Planning

Chicago River Trail comes together in 2017

Great progress towards a continuous Chicago River Trail happened in 2017. As the year winds down, we're grateful to share progress on many fronts and excited about opportunities in 2018 to move the trail closer to a reality.

Brookfield's first bicycle boulevard is here

The Village of Brookfield is now home to one of the first bicycle boulevards in the Chicagoland suburbs!

What exactly is a bicycle boulevard? Sometimes termed a "neighborhood greenway," a bike boulevard is a low-speed street that prioritizes bicycle traffic. Bicycle boulevards use signage, paint and other traffic calming features to create a safer, more comfortable environment for all road users.   

312 RiverRun advances Chicago River Trail

Biking, walking and jogging enthusiasts enjoyed a big victory yesterday when the city announced a new trail, the 312 RiverRun, and broke ground on what will be the breathtaking Riverview Bridge (pictured).

The "3-1-2" RiverRun trail will connect three city parks via one bicycle and pedestrian path for two miles.

It'll be great for city residents to have safe and easy access to the green spaces of Clark, California, and Horner Parks, all lining the river.

Active Trans supports 606 housing ordinance

Last week, Active Trans joined a passionate rally held by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) to show our support for the 606 affordable housing ordinance.

The event began with residents giving testimonies at Humboldt Park United Methodist Church (pictured) and concluded with a powerful demonstration on the 606 trail.

As we promote trail projects, it has become clear that more affordable housing units are needed to ensure residents with low or fixed incomes are not displaced by increased property values.

Truck safety ordinance is a step forward

UPDATE: The ordinance requiring city contractors to install low cost safety equipment on large trucks was approved by City Council on July 26, 2017. Active Trans commends this step towards making Chicago safer for all.

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Creating a complete bike network in Edgewater

A groundbreaking bikeways project is starting up in Edgewater, which Active Trans hopes sets a precedent for all of Chicago's neighborhoods.

This past week the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the office of Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th ward hosted a community meeting to kick off the conversation around the pilot program to create a neighborhood bikeways network for Edgewater.

Prepaid bus boarding pilot program expands

In an effort to speed up local bus service and reverse bus ridership decline, CTA is unveiling faster boarding at two more bus stops.

Starting June 27, riders will be able to pay their fare while waiting for a bus and quickly board the following routes:

Southbound #135 and #146 buses at Inner Drive/Belmont

(6:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., weekdays)

Brookfield seeks input about biking and walking

The Village of Brookfield is making some good strides toward improving biking and walking in the community.  

While these changes never happen overnight, this progress was apparent last week when more than 30 Brookfield residents attended a workshop to help develop the village’s active transportation plan.

Active transportation plans are important for communities because they provide a path forward for a connected transportation network that serves everyone who uses local streets, regardless of their ability and how they happen to get around. 

Duct tape and potted plants transform streets

Making an impact with infrastructure improvements doesn’t necessarily require large capital investments and years of planning. 

With minimal financial resources and plenty of sweat equity, Active Trans recently proved this by temporarily transforming public spaces in Willow Springs and other communities into a safe, enjoyable street environments for people to walk, bike, drive and interact — giving residents and community leaders a glimpse into how low-cost solutions can enhance the quality of life. 

Show your support for improving safety on Manor

Manor Avenue on Chicago’s North Side is already a popular route for biking and walking, but its popularity is expected to soar once pieces of the Chicago River Trail fall into place to the south. 

The half-mile long street — which runs at an angle between West Montrose Avenue and West Lawrence Avenue in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood — hosts a handful of businesses, as well the Francisco Brown Line L station, while also connecting several parks — most notably Horner Park to the south and Ronan and River Parks to the north.