West Suburbs

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. 

Do your local candidates support active transportation?

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.

Local engineering firm a leader in promoting biking

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) is on a mission to get as many of its employees on bikes as possible. The engineering and surveying firm known for its work in communities throughout Illinois uses a variety approaches for encouraging its employees to commute by bicycle to its offices in Rosemont. 

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

Once again, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics called Teach Me Tuesdays. 

The free clinics cover various subjects and are held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., from January 10 through April 18 at the Greenline Wheels office, 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park. 

 

Teach Me Tuesdays schedule

Your latest local active transportation news

The second issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

Chicagoland Suburbs

Raffle winner opts for bike patrol escort

After winning a ride to school with a police officer in a raffle, a Riverside student opted for a police escort while biking instead of getting a ride in a squad car. 

Alex Schrier (left), his brother James and their mother, Rachel (far right), got an escort to Central School last week as part of the raffle prize for the Ride to School fundraiser.

Bike race for everyone becomes instant classic

Last month, the Active Transportation Alliance partnered up with the northwestern suburb of Bartlett to host the first-ever Kickstand Classic.

Beautiful weather and just over 500 enthusiastic riders made for a fantastic first event!

This event gave riders of all skill levels and speeds the opportunity to participate in a chip-timed race.

The riders made a loop 4.8-mile loop through the scenic town of Bartlett. The race was broken down into three waves of riders depending on their speed. 

Training the next generation of people biking

A group of teenagers in the western suburbs just enhanced their bicycling knowledge and received their very own bicycles in the process when they completed the inaugural Youth Earn A Bike Program from Greenline Wheels. Greenline Wheels is a nonprofit managed by Active Trans that promotes bicycling as a sustainable and affordable form of transportation and offers bike education programs.

Bicycling loses major figure

We were saddened to hear the news of the recent death of Phyllis Harmon, a vital figure in promoting bicycling  -- not just in Chicagoland, but in the entire nation. 

Among her many honors were getting inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, having a trail named after her in Wheeling and getting inducted to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Hall of Fame (CBF changed its name to the Active Transportation Alliance in 2008.)