Bicycling

Kids learn to ride safely at Northbrook District 28

By starting bike safety education early, it puts kids on the path to safe and confident biking into their adult years. This will lead to safer communities and a growing population of people who feel comfortable biking and see it as a viable mode of transportation.

In recent weeks, north suburban Northbrook District 28 ran a bike education program provided by Active Trans at three of its schools, reaching nearly 700 students between grades 3 and 5. 

Dockless bike sharing should complement Divvy

If managed properly, new bike sharing companies could help fill in gaps in the city’s bike sharing network and offer service in suburban communities without established systems.

NW Side residents support trails and bikeways

It was standing room only at the Trails and Bikeways workshop when more than fifty northwest side residents filled Gompers Park Fieldhouse on May 25. They rolled up their sleeves in small groups and recommended ways to improve trails and off-street bike routes.

A key part of our Chicago River Trail campaign involves directly engaging the public so that projects meet the safety and accessiblity needs of surrounding neighborhoods.

Tell Congress to reject president's proposed cuts

Last week President Trump released his first full budget proposal, and it would be devastating for people who ride transit, bike and walk in the Chicago region.

These cuts were first put on the table in the administration's budget blueprint released in March, but now they're officially part of the White House's budget proposal.

The benefits of teaching bike safety to teens

Teaching kids bike safety has a variety of positive effects. When kids regularly practice safe cycling, the streets become safer in the communities they live and travel through. 

At the high school level, when you introduce — or reinforce — bike safety, you present key skills and information at a time when young people are more likely to ride a bike for transportation instead of pure recreation.   

Also, when these teenagers eventually get behind the wheel of a car, they’re more likely to treat people biking with respect and courtesy. 

Route 53 extension will only create more congestion

Raise your hand if you've heard this before: A state agency makes false promises to the public that building or extending a road will completely solve traffic congestion problems.

This time, it's the Illinois Tollway Authority, which announced plans to take a step towards extending Illinois Route 53 in Lake County.

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.

The architect behind the Chicago Riverwalk

Carol Ross Barney has done it again. The noted Chicago architect — who is renowned for her civic, cultural and social design projects for the public — has made an indelible impact in Chicago with the completion of the Chicago Riverwalk. 

Given that the full Riverwalk officially opens on Saturday with a host of special events, we thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know the woman behind the design of one of Chicago’s most exciting pieces of new infrastructure. 

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).