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Vision Zero Action Plan focuses on reducing vehicle speeds

Today’s release of a Vision Zero Action Plan lays a strong foundation for the city to achieve its goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2026.

A ride back in L time

This week the elevated CTA platform at Clark and Lake took a step back in time as vintage train cars from the 1920s and 1970s rolled into the station in celebration of the L train’s 125th birthday. They ran around the stops in the Loop, tooting their horns for several hours. 

While out on lunch break, a couple Active Trans staffers hopped on board for a ride around the Loop — for professional research, of course.

The architect behind the Chicago Riverwalk

Carol Ross Barney has done it again. The noted Chicago architect — who is renowned for her civic, cultural and social design projects for the public — has made an indelible impact in Chicago with the completion of the Chicago Riverwalk. 

Given that the full Riverwalk officially opens on Saturday with a host of special events, we thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know the woman behind the design of one of Chicago’s most exciting pieces of new infrastructure. 

Navy Pier Flyover on track to be complete in 2018

The lengthy construction process for the Navy Pier Flyover has been frustrating for many Lakefront Trail users, but the city says it will be finished next year.

The flyover, which will allow people biking and walking on the trail to bypass congested vehicle traffic around Navy Pier, is one of the highest profile active transportation projects in the region. We get questions about the status often, especially as temperatures warm up and more people use the trail.

May events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of May so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

For more information on conditions on the Lakefront Trail, check out our Lakefront Trail Twitter page.

Monday, May 1

Reported doorings increase in 2015 – what does it mean?

The number of reported "dooring" crashes in Chicago increased by almost 50 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to data recently published by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Doorings are crashes that happen when people open car doors into the path of a person on a bike, leading to a dangerous collision, serious injuries and even fatalities.

Next steps in the Chicago River Trail campaign

Can you imagine having trail access to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and the suburbs as a bicyclist or runner?

Did you know the Chicago River already has 13.2 miles of trails for biking and walking and that the city will complete an additional 1.7 trail miles in 2017?

We couldn’t be more excited for the next steps in the campaign to build a continuous Chicago River Trail. It's energizing to think about the river trail's potential to promote the city's cultural life. 

April events on the Lakefront Trail

Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of April so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. 

For more information on conditions on the Lakefront Trail, check out our Twitter page.

 

Saturday, April 8

Study highlights safety benefits of Chicago’s red light cameras

A new study from the Northwestern University Transportation Center found Chicago’s red light camera program delivers significant safety benefits.

A look at Pace’s express service

By the end of 2017, Pace is expecting to launch a new program that will allow its buses to use the shoulder of I-90 between the Northwest Suburbs of Rosemont and Elgin.

By 2040, this stretch of I-90 is expected to have as many jobs as Chicago’s Loop, so it is critical to expand access to public transit and jobs in the region.