Advocacy

Creating a scenic Chicago River Trail

Imagine bicycling or walking along the Chicago River in the presence of beautiful trees and lush green vegetation.  Along the trail you encounter turtles and butterflies and hear birds chirping in the warm sunlight. 

Wouldn’t it be great to bicycle and run along the river in such a scenic environment?  A step toward bringing more of this vision to Chicago happened at a recent public meeting at River Park in the Albany Park neighborhood. 

A new vision for Southeast Chicago begins to take shape

Since last year, the Chicago Park District has been leading a public planning effort to connect seven existing and planned open space areas on the far South Side of Chicago.

Chicago adds new 311 code to report blocked bike lanes

Helping the city identify hotspots for blocked bike lanes just got easier with an update to Chicago’s 311 system.

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the city has activated a new 311 category for residents to report vehicles blocking bike lanes:

April events on the Lakefront Trail

Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of April so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. 

For more information on conditions on the Lakefront Trail, check out our Twitter page.

 

Saturday, April 8

See our suburban pop-up events in action

Last summer and fall, Active Trans partnered up with a handful of suburban Cook County municipalities to host pop-up complete streets events.

The events used everyday materials, such as duct tape, tar paper, plants and house paint to create temporary complete streets facilities – crosswalks, bicycle lanes, roundabouts and other features to slow down vehicle traffic and improve safety for people walking and bicycling.

Vision Zero needs more funding to make progress

This week the City of Chicago released more information about its upcoming Vision Zero Action Plan.

Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld made the case for Vision Zero in a speech at City Club on Monday.

Bike messenger killed on his way to Oak Street Beach

Blaine Klingenberg enjoyed the small things in life. 

He was always one to strike up a conversation, he took great pride in mowing his lawn and often had a bowl of Frosted Flakes before work. 

So, it came as no surprise that the 29-year-old decided to head to Oak Street Beach to meet up with friends after a long day delivering packages on his cargo bike for Advanced Messenger Services last June. 

Tragically, he never made it to the lake.

An advocate for pedestrian safety

When Amy Mendelsohn walks around Chicago, she can’t help but notice the number of motorists who don’t come to a complete stop when pedestrians are walking in crosswalks — a violation of Chicago’s traffic-safety laws. The flagrant violations are so frequent that she has stopped counting how many times motorists have failed to comply with the law.

This issue is personal for Mendelsohn.

Crash victim wants safer streets

Dee Palagi knows she has an uphill battle ahead in the next year. After being struck by a semi truck while bicycling, the 26-year-old West Town resident is still recovering from the severe injuries she sustained, including having her leg amputated.

But she is ready to tackle the long and grueling recovery process with tenacity and optimism in order to walk and cycle again. She’s also speaking up with the hope of preventing horrible crashes like the one she endured.

Suburban candidate voter guide

Suburban elections are right around the corner on April 4. Do you know where candidates in your community stand on biking, walking and transit issues? 

Active Trans contacted candidates for mayor and village president from municipalities across the region with a request to complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire.