Did You Know?

Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

First Bike Map Update Meeting a Big Success

Thanks to a stellar cast of Active Trans members, staff, and all-around-town bike riders, the kick-off meeting for the Regional Bike Map Update was a big success. About 30 people came and picked which part of the map that they would like to proof for us. Proofing involves riding the current recommended routes and checking to make sure they are still good for bikes. We are also looking for new bike routes, new facilities and anything else that will enhance our beautiful map.

Because this group featured smart, savvy bike riders, we also got a lot of great feedback about ways to improve the map Morever, we engaged in helpful discussions about what color (and texture and width) the bike facilities should be; how to put the finished product on the internet; how we designate an excellent route vs. a suitable route; and if we can print laminated maps as well as the good old paper copies. Lots to think about!

If you are interested in participating in this committee over the next several months, drop me an email ( We need plenty of help and would like to hear from people all over Chicagoland. Thanks!