulevards started in Chicago.  Bike Boulevards Now! is a provisional member organization of Break The Gridlock.

Watch this space for more information soon about this group.

The Car Cult

There are people in this city who believe, in spite of an abundance of opposing evidence and logic, that cars belong.  They are dead wrong.

ANSWER gets it wrong on parking

ANSWER Chicago ("Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is a generally progressive group that has been one of the main organizers of anti-war and pro-immigrant demonstrations in Chicago in the last few years.  They unfortunately have become yet another example of accidental and misguided pro-car activism.  Recently, they opined on the issues of parking and parking rates:

http://www.chicagoanswer.net/ParkingMeter.htm

Break The Gridlock supports Michael Moore's call to move away from the automobile.

Today, the date the General Motors bankruptcy was announced, Michael Moore released letter entitled "Goodbye, GM ...by Michael Moore". In the letter, he recognizes the problem the private automobile is having on our society. Micheal Moore says of cars: "To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet." He then editorializes on his suggested changes to national policy on in the wake of the event.

Break The Gridlock Acquires 501(c)(3) Status

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.

Ghost Bike to Memorialize Slain Cyclist- September 11, 2008

Family, friends and community members will unite to install a “ghost bike” to memorialize the death of Logan Square resident Blanca Ocasio on the one-year anniversary of her tragic September 2007 death. The installation is to take place at the intersection of Armitage Ave. and Kedzie Boulevard on Chicago’s northwest side.

New BTG Campaign: Summer School!

Friends,
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.

Event Poster Here

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Break the Gridlock to host group ride to film showing. August 15, 2008

On Friday August 15, 2008, members of Break the Gridlock will lead a group bike ride to a screening of the award winning film "Kilowatt Ours" at Café Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, in the Little Village neighborhood. The ride will gather at the Logan Square monument at the intersection of Kedzie Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. at 5:30pm and leave at 5:45pm. The slowest rider will determine the pace.

View the press release for details about the film and event

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