Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

how to gift wrap a cat for Christmas

A friend sent me this. Good silly fun.

Friday, December 16, 2011

non sequitur Friday

A few old seasonal favorites.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Recyclery bike drive on 12/10

Do you have an old bike that you're no longer using? Would you consider donating it? This Saturday 12/10, the Recyclery is having a bike drive at Whole Foods in Evanston, 1111 Chicago Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who donates a bike will get a chance in a raffle for prizes such as an organic produce box from New Leaf Natural Grocery, a bike tune-up class at Recyclery, a set of REI bike panniers, and more. If you're not going to use your bike again, why not give it to someone who will?

Monday, December 05, 2011

building urban gardens - learning opportunity

Want to learn about organic gardening? Building Urban Gardens (BUGs) equips city-based community and backyard gardeners with the knowledge and hands-on training necessary to plant and grow organically. The next 6-week class starts 1/28/12 at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

making cycling safer in Chicago

You've probably heard or read a recent news story or two about the new protected bike lanes being added in the city.  Protected bike lanes can help create safer conditions for transportation riding, and the mayor has pledged 100 miles of new protected lanes between now and 2014.  You may be asking "what do these lanes look like and how do they help?"  Check out this link and view the videos and pictures there.  The 18th St. video offers a "before" and a "partially completed" view. The Kinzie St. video shows an "after" view.

Whether you are an everyday cyclist, someone who rides occasionally in the neighborhood, or someone who would like to be able to ride to neighborhood destinations but doesn't feel safe riding on anything but quiet streets or paths, the Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan would like to hear from you over the next several weeks.

The goal of this plan is to create conditions that will make it possible for a wider range of people to ride for transportation, so that people all over the city have more transportation options. 

What do they want to know?  Take a look at a map and spend a few minutes making a list of destinations you where would like to go by bike - library, work, train station, school, restaurant, a friend's home, the lakefront, etc.  Then make a list of barriers that currently make it difficult or impossible for you to ride to places you'd like to go - heavy traffic streets connecting neighborhoods, railroad viaducts, expressways, bridges with fast traffic and no safe place for bikes, etc.

The first public meeting will be next Saturday 12/10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 23 E. Madison.  There will also be public meetings in January and February.  The north side meeting will be Wednesday 2/1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln.  If you're unable to attend one of the public meetings, but would like send your lists by e-mail, please click here.

You can find additional updates on the Chicago Dept. of Transportation Bike Program page.

Please share this information with anyone you know who rides for transportation and anyone who currently does not but might like to if conditions were safer.