South Suburbs

Roll the Cold Bike Challenge starts soon!

Have you registered for the Roll the Cold Bike Challenge yet?

If not, you can do so here. Biking one way to or from your destination on one day between January 17-23 counts as participating in the challenge.

The person who rides (and logs) the most miles during the challenge will be honored as the King/Queen of the 2015 Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

This means being featured on our social media and highlighted in communications for our 2015 (Summer) Bike Commuter Challenge.

You can win prizes for raising money too. Check it out: 

Chicago Tribune changing the tune on red light cameras?

You may know that the Chicago Tribune has led the charge against red light cameras, and their assertions -- similar to misleading claims they have made about speed cameras -- have been flawed at times. The Tribune also failed to mention that experts like the Federal Highway Administration found that red light cameras reduce crashes.

Roll the Cold Bike Challenge registration is now open!

Join both newbies and seasoned winter riders across Chicagoland for the Roll the Cold Bike Challenge, January 17-23, 2015. Simply sign up and set up your page to start tracking your trips. The person who rides (and logs) the most miles during the Challenge gets the honor of being named the King/Queen of the 2015 Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

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.

New footbridge allows University Park kids to walk to school again

The village of University Park, in the far south suburbs of Chicago, recently installed a new pedestrian bridge that will make a big difference in the community.

 
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The bridge will make it easier for children to get to their schools on bikes and on foot and eliminate an unnecessary bus route, saving the Crete-Monee School District thousands of dollars each year.

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.

Homewood bike network rolls forward

The Village of Homewood has installed bikeways throughout the community.