Author Archives: Olivia Borowiak

South Side trail updates and improvements

The South Side of Chicago has long suffered from a dearth of trails and green space. Thankfully, it’s an issue that’s getting more attention.

Local community groups and government agencies are revitalizing vacant community spaces to create new trails and enhance existing trails as they seek to bring sustainable transportation options to these historically disinvested neighborhoods.

Recently, Active Transportation Alliance hosted a webinar exploring the exciting improvements and new projects coming to these trails that will create long-overdue sustainable transportation options.

Plow the Sidewalks pilot program takes a step forward

After many decades of policies that have fallen far short of keeping our sidewalks clear of snow in the winter, Chicago is on the verge of vast improvements when it comes to enhancing mobility when the snow falls.

In July, Better Streets Chicago and Access Living’s Plow the Sidewalks Pilot Program ordinance passed in city council 49-1. The ordinance approved the formation of a committee that will establish zones of the pilot program by May 2024 before expanding citywide.

The unsung heroes who are making the region better for biking

Each year, Chicago Bike Month is jam packed with bike-related activities like community rides, pop-up biking stations, and bike repair clinics.

While Active Trans organizes some of the Bike Month events during the month of May, most of the events are organized by small grassroots groups.

Even though Bike Month is long gone, we want to recognize the outstanding programs organized by our partners.

We think of these folks as the unsung heroes of local biking culture.

A quick rundown of sustainable transportation projects in Chicago

Active Transportation Alliance recently invited local advocates to gather for the latest news and updates about projects impacting sustainable transportation in the region.

Kicking off the discussion was an update on Mayor Brandon Johnson’s transition transportation subcommittee.

Active Transportation Alliance, which served on the subcommittee, was pleased that priorities like restricting right turns on red lights and limiting commercial traffic on residential streets were among the recommendations.

The committee also recommended closely considering the impacts of development and making sure to invest in transportation systems in underserved areas.

Improvements coming for the Des Plaines River Trail

The Des Plaines River Trail is one of the most significant trails in Chicagoland because of how it connects communities from the Wisconsin border all the way to the near-west suburbs of Brookfield and Forest Park.

In Cook County, the Des Plaines River Trail has the potential to connect key destinations such as the Illinois Prairie Path, the Salt Creek Trail, the Medical District, the CTA Blue Line, and the Brookfield Zoo.

There are a number of exciting trail improvements underway,

Fifth Third Bike the Drive: A beginner’s guide

Cruising down DuSable Lakeshore Drive on a bicycle with thousands of other riders in Fifth Third Bike the Drive is an event that many people look forward to every year. It’s an unforgettable experience that offers a unique view of the city and the lakeshore.

One of the great features of the event is that it welcomes riders of any skill level from beginner to elite.

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone,