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

The Texas Transportation Institute recently released new findings that traffic delay in Chicago has more than doubled in the past decade, and is now higher than the average of other large cities. This condition is often called “gridlock” -- a symptom of a failing transportation system that relies too heavily on one mode of transport for too many people. That mode is the private automobile.

Help cure Chicago’s car-dependency! Come to the 5th annual Break the Gridlock Conference at Garfield Park Conservatory on Sunday, October 3. The half-day (12:00-4:00pm) event will focus on ways to organize and sustain local energy to improve Chicago’s conditions for bikers, walkers, and transit riders and reduce the dominant role of cars in our transportation system. Local experts, whose organizations have engaged and empowered citizens to play an active role in making positive change, will share knowledge from their own careers.

Keynote speaker: Mildred Wiley {Bethel New Life, Neighborhood Capital Budget Group)

Panel Discussion, “Harnessing and Sustaining Activism” with:
  Rick Martin & Sharon Feigon (Evanston's Transportation Future)
  Gin Kilgore (Logan Square Walks)
  Matt McDermott (United Power for Action and Justice)
  Brandon Zagorski (Working Bikes Cooperative)

The conference will include a light lunch, a panel/audience discussion on grassroots activism, some lively entertainment, and dynamic break-out sessions for specific interest areas. We kindly request advanced registration as space is limited and the cost is only $10 per person.

Register online at or contact Nate Hutcheson at (773)325-1909 or natehutcheson at

Break the Gridlock is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to overcoming car dependency in Chicago. The organization has been the launching point of such grassroots initiatives as the Zoning for Transportation Equity Coalition, Bike Winter, Cycling Sisters, Forever Free and Clear, and Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.