In an effort to increase bike education, encouragement and safety programming in the near west region of Chicagoland, Active Trans recently assumed day-to-day management of Greenline Wheels.
Greenline Wheels, founded in 2010 by a local family seeking to elevate the bike friendliness of the Oak Park/River Forest community, will remain at 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park.
In Oak Park, Greenline Wheels and Active Transportation Alliance have collaborated to advocate for better bike facilities and to deliver bike safety training at District 97 elementary schools in Oak Park through Active Trans’ “Kids on Wheels” program.
“Active Trans brings forth a strong history of experience and expertise to Greenline Wheels and to the Oak Park and River Forest communities,” said Mary Jo Shuler, founder of Greenline Wheels. “Our shared goals of elevating bicycle safety with designated bike routes, bike parking and education has resulted in successful collaborations, and I am excited that Greenline Wheels will benefit from the full time involvement of Active Trans in the coming years.”
Active Transportation Alliance shares Green Line Wheel’s mission to encourage more and better bicycling, and we’re excited to continue the great work they’ve done over the past five years.
Active Trans plans to use Greenline Wheels as a base for education programs in nearby suburbs and the West Side of Chicago.
In addition to bike education programs, Greenline Wheels offers retail services, including bike rentals and tours, winter bicycle training, and merchandise sales from its Oak Park office.
Retail services will continue in 2015 under the new management, and an advisory group will be formed to assess education programs and potential changes to the retail operations in 2016.