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Break the Gridlock is dedicated to supporting a vibrant network of grass roots activists and advocates who work to reduce dependency on the private automobile, encouraging the use of more appropriate transportation solutions. Break the Gridlock promotes this network through the mechanisms of leadership and organizational support.
Break The Gridlock believes that the transportation system in Chicago (and America in general) is out of balance. Private automobiles are used far too much for personal transportation needs, which leads to a degraded urban enviroment and a deemphasis on other transportation modes. We don't say that all private automobile use is bad; just that often, more appropriate options exist (or should exist!)
Break The Gridlock supports those groups that seek, in some way, to correct this imbalance. Our Member Organizations advocate for more appropriate transportation in Chicagoland.
We use this term "appropriate transportation" to describe transportation choices that are in line with a sustainable transportation system. In some circumstances, the private automobile is an appropriate choice in some circumstances; but it should always not be the first choice or the default choice. Appropriate means using the best tool for the job in the context of a vibrant city with a healthy transportation infrastructure.
- Todd Gee
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