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Break the Gridlock Conference, October 3 - Chicago

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  • Robert J. Matter
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2004 Chicagoans Waste 56 Hours of Life Per Year in Traffic Delay – Break the Gridlock Offers Grassroots Solutions Sixth
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 18, 2004
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2004

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

      Sixth 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 6th 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 www.breakthegridlock.org or contact Nate Hutcheson at
      (773)325-1909 or natehutcheson@....

      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.

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