Submitted by Ted Villaire on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 16:14
When Chicago’s Critical Mass started 20 years ago, cycling in Chicago was a different experience.
There were few bike lanes, not nearly as many riders and rare opportunities for riders to get together and meet.
Active Trans, then known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, was 10 years old and knee-deep in the effort to bring more than 4,000 bike parking racks to Chicago.
For those who haven’t experienced a Critical Mass ride, think of it as a rolling celebration open to anyone on a bike.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:06
Coming up with creative ways to add trail segments along highly developed areas and ensuring that neighborhood residents are involved in the process of planning new trails are top priorities of Active Trans' campaign for a continuous Chicago River Trail.
One area that presents opportunities and challenges is the 1.75-mile stretch from Lake Street in the Loop to the Amtrak vertical lift bridge in Chinatown.
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:47
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.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:51
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.
Submitted by Ami Schwartz on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:38
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:17
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.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:52
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.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:12
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).
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:58
The latest suburban news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community is here!
Submitted by Julia Gerasimenko on Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:57
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 September so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.
For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.