Chicago South Side

Coalition wants to upgrade Metra Electric to rapid transit

For decades, South Chicagoland residents and transit experts have recognized the potential benefits of enhancing service along the Metra Electric District (MED) line. Now, after many years, there’s a renewed effort encouraging Metra to commit to improvements.

Active Trans has joined more than a dozen community groups from the South Side and South Suburbs as part of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric (CMME).

Cottage Grove to become a better street for walking

six-block stretch of Cottage Grove Ave. from 77th to 83rd St. in Chatham will be upgraded this year to make this high-crash stretch of roadway safer for people walking while attracting more customers to local businesses.

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.

Stories show the need for safer walking & biking to school

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign focuses on making walking and biking to school better for kids across the state of Illinois.

We work with parents, students, teachers and other allies to champion improvements to the state’s Safe Routes to School program.

From communities across Illinois, everyone has a story to tell.

Peter Taylor, trail advocate extraordinaire

Every trail needs a staunch advocate. For the Major Taylor Trail on Chicago's South Side, Peter Taylor has played that role for many years.

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.

Celebrating King's dream and bike equity

On Monday, Active Trans was out in support of Slow Roll Chicago’s second annual Big Marsh Freedom Ride, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The event was intened to pay homage to King by riding proudly for physical, mental and spiritual freedom.

But due to the wind chill advisory and temperatures in the single digits, the bike ride and stewardship activity were cancelled. The change to the scheduled activities did not diminish the energy and support for the Slow Roll Chicago community.  

Violence discourages kids walking & biking to school

In many Chicago communities, parents feel unsafe having their kids walking and biking to school.

For example, in Washington Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, kids often worry about getting caught in gunfire on their way to school.

Ashland, Western Express buses return next week

CTA will restore express bus service on Ashland and Western Avenues on Monday, Dec. 21 -- the same week service will begin on the Loop Link, Chicago’s first bus rapid transit corridor.

The agency announced the Ashland and Western changes in Aug., but released more specifics this week as they began a rider outreach campaign.