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Support better biking, walking and transit 


In Chicago, an average of 60 people are injured or killed every day in traffic crashes; 12 of those people are biking or walking. 

The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.

We envision a Chicagoland that is a fun and healthy place to live, work and play.

This Chicagoland is home to a multitude of transportation options that enable all residents to easily and safely reach any destination. Our 20-year Vision outlines our strategies, outcomes and benchmarks. We envision the region with half as many crashes and where half of all trips are made by walking, biking and transit. 

This is how we reach those goals

Build a movement around active transportation

  • We build a movement by growing our loyal membership base, engaging generous donors and tireless volunteers.
  • We host fun events, like MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive and Bike and Dines, that celebrate active transportation.
  • We work with you to make your community a better place to live and play.
  • We work in Springfield and D.C. to build support around legislation that prioritizes and protects bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders.

Increase safety and encourage physical activity

  • We make it easier for people to be active with programs like Safe Routes to School, and through education like Drive With Care.
  • We promote physical activity in safe spaces where people are prioritized. Open Streets and neighborhood bike rides get people moving right in their front yards.

Create a world-class transportation network

  • If you build it, they will come. We are busy building. Active Trans staff is routinely hired by cities, large and small, to develop bike and pedestrian plans according to their residents’ needs and desires.
  • We advocate for more trails, for more reliable transit service and better sidewalks.