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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.

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.