Jane Healy, Mike Healy and Jason Berry.
[This piece also appeared in Checkerboard City, John’s weekly transportation column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets in print on Wednesday evenings.]
Jane Healy is a diehard booster of the blue-collar south suburb of Blue Island, and she’s the ultimate biker mama. [I borrowed this phrase from J. Harry Wray’s book Pedal Power, which also profiles Jane, since I couldn’t think of a better term to describe her.] Along with her husband Mike and kids Will, Katie and Genevieve, she usually pedals to get around this scruffy railroad town of some 22,500 people, located just south of Chicago and straddling the Calumet-Sag Channel. Jane is board president of the Active Transportation Alliance advocacy group, and she’s been spearheading Blue Island’s current bike boom, helping get hundreds of local kids jazzed about cycling.
Continue reading Island delights: a bike tour of Blue Island with Active Trans’ Jane Healy
The Illinois Prairie Path as it passes through Elmhurst, Illinois. Photo by Clark Maxwell.
New research from two University of Cincinnati professors suggest that people are willing to pay more for a house near a multi-use trail. But research on this topic is hardly conclusive. There are studies that suggest the same, and others that suggest the opposite. Research is based on stated preferences (what people say they want; perception) or revealed preferences (using data that shows people’s choices; voting with your dollar). Continue reading People will pay more to live near a bike trail
To go along with my post about biking and walking in Riverdale, Illinois, this week’s Grid Shots is about cycling in the suburbs. Add your photos to our group on Flickr.
Practicing bicycling on the Illinois Prairie Path in Elmhurst, Illinois. Photo by Clark Maxwell. Continue reading Grid Shots: Cycling in the suburbs