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Chicago’s first protected bike lane on Kinzie St. increased ridership by 55 percent without increasing traffic congestion for cars.

Chicago Leadership Network

What is the Chicago Leadership Network?

Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and a strong public transportation system: These are not pipe dreams, but attainable goals that will make our region more sustainable, healthier and more equitable.

You can be a part of making these goals a reality by joining the Chicago Leadership Network, the Active Transportation Alliance’s network of leaders in the active transportation movement.

The network will help you connect with likeminded individuals who are interested in building the movement for more active transportation options and access the resources needed to strengthen biking, walking, and transit in your community.

You can get involved by participating in our quarterly networking meetups and other events.  See below for ways to get involved and to learn about our advocacy resources.

Why participate? 

Participating in the Chicago Leadership Network will allow you to:

  • Hone your skills and become a savvy advocate through our trainings.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of biking, walking and transit infrastructure and policy issues.
  • Build the local movement by meeting and working with other advocates.
  • Get hands-on support from Active Trans’ expert advocacy staff to create a more livable city.

How to get involved

>> Sign up for our monthly Leadership Network Bulletin 

Email to get on the email list for monthly updates, resources, announcements and event updates.

>> Connect with other local advocates

The Chicago Leadership Network will host networking events on a quarterly basis to bring together the leaders of the active transportation movement, like you! To suggest a topic to discuss or if you would like to host an event in your community, let us know by emailing

>> Commit to carrying out your campaign. The Chicago Leadership Training is open to anyone interested in developing a campaign to improve biking and walking in their community.

Here’s how you can get started:

  • Get in touch: Contact Julia Gerasimenko at and we will connect you to resources and other advocates in your area.
  • Assess your community: Plan a “walk audit” or a “transit station audit” in your community. Create a survey or schedule a priority-setting workshop in your community with Active Trans staff.
  • Make a plan: After you have a handle on what is happening in your community, fill out the six-step Campaign Action Planning Worksheet.
  • Get started: Get started implementing your plan!

>> Request a Leadership Training workshop

Active Trans has developed curriculum to help advocates build their own campaigns. Contact to schedule a leadership training workshop in your community.


Making a Menu Money Request (pdf)

Chicago Street Improvement Project Lifecycle (pdf) 

Organize a walk audit

Ward Look Up Tool

Campaign Building Worksheets

Campaign Action Planning Worksheet (pdf)

Campaign Building Tip Sheets

Building a Base of Supporters (pdf)

Outreach and Communications (pdf)

Engaging Decisions Makers (pdf)

How to Write a Petition (pdf)

How to Develop an Elevator Pitch (pdf)

Stories from Chicago

Chicago police must respond to racial disparity in bike ticketing

City picks route for Red Line Extension

New Divvy pricing offers more options for two-wheeled fun

Parents share their hopes for Milwaukee Ave.

Blog series on policy recommendations featured in the Back on the Bus report:

Incentivize purchase of multi-day passes

Ride-hailing data transparency long overdue

Create 50 new miles of dedicated bus lanes

Establish a local dedicated revenue stream to fund transit

Create more effective ways to enforce bus lanes

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