West Suburbs

Share your Illinois transportation woes

Everyone has an opinion about transportation in Illinois.

Now, by sharing those opinions with the Metropolitan Planning Council, you can help advocate for better transportation in the state.

MPC, which works on planning and development issues in the region, is asking people to share their experiences biking, walking, driving and using transit in Illinois. 

New campaign aims to improve safety

Crossing a busy street is an everyday activity for most local residents, but too often it’s also one of the most dangerous things they’ll do all day.

That’s why we’re excited to be launching Safe Crossings, a pedestrian-focused campaign designed to raise awareness about intersection safety and work with community partners to push for more dedicated funding for pedestrian improvements throughout Chicagoland.

Wayne Township soon to be first Illinois township to adopt bike plan

Last week, Wayne Township residents and elected officials came together to brainstorm ideas for making the six-community area in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs safer and more accessible for cyclists.

The enthusiastic crowd identified opportunities for new side paths, trail connections, on-street bicycle lanes and signage pointing the way to shops and downtowns.

Residents enjoy riding the trails in the area – such as the Illinois Prairie Path – but expressed frustration about “not being able to get to them.”

DuPage County's new tools for people who ride bikes

DuPage County has been working hard lately to make it easier for people who ride bikes.

The county recently launched a new app for smartphones and tablets; cyclists with the app will be able to pinpoint their location on county trails based on GIS data.

Another website, Go Bike, enables cyclists to plan routes based on whether they are casual or experienced riders.

Active Trans helps suburbs build Family-Friendly Bikeways

Three-foot-wide striped bike lanes and “share the road” markings may provide enough security for the 10 percent of people who are already strong and confident cyclists.

But what about the other 90 percent of people -- those who need more protection from cars in order to cycle without feeling anxious?

Active Trans believes that providing these 90 percent with “next-generation” bike facilities will increase confidence and allow for safer, more frequent cycling trips.

That’s the focus of our newest campaign, Family-Friendly Bikeways.

Bike Walk Every Town

What is Bike Walk Every Town?

Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and easy-to-use public transportation: These are not pipe dreams, but attainable goals that will make our region cleaner, healthier and more livable.

Berwyn embraces bikes and bungalows

The sky was cloudy, but spirits shown bright among dozens of riders on Berwyn’s Bikes and Bungalows tour.

Push for the Path campaign launched in Yorkville

Yorkville residents are taking matters into their own hands to raise money for a multi-use path in Kendall County.

Berwyn celebrates bikes and bungalows

Bungalow Appreciation Week will be celebrated in Berwyn on May

Elmhurst adopts bike parking ordinance and 'Share the Road' signage

Exciting news for Elmhurst! The Elmhurst City Council unanimously passed a bicycle parking ordinance on March 19.