Submitted by Ron Burke on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:49
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.
Submitted by Jalal Williams on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:53
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.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:35
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.
Submitted by Hanna Kite on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:28
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.
Submitted by Jackie Blair on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:06
Submitted by Jackie Blair on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:11
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.
Submitted by Ted Villaire on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:42
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.”
Submitted by Jackie Blair on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 16:18
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.
Submitted by Jackie Blair on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:40
With suburban municipal elections around the region less than a month away on April 4, it's a good time to ask: Where do my candidates stand on biking, walking and transportation?
Active Trans is contacting candidates for mayor and village president from 200+ municipalities and requesting that they complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire to educate voters on their views related to active transportation issues.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:14