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Shining a light on outstanding volunteers and advocates

Active Transportation Alliance members recently met to reflect on accomplishments in 2022, discuss what lies ahead, and elect a handful of people to the organization’s board of directors.

The event, attended by 175 people, also provided an opportunity to recognize the outstanding advocates and volunteers in our midst.

For our advocacy awards, we honored four different grassroots groups that are mobilizing people across the city. These groups are actively making our movement stronger with their effective organizing and smart campaigning as we look to 2023.

Day of the Dead altar honors those killed while walking or biking

Inspired by the ghost bikes that honor those who were killed while biking on our streets, local artist Norma Rio-Sierra created a Day of the Dead altar dedicated to people who were killed while walking or biking.

“It’s about creating a healing space and creating awareness of what happens when it’s not safe to walk and bike,” said Rio-Sierra. “It’s about celebrating those lives and remembering the people…I want to make it safer for our families to walk.

May 18: Let’s mourn lives lost and demand safer options for people biking

On Wednesday, May 18, you’re invited to join others around the world on an annual bicycle ride to honor the people killed while biking in the past year.

In addition to honoring those people killed by drivers, the ride highlights the urgent need for infrastructure that will make biking in Chicago safer and more welcoming for people of all ages and abilities.

“We need to remember that this tragic loss of life is unnecessary and completely avoidable,” said Chicago Ride of Silence organizer Elizabeth Adamczyk.

On May 18, Chicago Ride of Silence will mourn the lives lost while biking during the past year


Elizabeth Adamczyk
Chicago Organizer
(773) 370-2038

Kyle Whitehead
Active Transportation Alliance
(312) 216-0473


On May 18, Chicago Ride of Silence will mourn the lives lost while biking during the past year
The annual ride will offer a moment silent reflection at the sites where drivers killed people biking near the Loop


Active Trans recognizes local transportation champions

The recent 2022 Active Trans Awards Reception provided an opportunity for advocates and supporters to celebrate the work of Active Trans and reconnect with one another.

The focus of the evening, however, was to recognize the local people who are putting us on a better path for getting around.

These champions of sustainable transportation deserve our appreciation and support for making walking, biking, and riding transit easier, safer, and more equitable.

Sen. Duckworth to be honored at Active Trans event on April 28

For her efforts to make public transit stations accessible to people with disabilities, Active Trans will be honoring US Senator Tammy Duckworth with a Public Leadership Award at our Awards Reception on April 28.

Thanks to Sen. Duckworth, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes funding that will jump-start the process for bringing bus, train, and subway stations around the nation into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP),

Chicagoland loses a major figure in biking advocacy

We were saddened to hear the news of the death of Al Sturges, someone who had a deep and enduring impact on cycling in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois.

A resident of south suburban Park Forest, Sturges served as a board member and founding executive director of the state-wide bike advocacy organization Ride Illinois (formerly the League of Illinois Bicyclists), and he served on the board of the Active Transportation Alliance for many years.

The launch of Chicago’s first transit rider organization


On Friday, February 4th, 8am, Chicago Jobs with Justice will host a canvassing event and press conference at the Western stop on the Forest Park Blue Line in honor of Transit Equity Day, which is set on Rosa Parks birthday. Speakers from the Amalgamated Transit Union, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Sierra Club of Illinois, and Active Transportation Alliance will highlight the Transit Equity Report released on Feb.

Evaluating walkability in Cairo, Illinois

Community members in Cairo, Illinois, and a local planning agency are taking a close look at how conditions in the town are helping or hindering local walking habits.

Recently, with help from Active Trans and the Southern Five Regional Planning District, a walkability evaluation was conducted in this far Southern Illinois town of about 1,700 people.

During the event, planning staff fanned out with notepads and cameras to document the walking conditions and infrastructure.

People on bikes have DuSable Lake Shore Drive all to themselves this Sunday




Clare McDermott, Active Transportation Alliance
(773) 391-7709

Larry Magnesen, Fifth Third Bank
(312) 704-5564


People on bikes have DuSable Lake Shore Drive all to themselves this Sunday
Spend time with friends and family during Labor Day weekend at one of the best bike rides in the nation