Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:33
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.
Submitted by Jason Jenkins on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:04
July 30th was PlayStreets Day and Active Trans was out in the neighborhoods having a ball!
PlayStreets, a Chicago Department of Public Health youth obesity prevention initiative, closes traffic to specific neighborhood streets for three or more hours to transform the community into safe, supervised play areas for families to stay active and healthy.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:18
Everyone who travels around Chicago recognizes Ashland Avenue as one of the most important transportation corridors in the city and can see it’s long overdue for an upgrade.
No matter what mode of transportation you’re using, trips are often frustratingly slow and unpredictable, especially during the morning and evening rush.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:40
We all can think of street crossings in the Chicago region that are badly in need of safety improvements -- many of them in low-income neighborhoods that lack good walking infrastructure.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:43
On July 7, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it's offering discounted annual Divvy Bikes memberships to low-income Chicago residents with its new Divvy for Everyone (D4E) program.
Through a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership and funds matched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Divvy for Everyone will provide people one-time annual memberships costing $5, which normally are $75.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:33
Bicycles are simple machines with the power to tackle complex challenges.
These words open the Two Wheels, One City Call to Action released earlier this week by Active Trans, Slow Roll Chicago, Chicago Cycling Club and more than a dozen other community partners.
Submitted by Jim Merrell on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:41
Active Trans wants to hear from YOU on priorities for building new bike routes in the city of Chicago.
Submitted by Jim Merrell on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:02
If you’ve got a rack or a basket on your bike, consider riding on Milwaukee Avenue past Huron Street on Thursday, May 28 between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
That’s because the Chicago Department of Transportation will be counting bikes with racks and baskets as part of a new nationwide competition to find the best city for everyday biking.
What city has the most cargo bikes? Where are more kids biking? And most importantly: what city has the highest number of people with beards riding bikes?
Submitted by Ron Burke on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:19
James Bausch had just bought an engagement ring for his girlfriend Amanda Annis when he biked by a crash scene.
Less than an hour later, he learned the crushing news: that his girlfriend had been hit and killed at that scene by a driver who ran a red light.
James told us that “nobody should have to go through what Mandy’s family and I went through in losing someone we loved to a preventable traffic crash.”
Tragedies like this are not inevitable, are not acceptable, and should be not be forgotten in the debate about traffic safety and red light cameras.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:08
It’s election season and the proposed rapid transit line on Ashland has been in the news.
Unfortunately, though, there have been many misperceptions about the project going around and little focus on the positive impact it would have on our neighborhoods.
Our Executive Director Ron Burke and Jacky Grimshaw, vice president for policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), sought to change that with a recent op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times: