Media Boot Camp night, May 29 2008

Break the Gridlock is sponsoring a semi-formal discussion relating to getting "our" message out to the media, at the New World Resource Center, 1300 N. Western Ave, on Thursday May 29 from 7 to 9 PM.

The discussion is borne of recent media focus on the safety of cycling in Chicago, and will center around how to speak to media to assure our message comes across and avoid being misquoted or misconstrued. We will have Margo O'Hara, communications director of CBF as well as other guests.

Panel Presentation Tues. 8/5/2008: Big City Biking

Big City Biking

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark

Break The Gridlock Show And Tell

On Feb 8th, 2008 Break The Gridlock will be hosting it's first Show And Tell of 2008.

Friday, February 8th, 2008 7pm - midnight Bloom Inn, 2418 W Bloomingdale Ave [map] Directions & Bike Parking

Free Beer & Food
(compliments of the Velorution Brewing Collective & BTG)

The 100th Anniversary of the Chicago Auto Show opens Friday, and over a million Chicagoans will be attending the week long showcase of America's reckless obsession with the automobile. Sounds like the perfect time to ignore the hype and create a forum for individuals looking for "Appropriate Transportation" solutions.

Why "Appropriate Transportation"? For too long have we used the term "alternative transportation" to describe our for a more sane culture of transportation for Chicago (i.e. cycling, walking, public transportation). This unfairly casts modes of transportation outside of the private automobile to the fringe, when in fact we're trying to make the city better for everyone, hence "appropriate".

BTG's Show & Tell Night is designed to let grassroots appropriate transportation activists and advocates share what they are up to and exchange ideas. We also encourage new commuting cyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation devotees to join us; there are many ways to take your desire for a Car-Free Chicago to the next level in 2008 - GET ACTIVE!

Participation is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

Tentative schedule includes:

  • West Town Bikes
  • College of Cycling
  • Chicago Women on Bikes
  • Chicago Green Ride 2008
  • Local depaving efforts, including news on (PARK)ing Day 2008 & Burnham Plan Centennial Bike Tour 2009
  • The Auto Show Shutdown Festival (happening the next day!)
  • Mr Bike seeks to learn whether and how attendees want to learn about the workings (and non-workings) of their governments.
  • Harry Wray, Professor of Political Science, DePaul University Author of Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life

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New Site

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.

Break the Gridlock Conference, October 3 - Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 16, 2004

Chicagoans Waste 56 Hours of Life Per Year in Traffic Delay –
Break the Gridlock Offers Grassroots Solutions

Fifth Annual Conference Will Help Reduce Chicago’s Car Dependency

4th Annual Break The Gridlock Conference

Break the Gridlock: Overcoming Car Dependency

Our fourth annual conference bringing together transportation advocates, planners, and policymakers to create a sustainable and equitable Chicago transportation system

Saturday, October 18, 2003
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse
1419 W. Blackhawk St.
Chicago, Illinois

The Pulaski Park Fieldhouse is easily accessible from the CTA Blue Line Division Street stop, #56 Milwaukee bus, #9 Ashland bus, or #70 Division Street bus.

2003 Conference Speakers:

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