West Suburbs

New effort aims to improve biking & walking in suburbs

In most suburban communities, getting around on a bicycle and on foot is often difficult and sometimes treacherous. As a result, many people who would like to bike and walk more often tend to avoid doing so.  

The good news is that we can change this.

Better trail connections in DuPage County

Several of our supporters recently attended DuPage County’s public meeting about changes coming to the Illinois Prairie Path.

Despite progress, biking options limited in suburbs

People who bike in Chicago's suburbs know that the vast majority of suburban towns don't feel safe or welcoming for people on two wheels. 

Super-sized streets with relentless traffic make people feel boxed in and cut off while biking. And this is especially true if you’re someone with minimal cycling experience. 

Thankfully, there are exceptions — suburbs that are starting to make progress in building biking infrastructure.

The benefits of teaching bike safety to teens

Teaching kids bike safety has a variety of positive effects. When kids regularly practice safe cycling, the streets become safer in the communities they live and travel through. 

At the high school level, when you introduce — or reinforce — bike safety, you present key skills and information at a time when young people are more likely to ride a bike for transportation instead of pure recreation.   

Also, when these teenagers eventually get behind the wheel of a car, they’re more likely to treat people biking with respect and courtesy. 

Tri-State Tollway expansion will only lead to more driving

Yet again, a state agency is adding lanes to a busy highway with hopes of relieving traffic congestion.

This week the Illinois Tollway announced it will move forward with planning for a $4 billion expansion project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street. It’s the latest in an alarming trend of spending billions of dollars to add capacity to major roadways in Chicagoland.

See our suburban pop-up events in action

Last summer and fall, Active Trans partnered up with a handful of suburban Cook County municipalities to host pop-up complete streets events.

The events used everyday materials, such as duct tape, tar paper, plants and house paint to create temporary complete streets facilities – crosswalks, bicycle lanes, roundabouts and other features to slow down vehicle traffic and improve safety for people walking and bicycling.

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.

No accountability for driver who hit Active Trans staffer

Getting struck by a driver while she was in a crosswalk in West Suburban Maywood means that Cherrell Jackson now has trouble doing one of her favorite activities — walking.

“I will be glad when I can finally walk my grandchildren to the park,” said Cherrell (pictured here). “Now I have to get into a car to go to the park. I’m a person who likes to walk, but now walking is really hard. Going more than a few blocks, the pain is too much.”

Brookfield seeks input about biking and walking

The Village of Brookfield is making some good strides toward improving biking and walking in the community.  

While these changes never happen overnight, this progress was apparent last week when more than 30 Brookfield residents attended a workshop to help develop the village’s active transportation plan.

Active transportation plans are important for communities because they provide a path forward for a connected transportation network that serves everyone who uses local streets, regardless of their ability and how they happen to get around.