Walking

Navy Pier Flyover on track to be complete in 2018

The lengthy construction process for the Navy Pier Flyover has been frustrating for many Lakefront Trail users, but the city says it will be finished next year.

The flyover, which will allow people biking and walking on the trail to bypass congested vehicle traffic around Navy Pier, is one of the highest profile active transportation projects in the region. We get questions about the status often, especially as temperatures warm up and more people use the trail.

Let's plan for a walkable future

This is a guest blog provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. 

How will metropolitan Chicago look if more people want to live in walkable, mixed-use areas by 2050?

At the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), we are asking residents across northeast Illinois this very question (and several more) to inform the development of ON TO 2050, the next comprehensive plan for the region.

Finally, here’s our chance to fix Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park

Active Trans members and supporters are all too familiar with the dangerous conditions for people walking and biking along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor in Wicker Park.

On May 9, we’ll have a chance to voice our concerns at a public meeting hosted by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), along with Alderman Moreno (1st Ward), Alderman Hopkins (2nd Ward), Alderman Waguespack (32nd Ward) and the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33.

May 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 May so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

For more information on conditions on the Lakefront Trail, check out our Lakefront Trail Twitter page.

Monday, May 1

Tri-State Tollway expansion will only lead to more driving

Yet again, a state agency is adding lanes to a busy highway with hopes of relieving traffic congestion.

This week the Illinois Tollway announced it will move forward with planning for a $4 billion expansion project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street. It’s the latest in an alarming trend of spending billions of dollars to add capacity to major roadways in Chicagoland.

39th Ward Trails and Bikeways Workshop

Are you a 39th Ward resident who wants to improve neighborhood trails and bikeways? Do you have ideas about how to create safe and accessible connections?

The 39th Ward -- represented by Alderman Margaret Laurino -- contains a large section of the Chicago River on the far Northwest Side. So, needless to say, it's going to be a key part of the campaign to develop a continuous Chicago River Trail.

Please join us for a community workshop with Ald. Laurino to learn about proposed projects and to share your ideas for improving trails and bike routes.

Next steps in the Chicago River Trail campaign

Can you imagine having trail access to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and the suburbs as a bicyclist or runner?

Did you know the Chicago River already has 13.2 miles of trails for biking and walking and that the city will complete an additional 1.7 trail miles in 2017?

We couldn’t be more excited for the next steps in the campaign to build a continuous Chicago River Trail. It's energizing to think about the river trail's potential to promote the city's cultural life. 

Imagining the Chicago River Trail in Chinatown

Creating safe and easy access to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and showcasing cultural assets are key goals of the River Trail campaign.  

Our plan for a Chicago River Trail is driven by the idea that more Chicago neighborhoods need better access to recreation options and healthy transportation infrastructure. 

One of the many neighborhoods in the city that would benefit from a continuous Chicago River Trail is Chinatown.

Chicago River Trail

Background

The idea of a river trail is not a new one. At least as far back as Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan for Chicago, concepts for riverfront promenades and other public spaces have been a part of the public discourse in Chicago.

But thanks to recent initiatives, like the City of Chicago's Our Great Rivers vision, buzz about a continuous Chicago River Trail has emerged once again.

Showing Congress Chicagoans oppose gutting transit spending

Even before President Trump released a budget blueprint featuring major cuts to transit spending, we knew it was going to be a critical year in Washington, D.C. for active transportation.