Advocacy

Our strategic plan gives priority to equity & inclusion

"We believe that mobility equity is fundamental to human and civil rights. Car-centric transportation systems are fundamentally unfair and unjust, exclude the needs of those who cannot or do not drive, and discriminate against many of society’s most vulnerable people. We are committed to reversing these disparities by making equity a foundational principle of our work." 

— Organizational Principle from the Active Transportation Alliance Strategic Plan 

Dashed bike lanes are solid step for Milwaukee Ave.

In a victory for people who bike, new bike lanes are coming to Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

As part of a series of near-term improvements to the street, the Chicago Department of Transportation is beginning work to install advisory bike lanes, which will feature dashed lines to create space for people on bikes (see image). 

Vision Zero Chicago Summit postponed

After announcing our first Vision Zero Chicago Summit last week, Active Transportation Alliance heard from several community leaders who were concerned the event wouldn’t be inclusive.

While our intention was always to have a strong community presence at the event and include speakers from communities of color, we didn't communicate that with the initial invitation, and didn't connect with key leaders prior to releasing the date and draft agenda.

New effort aims to improve biking & walking in suburbs

In most suburban communities, getting around on a bicycle and on foot is often difficult and sometimes treacherous. As a result, many people who would like to bike and walk more often tend to avoid doing so.

The good news is that we can change this.

We can create suburban communities that have high-quality, low-stress bike lanes, sidewalks and multi-use trails that could connect you to local shops, work, school and neighboring communities.

Chicago River Trail coalition launches as new trail opens

Last week, the effort to create a continuous Chicago River Trail took a couple of important steps forward.

The first step was the opening of the most recent North Branch Trail Extension, which brings the trail all the way south to West Foster Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side (see photo).

The second step was the launching the Chicago River Trail coalition, a group of allies that will work for more projects like the new south segment of the North Branch Trail.

We're delighted to see one of the busiest trails in the region getting longer.

Better trail connections in DuPage County

Several of our supporters recently attended DuPage County’s public meeting about changes coming to the Illinois Prairie Path.

More protected bike lanes coming to Evanston

Evanston is on move with installing more protected bike lanes on its streets.

Earlier this summer, the City of Evanston began construction of a two-way barrier protected bike lane along a 1.9-mile stretch of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue. The bike lane is part of Evanston’s Sheridan Rd.-Chicago Ave. Improvement Project.

1st grade transportation advocates of Summit

First graders from Graves Elementary School in the Village of Summit are on a mission to improve their community and their walk to school.

Hundreds of kids in this southwest suburb walk to school every day. While the young students enjoy their commute, they also encounter barriers that need improvement.

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.

Funding will come for a Chicago River Trail

The most frequent question after Active Trans gives a presentation on our vision for a continuous Chicago River Trail is: "How will you fund this project?"

While it's an important question to ask, it's also important to keep in mind that many cities did not have resources on hand to pay for an entire trail as they were drawing up plans for it.

So they worked with available funding and found creative ways to add segments.