South Suburbs

Better biking coming to Will County

Biking and walking in Will County is soon to become more connected, safe and accessible thanks to the first-ever Will County Bikeway Plan, which was recently approved by the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board.

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

Unveiling the Broadway Metro Express

The Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) is putting the final touches on plans for Northwest Indiana’s first rapid bus service, the Broadway Metro Express, launching in summer 2017.

The idea of a regional bus rapid transit (BRT) line is a key recommendation in Gary’s Livable Broadway Plan. The plan was developed in a partnership between GPTC, Indiana Department of Transportation, the cities of Gary and Crown Point, and the town of Merrillville. 

Active Trans launches new local e-newsletters

Curious about what Active Trans is working on in your community? Now you have an easy way of finding out through our new In Your Community quarterly e-newsletters, which launched this week.

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

Trail extension to bring more connectivity to Chicagoland

The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail runs along the historic canal that was built in the mid-1800s to help connect the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico for commercial trade.

New map for Northwest Indiana

Looking for a comfortable bike route between Chicago and Indiana? Look no further! The 2016 Northwest Indiana Regional Greenways & Blueways map has just been released for free to the public. 

This past winter and spring, staff at Active Trans worked with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to update and revamp its 2012 map for people who bike, hike and paddle. 

Suburban communities pedal forward on better bikeways

Last year, Active Trans worked with hundreds of members and supporters throughout the City of Chicago to develop our vision for the future of biking in the city, called Bikeways for All.

This summer we’re building off of that work and compiling all the best practices and priorities for improving biking in Suburban Chicago.  

Our Suburban Bikeways for All report will lay the foundation for the future of our bikeways advocacy in our region’s diverse suburban communities.

Proposed BRT in Gary will aid local development

Rail systems are a fast, often preferable transit option for many people, but building them is time consuming and costly. Bus rapid transit (BRT) offers the experience of rail in the form of four wheels.

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. 

Coalition wants to upgrade Metra Electric to rapid transit

For decades, South Chicagoland residents and transit experts have recognized the potential benefits of enhancing service along the Metra Electric District (MED) line. Now, after many years, there’s a renewed effort encouraging Metra to commit to improvements.

Active Trans has joined more than a dozen community groups from the South Side and South Suburbs as part of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric (CMME).