Submitted by Jean Khut on Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:50
The city of Chicago promotes bike culture through a celebratory week of biking once a year, but did you know various suburbs also celebrate Bike to Work Week, as well?
Here are just a few of the efforts to encourage more biking in suburban communities during Bike to Work Week.
The Village of Lombard, which has participated in Bike to Work Week since 2005, uses a unique approach to get more of the village employees to ride their bikes or walk to work during the week.
Submitted by Jason Jenkins on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:40
Thanks to Active Trans' Kids on Wheels program, more kids in the region are learning to ride bikes safely and more schools are offering bike education.
Kids on Wheels provides a “starter fleet” consisting of a fully enclosed mobile trailer containing 28 bikes, helmets, and all the needed accessories and training for a school district to provide a comprehensive bike education program.
Submitted by Kasey Holloway on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:34
Leading health experts agree that there is a direct connection between our neighborhoods and our health. The ZIP codes in which we live can be as much of a predictor of a person's health and well-being as his or her DNA or individual behaviors.
So how do we ensure that communities are healthy places for people to live?
Submitted by Nancy Wagner on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:52
New and improved bus service is coming to Jefferson Park and Niles.
Recently members of the public gathered at the Niles Park District Oasis Water Park for to learn more about Pulse, Pace’s new arterial bus rapid transit network (ART). Those who attended had the opportunity to review maps of the route, make comments on the proposed service and ask questions to PACE representatives.
Submitted by Erin McMillan on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 14:39
We’ve recently had some parents and school officials share with us stories about unsafe streets near schools.
Unfortunately, the dangerous conditions they describe are all too common.
No sidewalks. Fast moving traffic. Dangerous crossings. Sound familiar?
For too many Illinois children, these are the unacceptable conditions they encounter every day while walking or biking to school.
Unsafe streets put our kids at risk of not only traumatic injuries, but a lack of physical activity and the associated dangers, such as obesity and chronic disease.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:03
As voters in Chicago prepare to vote in runoff elections on April 7 for mayor and 19 city council seats, suburban voters will go to the polls that same day to elect leaders with the potential to shape the future of biking, walking and public transit in the suburbs.
Based on input from our members and supporters throughout the region, we have released our 2015 Suburban Active Transportation Platform.
Submitted by su-administrator on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:36
Our Executive Director Ron Burke has a strong op-ed in today's Crain's Chicago Business about Governor Rauner's proposed transit cuts:
"With more Chicagoans of all ages choosing to ride transit every year, we should be investing more to build a transit system that better serves our neighborhoods and connects people to job centers in the city and suburbs, rather than slashing funding for an already underfunded system."
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:29
Submitted by su-administrator on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:44
Submitted by Ron Burke on Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:57
That walking and biking takes a back seat to driving in most cities is never more apparent than after a good snowfall. Even in downtown Chicago, where people moving on foot vastly outnumber those in cars, the streets generally get cleared before the sidewalks.
Making matters worse is the accumulation of snow removed from streets that blocks sidewalks and bike lanes.
Like streets, sidewalks in front of homes and businesses are public spaces. Unlike streets, however, most cities rely on private citizens to clear sidewalks.