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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.

Victory! Separate biking, walking trails coming to lakefront

Active Trans' efforts to create separate lakefront trails for people on bikes and people on foot has paid off.

This became evident when Mayor Emanuel revealed that the Chicago Park District will pursue the separated trail plan on two of the most congested portions of the Lakefront Trail.

Chicago commits to more progress on Vision Zero

Since adopting a Vision Zero goal in 2012 to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2022, the City of Chicago has taken many steps to make our streets safer and save lives.

Unlike peer cities in the U.S. and around the world, this initial progress has been achieved without a multi-year action plan or more dedicated funding for safety improvements in the city budget.

Now it appears city leaders may be prepared to take these next critical next steps.

Smiling faces at Winter Bike to Work Day rally

More than 300 cyclists came out to celebrate our 14th Annual Winter Bike to Work Day this morning at Daley Plaza.

People dropped in the throughout the morning to enjoy free Dark Matter Coffee, Eli’s Cheesecake and swag from sponsors. 

Many guests reported it was one of the best Winter Bike to Work Day rallies in recent history. (See photos below).  

Chicago’s first BRT to speed up east-west travel in Loop

Service will begin in the Loop Link corridor – Chicago’s first bus rapid transit project – on Sunday, December 20, the City of Chicago announced today

The Loop Link is an exciting improvement for the thousands of Chicagoans who ride the bus, bike and walk across the Loop every day.

The Clybourn protected bike lane victory

Today I applauded the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at a press conference officially unveiling the curb-separated bike lanes on parts of Clybourn Ave. and Division St. in Chicago.  

Join us in extending our gratitude by signing our online thank you card to IDOT, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and Alderman Walter Burnett.

Federal bill preserves active transportation funding

In a big victory for the active transportation community, the U.S.