West Suburbs

Aurora, Fox River Trail get protected bike lanes

Protected bike lanes (PBLs) are for more than just Chicago and directly-adjacent suburbs.

Aurora, welcome to the (growing) club!

On May 13, the City of Aurora officially opened a half-mile of curb-protected PBLs on River St.  

The new bikeway serves those biking for transportation and closes the last major gap in the 60+ mile Fox River Trail network. 

Brookfield plants flag as bike-friendly community

Hundreds of people enjoyed the spring weather over the weekend for the Village of Brookfield’s inaugural Bike Brookfield event.  

The event -- which included a kids ride, a 5K/10K community ride and an after party with live music and raffle prizes from area businesses -- drew people from all parts of the community and all ages, along with visitors from nearby suburbs and Chicago. 

New bike education effort aimed at older students

Active Trans and Greenline Wheels just wrapped up a new two-week on-bike education program for students at Oak Park/River Forest High School. 

The program was partly the result of input from concerned residents and teachers in the OPRF community. 

The program’s goals are to: 

Stories show the need for safer walking & biking to school

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign focuses on making walking and biking to school better for kids across the state of Illinois.

We work with parents, students, teachers and other allies to champion improvements to the state’s Safe Routes to School program.

From communities across Illinois, everyone has a story to tell.

Adding lanes to Stevenson won’t relieve congestion

Last week Governor Rauner announced a proposal to add managed travel lanes to Interstate 55 under a public private partnership.

If approved by the Illinois General Assembly, the project would add at least one lane in each direction to I-55 between Interstate 355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) and Interstate 90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway).

Batavia working to build safe routes for healthy kids

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign aims to make communities safer for kids to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Throughout the Chicago region, many of them aren’t able to walk and bike to school due to poorly designed streets. In the western suburb of Batavia, a group of local advocates made it a mission to change this.

Help plan a safer North Ave. in Chicago’s western suburbs

Across much of Chicago and through its western suburbs, North Ave. is one of those dreaded major arterial roads.

The state-owned, super-sized street is designed to move as many cars as possible as quickly as possible, regardless of the impact on people walking, biking and riding transit.

Now we may have an opportunity to change that and make North Ave. safer for everyone.

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

This winter, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics on various subjects.

The clinics, called Teach Me Tuesdays, will be held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. starting January 5 and running through March 29. Each clinic will be about an hour long.  

Here's the schedule:

Early reviews for new Ventra app generating excitement

Starting Thursday, Chicagoland transit riders can download a mobile app to reload their transit cards, buy Metra mobile tickets and track nearby buses and trains.

The free Ventra app available on Apple and Android devices will make it easier for CTA and Pace riders to manage their Ventra accounts, but the biggest benefit is to Metra riders who are no longer required to purchase paper tickets.

Federal bill preserves active transportation funding

In a big victory for the active transportation community, the U.S.