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Active Transportation Alliance, a group devoted to promoting bicycling, walking and public transit, has declared June 12-18 "Bike to Work Week." Last year, more than 320 companies participated, including the Chicago Sun-Times. Team leaders can click here to sign up their company. That person will encourage co-workers to bike at least one trip during the week, collect results and submit them online.

Because I live more than 30 miles from the office, and have to lug an 8-pound laptop everyday, I don't think I can bike all the way --- unless I'm up for an hours-long commute. But I may try biking to the closest Metra station, about a mile away, loading up the bike and then biking the 2 miles or so from the Route 59 Metra station to the office. Metra has boosted the amount of bikes it allows on the trains. You can check out your line here to see what is allowed.

Because I'm planning my bike-train commute on a weekend it shouldn't be as crowded nor will I have to worry as much about clothing, etc. But the alliance has some nice tips for people who need to worry about that type of stuff, check it out here.

Let me know if you have ditched the gas pedal for the bike pedal on your daily work commute. I'd be interested to hear how you do it. And I'll let everyone know how my two-wheel adventure worked out.

Get ready Route 59 drivers, all eyes will be on you on Tuesday. At least the eyes of the law as a multi-jurisdictional task force takes to the 45-miles of that road, from Barrington to Shorewood, for a highway safety campaign.

Route 59 runs through DuPage, Will, Cook ank and Lake counties and police from Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield, Shorewood, Joliet, Warrenville, West Chicago, Bartlett, Streamwood, Barrington as well as the Illinois State Police District 5 and the Will County Sheriff's Office will check for safety violators including speeders and those not using seatbelts.

Each jurisdiction will implement its own enforcement standards.

But it would be a wise motorist who buckles up, slows down and follow all laws while driving on Route 59 Tuesday.

Pedestrians and moving vehicles are objects that should ever come together.

The former being made of flesh and bone and the later being made of hard metal means a clash will have a sure winner, and that winner will never be the human.

There's an Illinois law waiting for Gov. Quinn's signature that will require motorists to come to a complete stop for pedestrians and bicyclists in all crosswalks, regardless of whether they're marked with stripes or signs or nothing at all.

Traffic safety experts are giving it a hip-hip-horray. Now, if motorists only follow that rule, and others such as not using cell phones in school zones, not texting while driving and generally using common sense when driving, those on foot or bike may not have to fear for their lives every time they step onto a roadway.

We'll see how local law enforcers hold drivers accountable for following the law once it is in place.

In the meantime walkers and bikers still need to keep on their collective toes when they are anywhere near traffic.

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