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Private donation will accelerate full Lakefront Trail separation

Megan Williams, who was seriously injured in a Lakefront Trail crash, called it the best Christmas present she could hope for when Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced hedge fund manager Ken Griffin donated $12 million to the city to create separated paths for people biking and people on foot along the full length of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail.

City unveils river trail concepts

Chicago city planners have unveiled draft concepts for extending the 606 to the east and building a seven-mile continuous river trail loop along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

River trail plan encourages people to think big

Active Trans has released the full version of our Chicago River Trail Action Plan, which lays out key opportunities to advance the goal of a continuous Chicago River Trail for each neighborhood along the river.

Download and view the full report here.

Hit and run crashes should be a focus of Vision Zero

As Chicago develops an action plan to eliminate traffic crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries, one of the questions we need to tackle is why so many people involved in crashes flee the scene.

Relative to peer cities, hit and run crashes occur more frequently in Chicago and they’re more likely to involve people walking and people biking.

Congratulations, Chicago!

People throughout the region were excited by the recent news that Chicago had worked its way up to the number one spot in Bicycling magazine's rankings of best cities for cycling. 

Chicago lands top spot in ranking of best cities for cycling

It was announced today that Chicago has taken first place among best US cities for bicycling, moving up from #2 since Bicycling magazine’s last national ranking two years ago.

We know how to do this

I ride my bike. 

When I hear about a person killed while riding their bike, I think of the proverb, “there but for the grace of God go I.” I know a lot of other people have the same reaction. 

Even among strangers, there is a deep and difficult-to-verbalize connection to these tragedies. In some way, we’re a two wheeled tribe, more diverse than most characterizations by the media.

Ventra still a problem for social service providers

Transportation is often one of the biggest obstacles to job access for Chicagoans looking for work, and public transit should be a convenient and affordable solution.

Unfortunately, the transition to Ventra has made it more difficult for many low-income residents to ride transit to job training, housing, medical appointments, childcare and other critical destinations.

Help keep Loop Link bus lanes clear with #NotaCTAbus

Giving public transit vehicles priority with dedicated lanes is one of the best ways to speed up buses, but it only helps if other vehicles obey the law and steer clear of the lanes.

Unfortunately, far too often that hasn’t been the case in lanes used by the Loop Link, Chicago’s first bus rapid transit corridor that launched late last year.

Wife of crash victim responds to anti-bike Tribune op-ed

The tragic death of 29-year-old Blaine Klingenberg – who was killed was riding his bike up Michigan Ave. last Wednesday – has shaken Chicago’s bicycling community and attracted media attention.

The facts of the crash are not yet known, but Klingenberg was an experienced rider who had just gotten off work as a bike courier.