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Keep up with the latest news on Active Trans and topics that we care about in the region.

Rep. Mah takes on sustainable transportation issues

Mar 6, 2019 | by Maya Norris

Since being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives for the 2nd District in January 2017, Rep. Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) has actively pushed for legislation that improves walking, biking and public transit. The freshman lawmaker’s most recent win occurred when then Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Bike Safety and Dutch Reach Act.

The law adds bike safety to the state’s Rules of the Road manual and the driver’s license exam.

Advocates fight for bike/walk education in schools

Mar 4, 2019 | by Maggie Melin

Would you like to see your local schools teach walking and biking safety to kids? With your help, we can make that happen.

Last year, thanks to the efforts of Active Trans and our partners, a law was passed requiring that K-8 public schools teach walking and biking safety to students.

Now we’re working with advocates in communities across the Chicago region to help implement the Illinois Bike Walk Education in Schools Act and encourage districts to comply with the new requirement.

Lynda Lopez, an advocate for transportation equity

Feb 28, 2019 | by Maya Norris

Lynda Lopez is on a mission to prove that transportation is about much more than just getting from point A to point B. She contends that creating safe walking, bicycling and public transit conditions are fundamental to creating thriving, vibrant communities in Chicago.

As a reporter for Streetsblog Chicago, Lopez explores how transportation and mobility intersect with social justice and equity, giving voice to the residents and communities that are grappling with these issues.

Wild Mile adds to dynamic Chicago River Trail

Feb 27, 2019 | by Steve Simmons

Adding green space along the Chicago River will create a dynamic experience for people walking, biking and running on a 27-mile continuous river trail.

The city has taken an exciting step toward this vision with a plan for the Wild Mile Chicago , a 17-acre floating park along the North Branch Canal.

Approved in the North Branch Framework Plan, the park will run in-stream from North Avenue south to Chicago Avenue.

A Q&A with Jeff Speck

Feb 27, 2019 | by Ted Villaire

Jeff Speck is one of the leading voices in the nation for creating cities that are better places to walk, bike and use transit. He’s a city planner and author of several books, including, most recently, “Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places.” This book was a followup to his very popular, “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.”

We recently had an opportunity to ask Jeff his take on what’s needed to make Chicagoland a better place for biking and walking.

REI to be honored for its longtime support

Feb 25, 2019 | by Maya Norris

We will be honoring REI by giving the company a Business Leadership Award at our 2019 Active Transportation Alliance Awards Reception on March 7. Please join us as we recognize REI as well Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. 

 

Specialty outdoor retailer REI does more than just sell clothing and gear for the outdoor enthusiast. The nation’s largest consumer co-op is committed to connecting people with nature and outdoor recreation,

Mayoral candidates support upgrading Metra Electric

Feb 21, 2019 | by Julia Gerasimenko

Chicago’s leading candidates for mayor recognize the untapped potential of the Metra Electric Line and understand why the next administration must upgrade it.

For years Active Trans has worked with community-based partners in the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric to fight for more service, better coordination and safer stations along the line.

Now mayoral candidates are getting on board in response to a candidate questionnaire from Active Transportation NOW,

Most mayoral candidates support a Bike Walk Fund

Feb 20, 2019 | by Julia Gerasimenko

Currently there is no money in the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) annual capital budget set aside specifically for biking and walking projects.

But change could be around the corner with most of Chicago’s mayoral candidates supporting a new, dedicated Bike Walk Fund in the city’s budget.

The $20 million fund would give priority to the city’s highest-crash corridors on the South and West Sides.

Take action now to a support a Chicago Bike Walk Fund. 

Mayoral candidates support 100 new miles of bikeways

Feb 19, 2019 | by Julia Gerasimenko

Chicago’s leading candidates for mayor pledge to build at least 100 miles of new on-street bikeways over the next four years, including at least 50 miles of protected bike lanes.

All eight candidates who responded to the Active Transportation NOW candidate questionnaire (Daley, Enyia, Fioretti, Ford, Kozlar, Lightfoot, Preckwinkle and Vallas) support building at least 100 miles of new on-street bikeways over the next four years, including at least 50 miles of protected bike lanes.

Lincoln Village Bridge, big victory for Chicago River Trail

Feb 18, 2019 | by Steve Simmons

In a big victory for walking, biking and running, the city broke ground on the much-anticipated Lincoln Village Bridge on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The bridge will connect existing multi-use trails on the east and west sides of the North Shore Channel Trail just north of Lincoln Avenue and south of Devon Avenue.

It’s another exciting step towards a continuous Chicago River Trail. A 27-mile trail would transform areas around the river into vibrant open spaces and connect people to jobs,