Advocacy

New Chicago Snow Removal Ordinance taking effect

Chicago’s first snowstorm over the weekend made it abundantly clear: winter has arrived.

With winter's arrival also comes the need for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Whether you live in Chicago or local suburban communities, being a good neighbor means having good shoveling habits. 

How do you like our new website?

Nearly two years ago, we decided the Active Trans website needed help.

In web years, our site was old as dirt.

At first we weren’t sure how much intervention was needed: Did it need just a weekend at the spa or did it need serious medical attention?

After getting feedback from staff, board members, supporters and event participants, we performed a thorough evaluation on what was working and what wasn’t on the site.

That’s when we decided that major surgery was the only option.

A transportation agenda for next mayor, city council

A coalition of 14 community-based organizations joined Active Trans in asking candidates for mayor and city council to support a set of policies that will make it safer and easier to walk, bike and ride transit in neighborhoods across Chicago.

Despite improvements, hopes dashed for protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Ave.

Newly unveiled plans for the once-in-a-generation reconstruction of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square feature many exciting improvements for walking, biking, and transit. However, they fail to provide kind of transformative change needed to create safer streets that prioritize people over cars, particularly for people on bikes.

Bikes finish first in Northwest Side multimodal race

Chicago residents often talk about how riding a bike is the quickest way to get around the city’s most congested streets.

Well, a recent race in Portage Park proved it.

The Six Corners Association and Active Trans recently hosted a Multiple Modes of Transportation Race from the Six Corners intersection of Cicero Avenue, Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue to the Irving Park Blue Line Station and back during the afternoon rush.

The "racecourse" was one mile each way. Race contenders are pictured in the photo here.  

Bike Walk Fund needed in Illinois

The results of the state elections are in and now it’s time for Illinois’ new leaders to get to work building a healthier, more sustainable and equitable transportation network.

Illinois hasn’t passed a long-term plan to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure since 2009, and that has contributed to an $19.4 billion maintenance backlog for the region’s transit agencies. Making matters worse, the state cut transit funding in the 2017 and 2018 budgets.

Shared bus-bike lane to pilot on Halsted

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) are testing a new shared bus-bike lane concept during the reconstruction of the Chicago Avenue bridge.

Starting Thursday, November 1, the city is closing Chicago Avenue between Larrabee and Halsted Streets to demolish and reconstruct the bridge over the Chicago River. The closure is expected to last three months.

Chicago bus report cards show great need for upgrades

Chicagoans are abandoning their city's buses at alarming rates.

Why? The answer is made clear in Chicago’s first-ever Bus Friendly Streets Report Cards.  

Data in the newly-released report cards shows bus speed and reliability on the decline because buses routinely get stuck in traffic and at red lights. 

Active Trans developed the report cards using publicly available bus tracker data from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

Support walking and biking on Logan Boulevard

Ask people who've walked, biked or driven on Logan Blvd. from Rockwell St. to Lathrop Homes on Diversey Ave. and they'll tell you it's a dangerous, high-stress experience.

Survey results show broad support for platform ideas

The call for a dedicated Bike-Walk Fund of $20 million in Chicago’s annual budget received the strongest support among respondents to a recent survey of Active Trans supporters and allies. 

The survey is part of Active Trans’ Walk and Roll the Vote Campaign, which educates candidates and voters about the city’s most pressing transportation issues. Active Trans is working with community partners from across the city to develop a game-changing transportation platform for the 2019 elections.