Chicago West Side

Congratulations, Chicago!

People throughout the region were excited by the recent news that Chicago had worked its way up to the number one spot in Bicycling magazine's rankings of best cities for cycling. 

Chicago lands top spot in ranking of best cities for cycling

It was announced today that Chicago has taken first place among best US cities for bicycling, moving up from #2 since Bicycling magazine’s last national ranking two years ago.

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.

Public transit in Chicago's disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Urban League, founded 100 years ago, works for economic and social progress for African Americans and has a rich history of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

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.

CDOT offers free bike riding classes

New to bike riding? Or do you just want to brush on up on your rusty bicycling skills? Either way the Chicago Department of Transportation has you covered. CDOT is offering free bicycle riding classes for adults from July to September on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Bike giveway brings smiles to 500 children

On a recent Saturday morning, hundreds of hopeful children lined up in front of North Lawndale College Prep for their chance at getting a free bike. 

CTA modernizing Blue Line's Forest Park Branch

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) held a meeting to gather community input on the Blue Line Forest Park Branch Vision Study. CTA representatives spoke to residents and commuters about accessing stations, customer experience and station improvement concepts.

The Blue Line Forest Park Branch is 55 years old and in desperate need of improvement.

Safe, welcoming school campus a key feature of safe routes

This guest blog post was authored by Rob Castaneda (pictured). He's the executive director of the local nonprofit, Beyond the Ball.

For me, the Safe Routes to School program is more than just looking how kids feel when they are walking to school. It also includes what the culture is around a school, the environment. 

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.