Submitted by Maggie Melin on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:56
Seven years ago, Dave Simmons from Elk Grove Village decided to turn his passion for riding bikes into a non-profit with a mission to get more people on their bikes. Through Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove (FCEG), Dave is determined to see more people riding not only for recreation, but also for transportation – to school, to work, to the grocery store, and beyond.
Submitted by Matt Gomez on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:02
Active Transportation Alliance is undertaking a new, broad-reaching advocacy campaign called Trail Connect Chicagoland to mobilize our members and supporters around our vision for a seamlessly connected regional trail network.
As one of the first steps in this new campaign, Active Trans recently convened grassroots advocates, allied organizations, local bike clubs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies to kick off a new regional coalition focused on trail advocacy.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:21
Through our Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy training, we've been meeting people doing great work in suburban Chicago communities.
One of these people is Eberhard Veit, a 10-year bicycle-advocacy veteran from Crystal Lake. He has an impressive resume and has helped ensure the inclusion of biking and walking facilities and the closure of trail gaps on numerous projects throughout McHenry County.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:20
This is a continuation of our two-part blog series highlighting the walking advocacy of two inspiring women in the suburbs.
This fall the Active Transportation Alliance gathered more than 100 advocates from 63 villages and cities across the region, both online and in-person, to take part in our Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy training.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:44
Last year, as part of the Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy program, the Active Transportation Alliance hosted several advocacy skills-building workshops.
We were privileged to cross paths with several dedicated leaders who have spent years working to improve walking, biking and transit conditions in their communities. We wanted to learn what motivated them to volunteer their time and persist through the oftentimes bumpy road of transportation advocacy.
Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:17
One of the highest priority transportation proposals in McHenry County has been a three-quarter mile multi-use trail along Bull Valley Road just south of the City of McHenry in the northwest suburbs.
This proposed trail extension that runs between Route 31 and the Illinois Prairie Path was also highlighted in the Active Transportation Alliance’s Trail Connect Chicagoland map, which envisions a continuous trail network in Northwest Illinois.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:56
The coming new year provides a moment to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. With that in mind, here is Active Transportation Alliance’s top ten list of active transportation stories from 2017.
As you browse through these, be sure to savor the successes — especially if you’re one of the many people who helped make them happen.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:55
Growing up middle class in rural Pennsylvania, Katie Shaw Thompson never imagined life without a car.
Now a resident in the City of Elgin, Katie’s opinion on transportation, what’s possible and what should be possible, has shifted. Katie is a proud four-season bike commuter, a mother of two squirrely preschoolers, and an ordained pastor.
Submitted by su-administrator on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:23
The fifth 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.
Submitted by su-administrator on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:04
No one forgets how to ride a bike. They just forget that they should be riding a bike. That's why Highland Park's Bike Walk Advisory Group (BWAG) teamed up with Highland Park School District 112 to encourage students to walk or bike to school.
Inspired by the national Bike-Walk to School Day, members of BWAG contacted every elementary and middle school principal in town.