Walking

Illinois has work to do to be more bicycle friendly

A new report finds Illinois has a solid foundation in place to become one of the most bicycle friendly states in the nation, but we’re missing opportunities to improve.

The League of American Bicyclists ranks Illinois 16th in the country and third in the Midwest for biking and walking.

November events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of November so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

As the temperatures fall heading into winter, there are fewer events to watch out for. 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Lakefront Trail users need protection from LSD traffic

As the Lakefront Trail separation project moves forward, it’s become clear the city should add guard rails to sections of the bike trail that run close to car traffic on Lake Shore Drive.

For the past several weeks we have heard from a handful of members and supporters concerned about the proximity of the newly separated trail and the busy lakefront highway. They noted some segments of the bike trail near 47th street are within several feet of cars travelling at 40 miles per hour or more.

Move prompts stroll down memory lane

After 12 years at 9 W. Hubbard, Active Trans is moving. Starting Monday, Oct. 23, our new outpost is on the 17th floor of 35 E. Wacker in downtown Chicago. 

Moving a 32-year-old nonprofit organization has been no easy task. Choosing what needs to be packed, what needs to be recycled and what needs to be donated -- and boxing everything up has taken several weeks to complete. 

Navy Pier Flyover shouldn’t be delayed any further

The final phase of one of the most anticipated biking and walking projects in the Chicago region will be delayed until 2019.

Mary Wisniewski of the Chicago Tribune reported this week that the Navy Pier Flyover – which will allow people biking and walking on the Lakefront Trail to bypass congestion around the popular tourist destination – will not be completed as scheduled in 2018.

312 RiverRun advances Chicago River Trail

Biking, walking and jogging enthusiasts enjoyed a big victory yesterday when the city announced a new trail, the 312 RiverRun, and broke ground on what will be the breathtaking Riverview Bridge (pictured).

The "3-1-2" RiverRun trail will connect three city parks via one bicycle and pedestrian path for two miles.

It'll be great for city residents to have safe and easy access to the green spaces of Clark, California, and Horner Parks, all lining the river.

October events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of October so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

River Edge Ideas Lab moves Chicago River Trail forward

Coming up with creative ways to add trail segments along highly developed areas and ensuring that neighborhood residents are involved in the process of planning new trails are top priorities of Active Trans' campaign for a continuous Chicago River Trail.

One area that presents opportunities and challenges is the 1.75-mile stretch from Lake Street in the Loop to the Amtrak vertical lift bridge in Chinatown.

Chicago River Trail will improve mental health

Have you ever wondered why you felt better after spending time in nature or exercising by water? You experienced this because research shows these activities improve mood, cognitive functioning and self-esteem.

That is just one of the reasons why creating more green space like trails in urban areas is critical.

Over 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities and that number will rise to 70 percent in the next twenty years.

At the same time, city residents are more likely to have an anxiety and mood disorder than those in rural areas.

How to influence infrastructure spending in your ward

Do you have ideas for improving walking or biking in your neighborhood?

If your ward hosts a participatory budgeting process, you might have an opportunity to put your idea up for a vote.

All you have to do is snap a photo of the area you would like to improve and contact your alderman to propose the changes you would like to see.