Better biking coming to Will County

Biking and walking in Will County is soon to become more connected, safe and accessible thanks to the first-ever Will County Bikeway Plan, which was recently approved by the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board.

Participatory budgeting funds walking improvements

In recent years, Chicago has become a global pioneer for a government spending method called "participatory budgeting."  

Participatory budgeting, or PB, is a system in which citizens are given a direct vote on how government funds are spent.  

In Chicago, this takes place at the ward level, with alderman allowing their constituents to decide how to spend the $1.3 million in annual “menu money” they receive from the city.  

Boosting safety with education campaigns

Education is always one of the most talked about topics in traffic safety, and Vision Zero is no different.

December events on the Lakefront Trail

Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail.

See what's going on in the month of December so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

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


Saturday, December 3

Jingle Bell Christmas Walk
4 p.m.
Lincoln Park Grove 


Fight for safer streets continues under President Trump

Since Election Day, we have received many questions from members, partners and the media about what the results mean for the future of active transportation in the Chicago region.

At the state level, the passage of the transportation lockbox amendment means we'll stay engaged in the legislative fight to ensure any new money can be spent on biking, walking and public transportation projects.

Your latest local active transportation news

The second issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

Chicagoland Suburbs

River trail plan encourages people to think big

Active Trans has released the full version of our Chicago River Trail Action Plan, which lays out key opportunities to advance the goal of a continuous Chicago River Trail for each neighborhood along the river.

Download and view the full report here.

Limiting turns could save lives

It’s no secret that the majority of crashes that result in people walking and biking being killed involve turning vehicles. The question is what can be done about it.

Recent Chicago crash analysis found 52 percent of pedestrian crashes at signalized intersections involved turning vehicles; 36 percent were left turns and 16 percent were right turns.

North Shore event focuses on active transportation

Mark Fenton, one of the nation's most well known advocates for creating walkable and bikeable communities, recently spent some time on the North Shore. During a conference presentation and walk audits, he shared many ideas with local leaders and advocates on how to make their communites safer and more welcoming for people walking and biking. 

On October 3 through 5, the Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups, Go Green Wilmette, and Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation welcomed Mark Fenton to Chicago’s North Shore.

Vision Zero


Vision Zero is an international traffic safety movement guided by the principle that no loss of life on our streets is acceptable. Traffic crashes are not mere “accidents,” but preventable incidents that can be reduced and eliminated with systemic changes.