Bicycling

Cal-Sag advocates awarded for their work

Bicycle and walking advocates recently gathered alongside local mayors, planners and government officials to celebrate the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, as the Metropolitan Planning Council presented its annual Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning to the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition.

February events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of February so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. With just one major event scheduled for the lakefront, it looks like this month is a great time to take advantage of a less congested Lakefront Trail! 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Oak Park swings, misses on Divvy

With Divvy leaving Oak Park, it’s a good time to reflect on how we got here. As a long-time resident of Oak Park, I was happy when the village decided to use a state grant in partnership with Chicago and Evanston to offer Divvy bike share, starting in 2016. 

We know that bike sharing systems like Divvy don’t work well in typical American suburbs where destinations can be far apart and roads unfriendly to people on bikes.

New Divvy pricing offers more options for two-wheeled fun

Today the City of Chicago announced tweaks to the pricing structure for the Divvy bike share system. 

Active Trans is hopeful these changes will encourage more people to try Divvy while also providing existing users with a better experience.

Ultimately, attracting more people to use Divvy will make more resources available for additional stations, expanded access through low-cost membership programs like Divvy for Everyone, and increased outreach and educational programming. 

An advocate’s lesson in making a difference

One of the highest priority transportation proposals in McHenry County has been a three-quarter mile multi-use trail along Bull Valley Road just south of the City of McHenry in the northwest suburbs.

This proposed trail extension that runs between Route 31 and the Illinois Prairie Path was also highlighted in the Active Transportation Alliance’s Trail Connect Chicagoland map, which envisions a continuous trail network in Northwest Illinois.

January events on the Lakefront Trail

Happy new year to all! May your 2018 be filled with walks, runs and rides along the Lakefront Trail.

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail.

See what's going on in the month of January so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. As winter weather consumes our city, there are fewer events to watch out for. 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Take that, Jazzercise! Cycling now official exercise in Illinois

Some victories are truly impactful, like the top ten 2017 stories we recently described. 

Others are more symbolic and/or fun, like passage of a new law that makes cycling the state of Illinois’ official exercise. Like the Cardinal being the state bird, the designation is largely symbolic although it could help make the case for good cycling legislation.

Stay informed with the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) organizes and chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public. The meetings are a great way to stay informed on CDOT projects and learn about new initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city

Books for young readers

There is something exquisite about children’s books, in the lean, sometimes wry, prose and magical illustrations. I knew this, of course, before becoming a parent. 

What I didn’t expect was the variety of books for young children that celebrate bicycling and public transit. As 2017 winds down and the winter holidays and gift giving begin, I wanted to share some of my family’s favorites.

Participatory budgeting celebrates five years

Participatory budgeting (PB) is celebrating five years in Chicago! PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

Every year, each ward in the city of Chicago receives $1.3 million in "menu money" that is spent according to the discretion of the ward's alderman.