Submitted by Ted Villaire on Fri, 12/21/2018 - 14:28
There were plenty of attention-grabbing developments among the top active transportation stories of 2018.
Some of these developments helped make our streets safer and more inviting for people using active transportation, while others were intended to give more people access to better transportation options.
Here they are. If we missed an important story, please let us know in the comments below.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:10
A coalition of 15 community-based organizations joined Active Trans in asking candidates for mayor and city council to support a set of policies that will make it safer and easier to walk, bike and ride transit in neighborhoods across Chicago.
Submitted by Jim Merrell on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:03
Newly unveiled plans for the once-in-a-generation reconstruction of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square feature many exciting improvements for walking, biking, and transit. However, they fail to provide kind of transformative change needed to create safer streets that prioritize people over cars, particularly for people on bikes.
Submitted by su-administrator on Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:17
Chicago residents often talk about how riding a bike is the quickest way to get around the city’s most congested streets.
Well, a recent race in Portage Park proved it.
The Six Corners Association and Active Trans recently hosted a Multiple Modes of Transportation Race from the Six Corners intersection of Cicero Avenue, Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue to the Irving Park Blue Line Station and back during the afternoon rush.
The "racecourse" was one mile each way. Race contenders are pictured in the photo here.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:49
The results of the state elections are in and now it’s time for Illinois’ new leaders to get to work building a healthier, more sustainable and equitable transportation network.
Illinois hasn’t passed a long-term plan to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure since 2009, and that has contributed to an $19.4 billion maintenance backlog for the region’s transit agencies. Making matters worse, the state cut transit funding in the 2017 and 2018 budgets.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:11
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) are testing a new shared bus-bike lane concept during the reconstruction of the Chicago Avenue bridge.
Starting Thursday, November 1, the city is closing Chicago Avenue between Larrabee and Halsted Streets to demolish and reconstruct the bridge over the Chicago River. The closure is expected to last three months.
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:46
Chicagoans are abandoning their city's buses at alarming rates.
Why? The answer is made clear in Chicago’s first-ever Bus Friendly Streets Report Cards.
Data in the newly-released report cards shows bus speed and reliability on the decline because buses routinely get stuck in traffic and at red lights.
Active Trans developed the report cards using publicly available bus tracker data from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Submitted by W. Robert Schul... on Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:16
The call for a dedicated Bike-Walk Fund of $20 million in Chicago’s annual budget received the strongest support among respondents to a recent survey of Active Trans supporters and allies.
The survey is part of Active Trans’ Walk and Roll the Vote Campaign, which educates candidates and voters about the city’s most pressing transportation issues. Active Trans is working with community partners from across the city to develop a game-changing transportation platform for the 2019 elections.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:36
As executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, I am excited to join Chicago’s New Mobility Task Force, which meets for the first time Oct. 25.
Cities are poised to become more livable and equitable by making it easier and cheaper to get around with fewer cars on our streets, and new mobility options have the potential to accelerate this change.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 17:22
Do you want better walking, biking and transit options in your community?
For people who walk, bike or ride transit in the suburbs, our transportation system is often neither safe nor welcoming.