Overview

The West Suburbs include west suburban Cook County, as well as DuPage and Kane counties.

Get the latest updates on active transportation issues in the West Suburbs below and make sure to join our In Your Community: West Suburbs e-newsletter list. The e-newsletter comes out quarterly and offers a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in your area.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the information provided on this page, please feel free to contact Maggie Melin at maggie@activetrans.org or 312-216-0475.

 

Latest News:

The Walk Batavia/Bike Batavia mini-documentary is here!

Villa Park unanimously approves Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

Bike Walk Education in Schools Act passes the Illinois House and Senate

‘Tis the season to enjoy the outdoors! 

We’re looking for Active Trans Ambassadors from the suburbs

Advocates inspire bicycling in Elk Grove Village

Palatine’s Bike to School Day 

Kids ride free on Metra this summer

Bike Walk Socials in the suburbs

Advocacy training webinars 

 

 

Local Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs:

Aurora Bicycle, Pedestrian & Transit Advisory Board

Batavia Bicycle Commission

Bike Walk Bartlett (Facebook Group)

Bike Walk Oak Park (Facebook Group)

Brookfield Bikes! (Facebook Group)

Bike Palatine Club

Chicago Area Tandem Society

Downers Grove Bicycle Club

Elgin Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (website), Elgin BPAC (Facebook Page)

Elgin Bike Hub (website), Elgin Bike Hub (Facebook Page)

Elmhurst Bicycle Club

Fox Valley Bike & Ski Club

Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove

Illinois Prairie Path (not-for-profit)

Joliet Bicycle Club

More Bike Lanes in Aurora, IL (Facebook Group)

Oak Park Cycle Club  

Schaumburg Bicycle Club

Trails Linking Communities (Facebook Group)

Walk Batavia (Facebook Page)

Well Batavia

Wheaton's Adventure Bicycle Club

 

Oak Park advocates stay connected with local officials
Bike Walk Oak Park is fighting for dedicated funds for walking and biking infrastructure. The group wants to see those funds used towards implementing its greenways network and bike plan. Bike Walk Oak Park Co-Chairs Jenna Holzberg and Brian Crawford offer advice on being the squeaky wheel, building relationships with elected officials, and activating the community. Check out our blog story about their efforts! 

Bartlett advocate petitions for trail connection
Longtime bicycling advocate Terry Witt is leading the charge to fill in a significant regional trail gap through the Village of Bartlett. By filling in the 2-mile gap, it would create low-stress access among the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path, Busse Woods and the Fox River Trail. Witt created a petition to fill the trail gap and needs your help collecting 1,000 signatures.

Palatine wins federal grant for Harper College bike path
The Village of Palatine secured a $400,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality federal grant to build a bike path around the western edge of Harper College and connect existing nearby paths. This project is a significant step towards the implementation of the village’s Bicycle Transportation Plan. Congratulations to Palatine!

CMAP regional travel survey — earn $50
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) wants to understand how Chicago-area residents get from place to place – whether on foot or by car, bus, train or bike. CMAP is asking residents to take the My Daily Travel survey to help the organization figure out the best use of future transportation investments. Each household can earn $50 for completing the survey.

Bike Walk Education Act: Help us get resources to your local schools
In August, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Bike Walk Education in Schools Act (HB4799) into law, which now requires that every K-8 public school in Illinois provide walking and bicycling safety education. Active Trans worked with the Illinois Association of School Boards to compile a resource list and share it directly with school districts. We need your help sharing these resources with your school board! Email maggie@activetrans.org if you’re willing to get in touch with your local school district.

Governor signs Dutch Reach bike safety bill
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Dutch Reach bike safety bill into law in August. The bill adds the Dutch Reach method to Illinois’ Rules of the Road manual and bike safety questions to the state driver’s license exam. 

Sign the petition to get a fair share for biking and walking 
Join us in the 
fight for a $50 million Bike Walk Fund in the state’s annual budget. It would fund biking and walking projects on corridors where the most crashes occur, many of which are located in low-income communities and communities of color. In October, 27 CEOs sent a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker asking them to support this fund. You can help, too — sign the petition and share with your friends and family.    

Congressional candidates share views on transportation issues
To educate candidates and voters about federal transportation priorities for the next Congress, Active Trans partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on a seven-question candidate questionnaire. The questionnaire was sent to all candidates in the Chicago region that will appear on the November ballot. Check out their responses!

Kids on Wheels fleet provides on-bike education to youth
Active Trans’ Kids on Wheels mobile bike fleets once again traveled the region this summer to provide on-bike education opportunities for youth. This season, Active Trans worked with partner organizations to bring the Kids on Wheels caravan to communities from the northern suburbs to the Southland in addition to Chicago neighborhoods.

Regional Mode Share Report released
The Active Transportation Alliance released its 
2018 Regional Mode Share Report, which breaks down mode share by transportation type between the suburbs and Chicago. According to report, the Chicago region has grown more car dependent since 1980, with driving growing approximately four times faster than the population. The data illustrates the region's inability to build its way out of traffic congestion through highway expansion.

Advocacy training webinars 
As part of our Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy program, Active Trans hosts lunch time webinars on how you can organize and create change in your community. 
Check out these recordings of our most recent webinars:

Event Organizing Ideas & Tips 
Bikeway Design 101 
Advocating for a Fair Share of State Funding for Biking, Walking and Transit 

 

 


The Walk Batavia/Bike Batavia mini-documentary is here!

Check out this fantastic mini-documentary about walking and biking in Batavia, produced by Walk Batavia/Bike Batavia. It features local business owners, city employees and Batavia residents, who walk and bike ride around town and explore their community from a new point of view.

Villa Park unanimously approves Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

Congratulations to the Village of Villa Park for adopting its Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan in May. Active Trans partnered with the village to develop the plan, which focuses on improving sidewalks and intersections for pedestrians; developing a bicycle network; and creating better connections to existing trails, such as the Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail, Salt Creek Trail and other local destinations. 

 

 

Bike Walk Education in Schools Act passes the Illinois House and Senate

We’re happy to report that the Illinois House and Senate passed the Illinois Bike Walk Education in Schools Act this spring. This bill would add biking and walking safety education to the school curriculum in Illinois. Next, the bill moves to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature. Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who contacted their legislators to push for passage of this bill. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action.

‘Tis the season to enjoy the outdoors!

Local advocacy groups, bike clubs, schools, towns and Active Trans are organizing fun biking and walking events around the region this summer:

We’re looking for Active Trans Ambassadors from the suburbs

Want to represent Active Trans at future suburban events and help us spread the message about the importance of walking, biking and public transit to residents throughout the region? We’re training volunteers interested in becoming Active Trans Ambassadors. Those who complete the training sessions will receive special, limited- edition Active Trans Ambassador T-shirts. If you’re interested in learning more, please email maggie@activetrans.org. Photo credit: James Lamb. 

Advocates inspire bicycling in Elk Grove Village

One of the first steps to building a local movement is connecting with like-minded individuals in the community who also want to see safer, more comfortable transportation options. Organized events can be a great way to create this connection. We spoke to Dave Simmons from Friends of Cycling in Elk Groveabout his group’s experience organizing bike pit stops in Busse Woods to encourage bike safety and good trail etiquette – an idea that could easily be replicated throughout the region.    

Palatine’s Bike to School Day

Bike Palatine and Palatine’s School District 15 teamed up again this May for National Bike to School Day. Thirteen schools in Palatine participated with an impressive 1,480 student riders. Check out resources from the National Center for Safe Routes to School if you’d like your school to get involved in the next Bike to School Day in May or International Walk to School Day in October.

Kids ride free on Metra this summer

Metra is now offering free rides to children age 11 and under who are accompanied by an adult between now and Labor Day. Check out the Metra website for a list of fun events and activities that you and your family can reach by train in June.

Bike Walk Socials in the suburbs

As part of our Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy program, this spring Active Trans teamed up with advocates in Glen Ellyn and Friends of Cycling in the northwest suburb of Elk Grove to host two Bike Walk Socials. Nearly 40 advocates and residents curious about improving biking and walking in their communities got the chance to mingle and network with like-minded folks.  Visit our Bike Walk Every Town website for more information and future networking events.

Advocacy training webinars

As part of our Bike Walk Every Town advocacy program, we host lunch time webinars on how you can organize and create change in your community. Visit activetrans.org/bikewalkeverytown to register for our upcoming trainings, including our webinar on June 21 on event organizing ideas and tips. Check out the recordings of our most recent webinars:

Election Advocacy Strategies
Communication Strategies and Messaging
Outreach Strategies and Petition Writing 
How to Organize a Pop-Up Event
Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) Panel Discussion

  

Local Community Resources

DuPage County Trails and Bikeways   

Kane Kendall County Council of Mayors  

Suburban Bikeways for All report

Trails Linking Communities (Facebook page) - stay updated on local and regional trial and bikeway news

West Suburban Municipal Conference  

 

Please email suggestions for additional local community resources to Maggie@activetrans.org.