North Suburbs

Stop Illiana Tollway project while it's stalled

In an encouraging sign, recently inaugurated Governor Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order putting the ill-conceived Illiana Tollway and other major infrastructure projects on hold pending a “careful review of costs and benefits.”

Sign and share our petition to Governor Rauner to kill the project for good.

Roll the Cold Bike Challenge starts soon!

Have you registered for the Roll the Cold Bike Challenge yet?

If not, you can do so here. Biking one way to or from your destination on one day between January 17-23 counts as participating in the challenge.

The person who rides (and logs) the most miles during the challenge will be honored as the King/Queen of the 2015 Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

This means being featured on our social media and highlighted in communications for our 2015 (Summer) Bike Commuter Challenge.

You can win prizes for raising money too. Check it out: 

Chicago Tribune changing the tune on red light cameras?

You may know that the Chicago Tribune has led the charge against red light cameras, and their assertions -- similar to misleading claims they have made about speed cameras -- have been flawed at times. The Tribune also failed to mention that experts like the Federal Highway Administration found that red light cameras reduce crashes.

Roll the Cold Bike Challenge registration is now open!

Join both newbies and seasoned winter riders across Chicagoland for the Roll the Cold Bike Challenge, January 17-23, 2015. Simply sign up and set up your page to start tracking your trips. The person who rides (and logs) the most miles during the Challenge gets the honor of being named the King/Queen of the 2015 Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

Share your Illinois transportation woes

Everyone has an opinion about transportation in Illinois.

Now, by sharing those opinions with the Metropolitan Planning Council, you can help advocate for better transportation in the state.

MPC, which works on planning and development issues in the region, is asking people to share their experiences biking, walking, driving and using transit in Illinois. 

New campaign aims to improve safety

Crossing a busy street is an everyday activity for most local residents, but too often it’s also one of the most dangerous things they’ll do all day.

That’s why we’re excited to be launching Safe Crossings, a pedestrian-focused campaign designed to raise awareness about intersection safety and work with community partners to push for more dedicated funding for pedestrian improvements throughout Chicagoland.

Evanston leaders: Please forge ahead with Bike Plan Update

Evanston has one of the highest rates of biking in the entire country and is second only to Madison, WI, on the list of midwestern bike hubs.

In response to the rapid growth in the number of people using bikes to get around town, Evanston recently adopted an exciting update to the city's bike plan.

But even in a bike-friendly place like Evanston, we need to speak up to ensure the bold vision included in the bike plan update becomes a reality.

Northwest suburban communities adopt vision for Des Plaines River Trail

People who live and work in seven communities along the Des Plaines River Trail are on their way to having better access to this iconic trail in northern Chicagoland.

Today, the Des Plaines River Trail crosses many busy roads in Northwest Cook County, like Dundee, Milwaukee and Oakton — with little to no accommodations for people trying to walk or bike across these high speed, high volume roadways.

Attend public meetings and call for action on Evanston Bike Plan Update

The Evanston City Council recently adopted a Bike Plan Update that has the potential to establish Evanston as one of the most bike-friendly cities in America. If fully realized, the plan will provide a model for communities across our region looking to create family-friendly bikeways. 

But this outcome cannot be taken for granted and strong advocacy is needed right now to ensure this exciting vision moves from plan to reality.

Evanston bike plan hits the brakes

Evanston City Council members unfortunately delayed voting on a new bike plan at a recent council meeting.

Most residents spoke in support of the plan, but several objected to the proposed extension of the Davis Street bike lane through their neighborhood.

Residents raised concerns about the lane increasing traffic congestion and impacting the historic character of the area. They also offered alternative streets for the route.