Education

Kids on the move in Highland Park

No one forgets how to ride a bike. They just forget that they should be riding a bike. That's why Highland Park's Bike Walk Advisory Group (BWAG) teamed up with Highland Park School District 112 to encourage students to walk or bike to school.

Inspired by the national Bike-Walk to School Day, members of BWAG contacted every elementary and middle school principal in town.

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. 

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.

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

Once again, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics called Teach Me Tuesdays. 

The free clinics cover various subjects and are held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., from January 10 through April 18 at the Greenline Wheels office, 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park. 

 

Teach Me Tuesdays schedule

Stay visible while biking

With daylight waning during our commutes, it’s time to be thinking more about visibility while biking. 

And the time change this Sunday won't do us any favors. With the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, the sun will be setting an hour earlier. 

We strongly recommend people biking at night use lights to make themselves visible: A white light in front and red light in back. 

Training the next generation of people biking

A group of teenagers in the western suburbs just enhanced their bicycling knowledge and received their very own bicycles in the process when they completed the inaugural Youth Earn A Bike Program from Greenline Wheels. Greenline Wheels is a nonprofit managed by Active Trans that promotes bicycling as a sustainable and affordable form of transportation and offers bike education programs.

CDOT offers free bike riding classes

New to bike riding? Or do you just want to brush on up on your rusty bicycling skills? Either way the Chicago Department of Transportation has you covered. CDOT is offering free bicycle riding classes for adults from July to September on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Kids on Wheels wraps a third season

Started in spring of 2014, Kids on Wheels is the Active Transportation Alliance’s flagship bike safety educational program for school-aged children in the Chicagoland.

While we know that safe bicycling is best taught through doing, often we have found that schools are unable to commit to sustained programming as a result of the logistical challenges inherent to putting students on bikes.

Brookfield plants flag as bike-friendly community

Hundreds of people enjoyed the spring weather over the weekend for the Village of Brookfield’s inaugural Bike Brookfield event.  

The event -- which included a kids ride, a 5K/10K community ride and an after party with live music and raffle prizes from area businesses -- drew people from all parts of the community and all ages, along with visitors from nearby suburbs and Chicago.