Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:28
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) organizes and chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public. The meetings are a great way to stay informed on CDOT projects and learn about new initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city.
Submitted by su-administrator on Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:05
There is something exquisite about children’s books, in the lean, sometimes wry, prose and magical illustrations. I knew this, of course, before becoming a parent.
What I didn’t expect was the variety of books for young children that celebrate bicycling and public transit. As 2017 winds down and the winter holidays and gift giving begin, I wanted to share some of my family’s favorites.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:56
The coming new year provides a moment to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. With that in mind, here is Active Transportation Alliance’s top ten list of active transportation stories from 2017.
As you browse through these, be sure to savor the successes — especially if you’re one of the many people who helped make them happen.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:55
Growing up middle class in rural Pennsylvania, Katie Shaw Thompson never imagined life without a car.
Now a resident in the City of Elgin, Katie’s opinion on transportation, what’s possible and what should be possible, has shifted. Katie is a proud four-season bike commuter, a mother of two squirrely preschoolers, and an ordained pastor.
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:01
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) should work collaboratively to create a plan for 50 new miles of bus lanes.
With only four miles of bus-only lanes, Chicago is lagging other cities across the nation when it comes to prioritizing street space for transit.
The #J14 Jeffery Jump has the longest bus-only lanes in Chicago. In 2015, CDOT and CTA debuted bus lanes as a key feature of Loop Link, connecting the transit stations in the West Loop with the central business district in the Loop.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:56
The Village of Brookfield is now home to one of the first bicycle boulevards in the Chicagoland suburbs!
What exactly is a bicycle boulevard? Sometimes termed a "neighborhood greenway," a bike boulevard is a low-speed street that prioritizes bicycle traffic. Bicycle boulevards use signage, paint and other traffic calming features to create a safer, more comfortable environment for all road users.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:01
A privately funded express train service to O’Hare Airport would be an upgrade to our transit system, but it shouldn’t happen at the expense of other regional transit priorities.
This week, the city released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for respondents to design, build, finance, operate and maintain express service through a public-private partnership.
Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:23
The fifth issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!
The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.
There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:25
Whether in an urban or rural setting, along a body of water, or through the mountains, the environment is often what distinguishes our favorite trails from each other.
Trails with clean air and water, healthy plants and wildlife encourage more people to use them for recreation and transportation.
Although the city has made progress cleaning up the Chicago River, we're concerned about a mysterious oil spill that happened in late October along the 1.5-mile stretch of the South Fork of the South Branch -- a section of river commonly known as Bubbly Creek.