Go Evanston Kick-off Rally Recap

Thank you for joining us at the Go Evanston Kick-off Rally last Thursday night! Evanston Now covered the event. If you missed it, here's what you should know.

  • We had a great turn out -- 40 energized folks who care deeply about active transportation and want to encourage others to make more trips by walking, bicycling and using transit.

  • The results of the Go Evanston Transportation Survey (500+ respondents!) indicate that safety of non-motorists is a top concern for people in Evanston -- especially at intersections and cycling to schools, parks, community centers and businesses.  Improving and expanding transit options is a priority for those not satisfied with their current transportation choices.  

  • Our "dots on a map" exercise helped us identify some troublesome intersections where we may be able to work with the community and City officials to pilot some new approaches to safety.

  • Our three breakout groups inspired conversations around Go Evanston's two major action streams -- advocacy/speaking out and education/encouragement.

Some of the ideas discussed and actions embraced included:

  • Getting the City to recognize Bike Route/Lane - Maintenance as a 311 category.

  • Making sure that folks from the Go Evanston group are at every public meeting to speak out for the needs and concerns of pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

  • Organizing a "bike rodeo" for kids at the YMCA this June.

  • Introducing a curriculum in 4th or 5th grade PE classes that teaches kids safe riding and walking skills.

  • Holding a 1-year anniversary group bike ride (this summer) along the Dodge Avenue protected bike lanes, possibly paired with an event along the route.

  • Holding a kids bike swap, possibly paired with a bike repair and safety class, sometime this fall before Bike the Ridge.

If you weren’t able to make it, no need to worry. Send us an email at [email protected] or contact us via Facebook and let us know how you'd like to help.  Thanks so much for your support – we’re excited to get Evanston GOing!