North Suburbs

Know of a dangerous crossing near a school?

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.

Make an impact on your suburban elections

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.

Crain's op-ed: Rauner's budget to run transit off the rails

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."

Say NO to transit cuts

On Wednesday Gov. Rauner unveiled a budget proposal that would further damage the Chicago region’s already underfunded transit system, while bolstering the road fund statewide.

Now you have a chance to fight back and show your support for public transit.

Lakemoor makes 'best-of' list for Complete Streets!

Congratulations to Lakemoor, Illinois for adopting the nation's third-best Complete Streets Policy in 2014!

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014, released by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, examines and scores each of the 74 Complete Streets policy enacted in 2014.

Evanston pursues better shoveling for sidewalks

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. 

Chicago candidates on active transportation voter guide

With election day three weeks away, we’ve released our 2015 Active Transportation Voter Guide so Chicago voters can learn about the views of candidates in their ward on walking, biking and public transit issues.

The voter guide is composed of responses from mayoral and aldermanic candidates to a questionnaire we sent to all candidates.

Winter Bike to Work Day a Success

Hundreds of winter cyclists descended upon Daley Plaza Friday morning to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day and the first ever Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

Winter Bike to Work Day commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history -- January 20, 1985 -- when the temperature dropped to 27 degrees below zero. 

Ronit Bezalel of The Chainlink was also there to capture the celebration. You can view her photos here.

North Suburbs

 Overview

The North Suburbs include north suburban Cook County, as well as Lake and McHenry counties.

Pace proposes transit plan in Chicago suburbs

On Tuesday Pace – the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) – unveiled a proposal it has submitted to the federal government to “change the suburban transit environment” with expanded bus rapid transit (BRT) service.