North Suburbs

Suburban candidate voter guide

Suburban elections are right around the corner on April 4. Do you know where candidates in your community stand on biking, walking and transit issues? 

Active Trans contacted candidates for mayor and village president from municipalities across the region with a request to complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire.

In your community: local updates from around the region

Looking for the latest news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community? Look no further!

Below you can check out some highlights from our latest local e-newsletters. Our local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

Do your local candidates support active transportation?

With suburban municipal elections around the region less than a month away on April 4, it's a good time to ask: Where do my candidates stand on biking, walking and transportation? 

Active Trans is contacting candidates for mayor and village president from 200+ municipalities and requesting that they complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire to educate voters on their views related to active transportation issues.

Schaumburg Express bus is suburban transit done right

We often talk about the challenge of connecting Chicago’s many suburban communities via public transit. The vast geography of the region and the hub-and-spoke nature of our transit system makes it difficult to reach many major suburban destinations without a car.

Skokie Valley Trail extension underway

Gaps in the Skokie Valley Trail have long been a frustration of people who bike and walk in the North Suburbs. The multi-use path is envisioned to eventually run from Wisconsin to Chicago, but lack of funding has left the trail segmented. 

Fans of the trail will rejoice to learn that conversations around bridging the gap and extending the trail are currently underway.

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

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.

Duct tape and potted plants transform streets

Making an impact with infrastructure improvements doesn’t necessarily require large capital investments and years of planning. 

With minimal financial resources and plenty of sweat equity, Active Trans recently proved this by temporarily transforming public spaces in Willow Springs and other communities into a safe, enjoyable street environments for people to walk, bike, drive and interact — giving residents and community leaders a glimpse into how low-cost solutions can enhance the quality of life. 

Now open: North Branch Trail extension

The long anticipated 2-mile North Branch Trail extension from Caldwell and Devon Avenues to Forest Glen Avenue is finally open! Active Trans Executive Director, Ron Burke, attended Wednesday’s ribbon cutting celebration in the company of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and longtime advocate of the trail extension, 39th Ward Ald. Margaret Laurino.

A response to another anti-bike commentary

Last week, the Chicago Tribune published another anti-bike commentary from John McCarron. 

As with his past commentaries, we were treated with a flood of ill-informed opinions about people biking, protected bike lanes and the “free ride” bicyclists get.

Unfortunately, he continues to promote the common myth that people biking don’t pay their fair share of road costs — which is false. 

In response to McCarron’s commentary, we sent the Tribune a letter to the editor.