Advocacy

North Side Lakefront Trail detour starts Monday

To make way for trail separation, the park district plans to close the Lakefront Trail between Diversey and North Avenue and redirect users to a marked detour through Lincoln Park.

See a map of the official detour from Diversey to North Avenue.

Prepaid, all-door boarding is working in San Francisco

In 2012, San Francisco’s MUNI transit system implemented a revolutionary concept to America’s bus systems – pre-paid, all-door boarding for all of its street vehicles, including buses and trolleys.

Bus riders could now enter through any door of any vehicle at any time and tap their transit card on a reader that’s adjacent to the door to verify payment. Riders who don’t have transit cards could pay their fare before boarding and carry a receipt on board for proof of payment.

NW Side trails and bikeways workshop May 25

Do you live on the Northwest Side and want to improve trails and bike routes in your neighborhood?

Would you like to learn more about supporting regional paths like a Chicago River Trail? There's still time to RSVP for our workshop on May 25 at Gompers Park Fieldhouse.

Making one of the city’s crown jewels safer for everyone

Saturday’s groundbreaking on the Lakefront Trail was a great moment for everyone who enjoys one of Chicago’s most beloved — but extremely congested — public spaces. 

For Saturday’s event, I joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, local philanthropist Ken Griffin, Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly, Alderman Michelle Smith and others to mark the beginning of a project that will create separate trail spaces for people biking and walking on the Lakefront Trail between North Avenue and Fullerton (see photo).

Jumping the turnstile shouldn’t be a misdemeanor

The growing attention on the dangers of excessive criminalization of low-income people and communities of color has extended into the world of public transit.

Mobilizing for a better Milwaukee Ave.

Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood is one of the busiest streets for walking and biking in the entire city. The street also sees an unacceptable number of people walking and biking injured in preventable crashes.

Father of crash victim wants safer streets

Steven Gross says he has seen enough car crashes and traffic violations to last him a lifetime. 

As an avid cyclist for 30 years and an accomplished professional photographer who sometimes works outdoors, Gross regularly witnesses cars driving into crosswalks when pedestrians have the right way, cars parked in bike lanes, cyclists getting doored and other types of recklessness and negligence on the part of drivers. 

City announces quick-fixes for Milwaukee Ave slated for this summer

Last night, residents had a chance to weigh-in on how to make Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park safer and more people-friendly, kicking off an exciting opportunity to advocate for much needed upgrades on one of Chicago’s busiest streets for people walking and biking.

Of the nearly 100 people who showed up for the event, the majority seemed to support making the street safer and more welcoming to people walking and biking. 

Navy Pier Flyover on track to be complete in 2018

The lengthy construction process for the Navy Pier Flyover has been frustrating for many Lakefront Trail users, but the city says it will be finished next year.

The flyover, which will allow people biking and walking on the trail to bypass congested vehicle traffic around Navy Pier, is one of the highest profile active transportation projects in the region. We get questions about the status often, especially as temperatures warm up and more people use the trail.

Let's plan for a walkable future

This is a guest blog provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. 

How will metropolitan Chicago look if more people want to live in walkable, mixed-use areas by 2050?

At the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), we are asking residents across northeast Illinois this very question (and several more) to inform the development of ON TO 2050, the next comprehensive plan for the region.