Advocacy

Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council updates

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public for anyone to attend.

The meetings are a great way to stay informed about CDOT projects and hear about initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city. 

Chicago River Trail will improve mental health

Have you ever wondered why you felt better after spending time in nature or exercising by water? You experienced this because research shows these activities improve mood, cognitive functioning and self-esteem.

That is just one of the reasons why creating more green space like trails in urban areas is critical.

Over 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities and that number will rise to 70 percent in the next twenty years.

At the same time, city residents are more likely to have an anxiety and mood disorder than those in rural areas.

How to influence infrastructure spending in your ward

Do you have ideas for improving walking or biking in your neighborhood?

If your ward hosts a participatory budgeting process, you might have an opportunity to put your idea up for a vote.

All you have to do is snap a photo of the area you would like to improve and contact your alderman to propose the changes you would like to see.

State cuts to transit leads to Metra, Pace fare hikes

With state legislators again cutting funding for public transit in a recent budget agreement, both Metra and Pace plan to increase fares in 2018.

Metra also plans a limited amount of service cuts, with details still to come.

Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter said at the agency’s September board meeting that neither fare hikes nor service cuts are currently on the table for 2018.

New tool analyzes dangerous driving near Chicagoland schools

A new study uses data from mobile phones to analyze dangerous driving behavior near U.S. schools, including every school in the Chicago region.

The study measures phone use, rapid acceleration and hard braking in real-time so parents, community leaders and elected officials can identify major traffic safety problems near schools. 

It was conducted by Zendrive, a mobile driver analytics platform that’s incorporated into apps used by more than 3.8 million people driving across the U.S.

Bike route for Chicago River Trail ride on 9-17

Join us for a leisurely bike tour of the South Branch from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, September 17.

Please see the route (pictured). We'll ride in neighborhood bike lanes for the majority of the 6.5 mile course.

Riders will meet at Federal Plaza (Adams/Dearborn) at 10 a.m. The low-stress route includes stops at Ping Tom Park (Chinatown), El Paseo Community Garden (Pilsen), and the Eleanor Street Boathouse (Bridgeport).

Suburban updates from around the region

The latest suburban news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community is here!

Metra Electric service changes take effect September 11

After initially proposing more sweeping service cuts on the South Chicago and Blue Island branches of Metra Electric, the agency revised its plan in response to community concerns and announced the changes will take effect Monday September 11.

Ride for the Chicago River Trail on September 17

Join us Sunday, September 17 for a bike tour of the Chicago River's South Branch. We'll celebrate the Chicago River Trail campaign's first year and demonstrate our support for a continuous trail. 

Riders will meet at 10 a.m. at Federal Plaza (Adams/Dearborn) and head south for a 12-mile trip. Along the way, we'll discuss plans to improve the river and opportunities to add trail segments. 

The route includes stops at the river's south fork, La Villita Park and Eleanor Street Boathouse. The ride will conclude at noon in Ping Tom Park in Chinatown.

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