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Here's a sneak peek at our latest newsletter

Active Transportation Alliance members recently received the latest issue of our quarterly printed newsletter in the mail.

If you haven’t yet taken a look at the newsletter – or if you’re considering a membership and wondering about the content of our newsletters– here’s a sneak peek at some of the articles from the summer 2014 edition.

CDOT commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld: Our cover story is a Q&A with the Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld.

Scheinfeld talked with Active Trans about pedestrian safety in Chicago, next-generation cycling infrastructure, her hopes for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Divvy and the upcoming CDOT projects she’s most excited about.

Family-Friendly Bikeways: Active Trans’ latest initiative seeks to create a network of accessible, low-stress biking facilities in suburban communities.

The goal is to build cycling infrastructure for the 90 percent of cyclists who feel anxious when they must bike on roads without much protection from cars. This article introduces readers to the program and describes the types of suburban biking routes we hope to construct.

Bike-Friendly Business Districts: Residents of the Lakeview and West Town neighborhoods in Chicago have even more incentive to shop locally thanks to the creation of bike-friendly business districts in both communities.

Businesses that participate will offer perks to cyclists such as discounts on merchandise or food and drink. We talked to the Lakeview and West Town Chambers of Commerce about the program, as well as one enthusiastic business owner.

Other articles from our summer newsletter include:

  • An examination of a study we commissioned, which found that on average Chicagoans take nearly 125,000 bike trips a day
  • An overview of our new share the road campaign launched with AAA, “Two Wheels, Four Wheels”
  • Our thoughts on Illinois’ first-ever Bike Transportation Plan
  • Information on the Transit Future Campaign
  • Our mobile bike fleet cycling education program in elementary schools
  • A Q&A with a crusader for pedestrian safety
  • A Complete Streets success story in Blue Island, Ill.

Every issue of our quarterly newsletter is jam-packed with important news about biking, walking and transit in the region.

Past newsletters have included articles on Divvy behind the scenes, building Chicago’s bike lanes, BRT, bike commuting essentials, tips for winter biking, how to avoid doorings, the Illinois Prairie Path and dozens of other topics.

Only members of the Active Transportation Alliance receive our newsletter. If you’re not a member, you're missing out. Please join today!