South Suburbs

Kids on Wheels rolls through second year

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. 

Inexcusable feet-dragging earns NICTD special award

The Active Transportation Alliance is presenting the Broken Spoke Award to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) for its distinction as the least bike-friendly commuter rail service in the nation.  

NICTD — which operates the South Shore Line commuter train line that runs between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana — has achieved the very special status of being the only commuter train line in the nation that does not allow passengers to bring bikes on trains. 

Good news on Illiana, but more work to be done

Finally, some good news coming from our state capital for people who bike, walk and ride transit.

On Tuesday Gov. Rauner announced the Illiana Tollway will not move forward and removed the project from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) current multi-year plan. The state determined “project costs exceed currently available resources.”

More Complete Streets coming to suburban Cook County

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?

Support closing the gap in the Burnham Greenway

Connecting Chicago to Lansing, Illinois, the Burnham Greenway Trail is a critical route for people walking and biking on the South Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Weigh in on Will County transportation plan

As citizens it’s our duty to actively participate in decisions that affect our community. People who live or work in Will County will soon have a chance to do just that at a series of four open houses to discuss transportation systems and future transportation needs and challenges. 

Know of a dangerous crossing near a school?

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.

Make an impact on your suburban elections

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.

Crain's op-ed: Rauner's budget to run transit off the rails

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."

Say NO to transit cuts

On Wednesday Gov. Rauner unveiled a budget proposal that would further damage the Chicago region’s already underfunded transit system, while bolstering the road fund statewide.

Now you have a chance to fight back and show your support for public transit.