Local agency pulls out the stops for Commuter Challenge

Upshot, a Chicago-based marketing agency, comes out on top for being one of the most enthusiastic teams within the Bike Commuter Challenge. 

The staff’s passion for the challenge has only gotten stronger over the past 6 years of their participation. The River North agency has about 170 staff people. 

See our suburban pop-up events in action

Last summer and fall, Active Trans partnered up with a handful of suburban Cook County municipalities to host pop-up complete streets events.

The events used everyday materials, such as duct tape, tar paper, plants and house paint to create temporary complete streets facilities – crosswalks, bicycle lanes, roundabouts and other features to slow down vehicle traffic and improve safety for people walking and bicycling.

How to dominate the Winter Bike Challenge

Dan Schreiner didn’t just win the 2017 Winter Bike Challenge. He crushed it. The 34-year-old husband and father of two, who works in the financial services industry, racked up an impressive 48 trips and cycled 1,001.62 miles in spite of the freezing temperatures and icy roads to win the 3rd annual event hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance. 

This man has ridden MB Bike the Drive more times than you

More than 20,000 bicyclists from all over the Chicago region flock to Lake Shore Drive every year to take part in MB Bike the Drive — the one day a year when the lakefront thoroughfare is closed to motor vehicles and given over to people riding bicycles. 

Honoring our local transportation champions

Last week at the Active Trans Awards Reception a couple hundred people turned out to support the movement for healthier, cleaner transportation options in Chicagoland. 

MB Bank dedicated to supporting iconic cycling event

It’s the iconic bicycling event in Chicago that 20,000 riders look forward to every year. Sponsored by MB Financial Bank and hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance, MB Bike the Drive is the one day a year when Lake Shore Drive is closed to all motor traffic, allowing cyclists to reign supreme along the scenic Chicago roadway.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities get to enjoy five hours of car-free riding as they take in stellar views of magnificent Lake Michigan, the breathtaking Chicago skyline and the city’s picturesque parks. 

Slow Roll sees bicycling as a transformative force

For Slow Roll Chicago, bicycling can help to transform communities. The nonprofit organization believes bicycling can improve the quality of life in low-income communities, particularly neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

Since it was founded in 2014, Slow Roll Chicago has been dedicated to developing bicycling infrastructure and culture in these communities, while also advocating for the transformative power of cycling to reduce violence, improve health and create jobs. 

Local engineering firm a leader in promoting biking

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) is on a mission to get as many of its employees on bikes as possible. The engineering and surveying firm known for its work in communities throughout Illinois uses a variety approaches for encouraging its employees to commute by bicycle to its offices in Rosemont. 

Members and volunteers take center stage

Active Trans recently held its member meeting and volunteer awards presentation. 

It was a great opportunity to hang out and swap stories about hard work at our volunteer events. 

It also provided members a chance to get to know one another and learn about the work we do throughout Chicagoland. 

The event was a key opportunity for us to say thanks to the many people who give Active Trans their time and support through the year. We’re grateful for all the people who do a great deal to help advance bicycling, walking and public transit in Chicagoland. 

Bike race for everyone becomes instant classic

Last month, the Active Transportation Alliance partnered up with the northwestern suburb of Bartlett to host the first-ever Kickstand Classic.

Beautiful weather and just over 500 enthusiastic riders made for a fantastic first event!

This event gave riders of all skill levels and speeds the opportunity to participate in a chip-timed race.

The riders made a loop 4.8-mile loop through the scenic town of Bartlett. The race was broken down into three waves of riders depending on their speed.