Walking

Join Big Marsh Bike Convergence on Sat., July 28

The needs of people biking and walking on Chicago's Southeast Side have been ignored for too long. In an effort to change that, community advocates are now ramping up the pressure on local elected officials.

Our Bus Advocacy Grants are being put to work!

In 2017, Active Trans and our partners from the Back on the Bus Coalition published the Back on the Bus report. This report found that bus ridership in the city was dropping and that the way to increase bus ridership was to focus on improving bus speed and reliability. 

To reverse this trend, three recommendations were given:

Chinatown organization works to improve walkability

Chicago's Chinatown has been touted as one of the only Chinatowns in the U.S. that is growing. Indeed, over the past several years, Chinese Americans have moved beyond Chinatown's core within Armour Square and into "Greater Chinatown." 

While Chicago's Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood and great place to live, it’s also long overdue for active transportation investments. 

Tell governor to sign Bike Walk Education in Schools Act

Another important bike safety bill has arrived on Governor Rauner's desk and we need your help to make sure it's signed into law. 

The Bike Walk Education in Schools Act (HB 4799) passed the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities and awaits the governor's signature.

July 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 July so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. This month will be busy!

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

Become an Active Trans Ambassador on Aug. 2

Do you share our vision for a region with safe opportunities to bike, walk and take public transit?

Are you excited about the work that Active Trans does and have an interest in advancing our mission by educating others?

If you answered yes, we need you to help us fight for this vision by becoming an Active Trans Ambassador.

Click here to sign up for an evening training in our office, 6-7:30 p.m. on August 2.

Extending the I&M Canal Trail

A few southwest suburban communities, including Summit, are exploring an extension to the popular Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal Trail for biking and walking.

Earlier this month, Active Trans joined Summit Mayor Sergio Rodriguez, local advocates and trail development experts for a tour of a potential site for the trail along the Sanitary and Ship Canal in the Village of Summit (The Sanitary and Ship Canal is a 28-mile-long canal system that connects the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River).   

Celebrate Lakefront Trail improvements with us

For more than 30 years, Active Trans has been working to make the Lakefront Trail safer and easier to use. In the past year or so, parts of the trail have taken a quantum leap forward in terms of safety and comfort. But as you probably know, work still needs to be done. 

Join us on June 28 at Theater on the Lake as we celebrate the newly separated trails for people on foot and on bikes. Hear from advocates and city leaders about how the project is going and what’s needed to push it across the finish line.

UIC public health students advance Weber Spur Trail

Because urban trails encourage more people to bike, walk and run, they happen to be one of the best tools we have to improve public health.

This desire to help people improve their health is in part what fuels our work to advance a continuous Chicago River Trail. 

Biking & walking safety education bill on home stretch

Every day in Illinois, an average of 5 kids are hit by drivers of motor vehicles within one block of a school, and more are hit beyond the school zones.

A bill that would help address this tragic daily occurrence while encouraging more walking and biking has passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner for approval.