Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 17:18
The most opportunities to increase the number of people who ride transit to work in Cook County lies in the outer ring suburbs, where interchanges and disconnected towns leave residents with no choice but to spend hours each day stuck in traffic on the way to and from work.
Extending the Blue Line northwest through the I-90 Corridor to Schaumburg and west along I-88 to Oak Brook would go a long way toward solving that problem.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:15
Imagine if you could get from Midway to O’Hare in less than 40 minutes on public transit.
Currently, that trip takes well over an hour and involves transferring from the Orange to the Blue Line in the Loop before coming all the way back west towards O’Hare. Building the Airport Connector Express, one of 10 expansion projects in our Transit Future vision, could cut the travel time between Chicago’s two airports in half.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:25
As a 20-year resident of Oak Park, I’m excited to share a number of changes coming to Oak Park that will improve conditions for biking and walking.
Last week, the village board approved the Oak Park Neighborhood Greenways system as an addendum to its 2008 bike plan. Elements of the 2008 bike plan have already been adopted, such as significantly more and better bike parking near transit stations, bike lanes, wayfinding signs and creating a village government bike fleet.
Submitted by Ted Villaire on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:10
If you’ve never seen or heard of a woonerf, the city of Batavia in the western suburbs has built a great example of one. It’s a European-style "shared street" that looks like a brick plaza that cars are allowed to drive on. It has no curbs, no sidewalks and is designed for people driving, people biking (the Fox River Trail that runs right through it), and people walking — all accommodated by designs that effectively slow cars down.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:50
The city of Chicago promotes bike culture through a celebratory week of biking once a year, but did you know various suburbs also celebrate Bike to Work Week, as well?
Here are just a few of the efforts to encourage more biking in suburban communities during Bike to Work Week.
The Village of Lombard, which has participated in Bike to Work Week since 2005, uses a unique approach to get more of the village employees to ride their bikes or walk to work during the week.
Submitted by Jason Jenkins on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:40
Thanks to Active Trans' Kids on Wheels program, more kids in the region are learning to ride bikes safely and more schools are offering bike education.
Kids on Wheels provides a “starter fleet” consisting of a fully enclosed mobile trailer containing 28 bikes, helmets, and all the needed accessories and training for a school district to provide a comprehensive bike education program.
Submitted by Kasey Holloway on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:34
Leading health experts agree that there is a direct connection between our neighborhoods and our health. The ZIP codes in which we live can be as much of a predictor of a person's health and well-being as his or her DNA or individual behaviors.
So how do we ensure that communities are healthy places for people to live?
Submitted by Erin McMillan on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 14:39
We’ve recently had some parents and school officials share with us stories about unsafe streets near schools.
Unfortunately, the dangerous conditions they describe are all too common.
No sidewalks. Fast moving traffic. Dangerous crossings. Sound familiar?
For too many Illinois children, these are the unacceptable conditions they encounter every day while walking or biking to school.
Unsafe streets put our kids at risk of not only traumatic injuries, but a lack of physical activity and the associated dangers, such as obesity and chronic disease.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:03
As voters in Chicago prepare to vote in runoff elections on April 7 for mayor and 19 city council seats, suburban voters will go to the polls that same day to elect leaders with the potential to shape the future of biking, walking and public transit in the suburbs.
Based on input from our members and supporters throughout the region, we have released our 2015 Suburban Active Transportation Platform.
Submitted by su-administrator on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:36
Our Executive Director Ron Burke has a strong op-ed in today's Crain's Chicago Business about Governor Rauner's proposed transit cuts:
"With more Chicagoans of all ages choosing to ride transit every year, we should be investing more to build a transit system that better serves our neighborhoods and connects people to job centers in the city and suburbs, rather than slashing funding for an already underfunded system."