Chicago North Side

Weber Spur, a crucial connection

Urban trails are one of the best tools we have to encourage more people to walk and bike for everyday transportation, improve public health, strengthen local businesses and create a cleaner environment.

That's why we're making the completion of the Weber Spur Trail on Chicago's Northwest Side a top priority for Active Trans' Chicago River Trail campaign.

Active Trans leads new push for safer Logan Boulevard

The idea of creating safe and easy access to and from the growing network of trails along the Chicago River gets us excited.

What makes us even more excited is when improving access to the river also creates an opportunity to address long-standing concerns of our members and supporters.

That's exactly what's happening in our quest to improve conditions for people walking and biking between Logan Boulevard and new river trail segments near Lathrop Homes.

Park district hosts Lakefront Trail open house

The Chicago Park District released draft versions of the Lakefront Trail separation plans for two more North Side segments: Montrose Avenue to Fullerton Avenue and North Avenue to Oak Street.

February 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 February so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. With just one major event scheduled for the lakefront, it looks like this month is a great time to take advantage of a less congested Lakefront Trail! 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Parents share their hopes for Milwaukee Ave.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is completing a major reconstruction of the highly-trafficked corridor between Belmont Avenue and Logan Boulevard. 

The goals for the project, according to CDOT, are to create public space, improve walkability, achieve Vision Zero by enhancing traffic safety and access to the area, and harmonize the various modes of transportation. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape this popular corridor.

January events on the Lakefront Trail

Happy new year to all! May your 2018 be filled with walks, runs and rides along 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 January so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. As winter weather consumes our city, there are fewer events to watch out for. 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Back on the Bus: Create more effective ways to enforce bus lanes

Of the paltry four miles of dedicated bus lanes that exist in Chicago, the city already struggles with keeping them clear from car traffic.

As we are calling for more bus lanes, Active Trans would also like to ensure the bus lanes are enforced so they are effective in improving bus speed and service.

Back on the Bus: Establish a local dedicated revenue stream to fund transit

Cuts to transit funding were buried in this summer’s state budget agreement. This is unacceptable given the proven economic, environmental and public health benefits of public transit investment. To continue to invest in Chicago’s public transit system, we need a new consistent stream of local funding.

Stay informed with the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) organizes and chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public. The meetings are a great way to stay informed on CDOT projects and learn about new initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city

Participatory budgeting celebrates five years

Participatory budgeting (PB) is celebrating five years in Chicago! PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

Every year, each ward in the city of Chicago receives $1.3 million in "menu money" that is spent according to the discretion of the ward's alderman.