Chicago West & Southwest Side

Why institutionalizing speeding is a bad idea

In the latest Chicago Tribune story on the city’s photo enforcement program, the reporter quotes national safety experts who seem more concerned with keeping cars moving as fast as possible than making our streets safer.

Crain's op-ed: Rauner's budget to run transit off the rails

Our Executive Director Ron Burke has a strong op-ed in today's Crain's Chicago Business about Governor Rauner's proposed transit cuts:

"With more Chicagoans of all ages choosing to ride transit every year, we should be investing more to build a transit system that better serves our neighborhoods and connects people to job centers in the city and suburbs, rather than slashing funding for an already underfunded system."

What can improve Chicago's streets?

Imagine, if you will, a city that features wide (and safe) sidewalks, an abundance of bike racks, bike workstations on street corners, and public gathering spaces with trees, landscaping and places to sit. What if that city was Chicago?

After gathering preliminary feedback, the Chicago Department of Transportation has launched a citywide text and online survey to seek input from Chicagoans regarding future improvements to Chicago’s public spaces.

Say NO to transit cuts

On Wednesday Gov. Rauner unveiled a budget proposal that would further damage the Chicago region’s already underfunded transit system, while bolstering the road fund statewide.

Now you have a chance to fight back and show your support for public transit.

Chicago candidates on active transportation voter guide

With election day three weeks away, we’ve released our 2015 Active Transportation Voter Guide so Chicago voters can learn about the views of candidates in their ward on walking, biking and public transit issues.

The voter guide is composed of responses from mayoral and aldermanic candidates to a questionnaire we sent to all candidates.

CDOT releases 2015 street resurfacing plan

Though the 2014–15 winter hasn’t (yet) been as cold as 2014’s Chiberia or as snowy as 2011’s Snowpocalypse, the freeze-thaw cycles our region experiences each winter mean that potholes are inevitable.

The good news: Earlier this week, Chicago Department of Transportation released a list of 61 miles of arterial streets to be repaved as part of the city’s new annual standard of repaving at least 300 miles of roads!

Winter Bike to Work Day a Success

Hundreds of winter cyclists descended upon Daley Plaza Friday morning to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day and the first ever Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

Winter Bike to Work Day commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history -- January 20, 1985 -- when the temperature dropped to 27 degrees below zero. 

Ronit Bezalel of The Chainlink was also there to capture the celebration. You can view her photos here.

CDOT solicits input for placemaking guidelines

As a supporter of the Active Transportation Alliance, you’re most likely familiar with the idea of Complete Streets, the design approach that requires streets to be designed for safe, convenient use by users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

A great pairing to Complete Streets is the philosophy of placemaking, a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates community building and neighborhood identity into designing community spaces.

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South and West Side advocates demand better cycling

You may have heard about a group of advocates who recently asked the City of Chicago to create better conditions for cycling, including more bike lanes and Divvy stations, on the South and West Sides. With the South and West Sides too often misrepresented as cycling deserts, it is fantastic to see local cyclists like Oboi Reed, Shawn Conley and Peter Taylor (Taylor serves on our board of directors) leading the charge for better biking!