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Keep up with the latest news on Active Trans and topics that we care about in the region.

Victory! Active Trans campaign for state walking and biking fund wins $50 million per year

Jun 3, 2019 | by Kyle Whitehead

For the first time ever, Illinois’ long-term capital program includes dedicated funding for walking and biking projects.

Legislators passed a $33 billion, six-year transportation capital program in an extended session over the weekend. Gov. Pritzker has indicated he will sign the bill into law.

The bill includes $50 million annually for walking and bicycling projects. Funds will be administered statewide through a competitive grant process using the existing Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP),

River trail coalition supports connected South Branch

Jul 17, 2019 | by Steve Simmons

The Chicago River Trail coalition is making sure local partners shape plans for better walking, biking and access to transit along the South Branch.

Active Trans’ campaign for a continuous river trail relies on the expertise of local partners to determine the location of trails and safe access points for people walking and biking.

During a recent gathering at the Eleanor Street Boathouse (pictured) in Bridgeport,

Victory for sustainable transportation in Lake County

Jul 11, 2019 | by Steve Simmons

Update: July 12, 2019: The Illinois Tollway announced that it’s ending the environmental impact study of a Route 53 extension, effectively dropping the project for the fourth time since it was identified in a regional transportation plan in 1962.

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In a major victory for walking, biking, and transit, the Lake County Board unanimously removed language supporting the Route 53 highway extension from its strategic plan.

We’re pleased the Lake County Board will now focus on developing a “modern,

A Q&A with departing executive director

Jul 11, 2019 | by Ted Villaire

After nearly nine years leading Active Trans, Ron Burke recently decided to step down.

As he moves on to his new position at Lyft, we decided to ask for his take on what’s been happening at Active Trans during the past decade.

Here are his thoughts about various topics, like the organization’s recent accomplishments and what’s in the cards for Active Trans’ future.

Active Trans: What accomplishments are you most proud of during your tenure as executive director of Active Trans?

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Take our survey to connect Belmont to Diversey via trail

Jul 10, 2019 | by Steve Simmons

Because trails are emerging quickly along the Chicago River, it’s urgent we push for connections between them now so they will link people to jobs, shopping districts, and recreational opportunities.

One place we’re working to extend the Chicago River Trail is on the North Side between Belmont and Diversey Avenues. Two riverfront paths are on the verge of being completed here: the 312 RiverRun (see photo left) and Lathrop Homes trail.

Longtime supporter has made her mark on local cycling

Jul 3, 2019 | by Active Trans

Even if you don’t personally know Kathy Schubert, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her riding around Chicago or volunteering at an Active Transportation Alliance event.

That’s because she not only puts on a lot of miles during the year — 6,000 is her record — but you tend to get noticed when you bike around town or across entire states with a miniature schnauzer riding in your basket.

Suzy, her former riding companion,

Advocates urge Lightfoot to explore congestion pricing

Jul 2, 2019 | by Kyle Whitehead

Active Trans joined a coalition of advocates in calling on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make the city’s ride-hailing fee more equitable and analyze possible congestion pricing options.

In a letter sent to Mayor Lightfoot and relevant committee chairs, the group argues that changes to the fee structure would encourage more people using sustainable transportation options, such as shared rides, walking, bicycling, and public transit.

Transportation is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

Lincoln Park resident works for a safer Dickens Ave.

Jun 26, 2019 | by Kyle Whitehead

Stephanie Sims, a Lincoln Park resident and Active Trans Ambassador, is using her training to rally her neighbors to support the proposed Dickens Neighborhood Greenway.

Sims is circulating a petition urging 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith to make the project a top priority.

When Sims was recently trained to be an Active Trans Ambassador, she learned the ins and outs of organizing support for walking, bicycling, and public transit improvements in her neighborhood.

Advocacy needed for the Skokie Valley Trail extension

Jun 26, 2019 | by Maggie Melin

The Skokie Valley Trail extension project needs your support!

If completed, the trail would fill a 4.5-mile gap through the Villages of Skokie, Northfield, Glenview, and Wilmette to create a continuous trail from Lake Bluff to Chicago (see map, gap shown in red).

This regional trail opportunity is a top priority for the Active Transportation Alliance. The connection could provide many north suburban families and residents with a low-stress,

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Enhancing Lake Calumet area connections

Jun 25, 2019 | by Matt Gomez

Getting around in the communities surrounding Lake Calumet on Chicago’s Far South Side is an enormous challenge without a car.

A lack of public transit options, few bicycle trails, and inadequate pedestrian infrastructure make traveling without a car between communities like Riverdale, Roseland, and Pullman frustrating and often risky. Obstacles like heavy industry, highways, rail tracks, and waterways cut off most of these neighborhoods from neighboring communities.

The good news is that solid ideas have been developed for improving the walking,

Clif Bar helps Active Trans get more people biking

Jun 25, 2019 | by Active Trans

Getting around Chicago on a bike is not as daunting as it seems.

That’s what Linor Vaknin learned when she became involved in Active Trans’ annual Bike to Work competition (going on now and continuing until the end of the week).

Prior to the event, biking on Chicago streets was out of the question for her. Too hectic, too scary.

Then, during the Bike to Work competition in 2010,