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The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

Become an Ambassador

Get involved in 2020 by signing up for one of our next Ambassador trainings on March 25, May 5, or July 9.



If you’re someone who is excited about helping to make our region a better place for walking, biking and transit, you might enjoy serving as an Active Trans Ambassador.

Active Trans Ambassadors represent the Active Transportation Alliance as volunteers at events in Chicago and the suburbs. Anyone can become an ambassador!

You help us spread the message about walking, biking and transit advocacy, inspire others to join the movement and promote healthy transportation options to residents throughout the region.



To become an Ambassador, you’ll attend one of our evening training sessions. Trainings are held at the Active Trans office in downtown Chicago (35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1782, Chicago, IL 60601).

Those who go through the training will be given a special, limited edition Active Trans Ambassador t-shirt. Trainings are offered three times per year in the spring and summer.

  • 2020 training dates:
  • General Interest: If you’re not available, let us know if you’re interested in hearing about future training dates or opportunities and we will contact you when they are scheduled.



As an Active Trans Ambassador, here’s what you can do:

  • Volunteer at events: Represent Active Trans at events and encourage event attendees to take specific actions (e.g. sign a petition, fill out a survey, etc.). We’ll give you talking points and materials.
  • Attend events in your own community: If you are aware of a popular event in your community such as a farmers market, health fair or public meeting, you can ask the organizers if you can represent Active Trans as an ambassador.
  • Organize a corridor campaign in your community: Advocate for better walking, biking, or transit conditions on a specific corridor in your community. If you’re interested in learning more, contact
  • Attend additional trainings and socials. Here’s our 2020 calendar:
    • January – Legislative and policy updates (phone call)
    • February – Funding and Grant Writing Tips webinar (phone call)
    • February – Campaign planning workshop (ATA office)
    • April – Ambassador social – TBD
    • June – Ambassador social (potluck in Millennium Park) – TBD
    • August – Ambassador social – TBD

Past Ambassador event opportunities have included MB Bike the Drive, food truck festivals, media appearance on Jam TV, South Branch Park Advisory Council’s Summer Party, Logan Square Farmers Market, Riverside Beer Fest, One Earth Film Festival, Transportation Justice Dialogues, our Bike Week Rally and many others!

As an Ambassador, you will be building awareness of the following Active Trans campaigns:



If you’ve gone through the Ambassador training, please let us know if you’re available for any of the following events:

  • Bike Walk Fund petition data entry
  • Back on the Bus advocacy
  • Bike the Drive 2020
  • Bike to Work Week 2020 pit-stops
  • Lead Ambassador
    • Identify transportation priorities in your community or ward
    • Meet with elected officials to promote the Safe Streets Funds
    • Additionally for Chicago residents: Share Bus Friendly Streets Report Cards and promote Chicago River Trail for relevant wards
    • Collect signatures for the Safe Streets Fund
    • Recruit other community members to take action at


If you’ve already gone through the training, join our Ambassador Facebook Group.

When you represent Active Trans at an event, please take photos and tag us (@activetrans, #chiLFT, #bikechi)! We primarily use Twitter and Facebook. You can also find us on Instragram!



We’d love to hear from you. With general questions, please contact any of the staff listed below.

For events in Chicago, please contact Julia Gerasimenko,

For suburban events, please contact Maggie Melin,