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3 ways you can support transit expansion in Cook County

Fall is budget season in the Chicago region and that means we've entered a critical stage in our Transit Future campaign with the Center for Neighborhood Technology(CNT). As talks continue with President Toni Preckwinkle and all 17 members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, here are three ways you can help:

Federal support announced for great projects

On Wednesday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced 66 projects will receive federal funding over the next five years to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance non-motorized travel in the city and suburbs.

Greater number of comfortable bike routes needed in Chicago

One of Active Trans’ main goals is to make bicycling a comfortable transportation option for everyone no matter their age or ability. 

But we know through research, observation and countless conversations that the average person is much more likely to hop on a bike when they are able to bike in places where they feel safe and comfortable. 

This is why today Active Trans is launching a bold new vision for cycling infrastructure in Chicago. 

Chicago’s low-stress bike network begins to takes shape

On a recent warm July evening, I rode my bike down to Douglas Park with a few other Active Trans staff members to participate in one of Slow Roll Chicago’s weekly Wednesday night rides.

606 points way to more Chicago trails

The 606 and the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s new rail-to-trail and park project, made national headlines when it opened up this summer, and in just a few short weeks established itself as one of Chicago’s most popular public spaces.

The overwhelming success of the trail leads to an immediate and obvious question: where can we put more trails? 

Several great candidates already exist.

606 East Extension

Volunteer for the Fall 2015 Downtown Bike Count

The Active Transportation Alliance is recruiting volunteers to help with the Fall 2015 Downtown Bike Count.

Kinzie Street protected bike lane will stay!

In a big win for Active Trans members and supporters, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials confirmed the Kinzie Street protected bike lane will remain in place. 

Mayor Emanuel wants your input on #ChiBudget2016

We recently had the opportunity to share our priorities with the Chicago City Council, now it’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s turn to hear from Active Trans members and supporters.

As part of this year’s city budget process, Mayor Emanuel wants to hear directly from residents about their priorities before delivering his 2016 budget to City Council on September 22.

Active Trans shares priorities with city council

With no Chicago City Council meeting this month, August is often vacation time for aldermen and their staff throughout the city.

But last week we learned several council members are already hard at work preparing for a busy fall.

On Wednesday, Active Trans hosted a series of briefings at Chicago City Hall to introduce our organization to newly elected representatives and update everyone on our bike/walk/transit priorities.

Volunteers needed for Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said for volunteers when it comes to building better bike infrastructure in Chicago. 

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Program is looking for people to help with its Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count for the following dates and time: