Transit

Bikes finish first in Northwest Side multimodal race

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.  

Bike Walk Fund needed in Illinois

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.

Shared bus-bike lane to pilot on Halsted

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.

Chicago bus report cards show great need for upgrades

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). 

Survey results show broad support for platform ideas

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. 

Active Trans joins Chicago's New Mobility Task Force

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.

Suburban advocacy summit on October 27

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.

Congressional candidates share views on transportation issues

With many threats and opportunities looming in Washington, D.C., decisions by the next U.S. Congress will shape the future of biking, walking and public transit in the Chicago region for years to come.

To educate candidates and voters about federal transportation priorities for the next Congress, Active Trans partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on a seven-question candidate questionnaire.

Red Line Extension would bring major economic benefits

People who scoff at the cost of the Red Line Extension ($2+ billion) shouldn’t overlook the significant social and economic benefits it would deliver to several of the most isolated and disinvested communities in the city. 

Oak Park advocates stay connected with local officials

A new group of advocates in Oak Park is committed to strengthening the village’s position as one of the best Chicago suburbs for walking, biking and public transit.

Formed less than a year ago, Bike Walk Oak Park (BWOP) has become a vocal presence in the community, calling for safer streets for people walking and biking in the village.