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Top 10 biking, walking and transit stories of 2018

There were plenty of attention-grabbing developments among the top active transportation stories of 2018.

Some of these developments helped make our streets safer and more inviting for people using active transportation, while others were intended to give more people access to better transportation options. 

Here they are. If we missed an important story, please let us know in the comments below. 

Illinois celebrates Walk to School Day with new biking and walking education requirement

School districts across Illinois are working to meet a new requirement to teach biking and walking safety while celebrating national Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10.

Suburban advocacy summit on October 27

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For people who walk, bike or ride transit in the suburbs, our transportation system is often neither safe nor welcoming.

Governor signs biking and walking safety ed. bill

Every day in Illinois, five kids on average are hit by a driver of a motor vehicle within one block of a school, and more are hit beyond the school zones.

A bill that helps address this tragic daily occurrence while encouraging more walking and biking was recently signed into law by Governor Rauner.

Biking & walking safety education bill on home stretch

Every day in Illinois, an average of 5 kids are hit by drivers of motor vehicles within one block of a school, and more are hit beyond the school zones.

A bill that would help address this tragic daily occurrence while encouraging more walking and biking has passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner for approval. 

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.