Did You Know?

While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Suburban advocacy summit on October 27

Do you want better walking, biking and transit options in your community?

For people who walk, bike or ride transit in the suburbs, our transportation system is often neither safe nor welcoming.

But when bolstered by a collective voice of advocates, transportation conditions in the Chicagoland suburbs have the potential to be transformed.

Be a part of this suburban transformation by attending our annual gathering of suburban advocates at our Bike Walk Every Town Summit on Saturday, October 27 in Elmhurst.

Bike Walk Every Town is our suburban advocacy program dedicated to lifting up suburban leaders and providing them with the resources and strategic advice needed to be more effective change-makers in their community.

Register for the Bike Walk Every Town Summit on October 27. The gathering is free and lunch will be provided.

The summit is designed for all concerned residents — from those new to advocacy to seasoned leaders with years of experience.

Join us for one or both of the following sessions:

  • Bike Walk Every Town 1.0 (for new advocates): The summit will start with an optional basic training for attendees interested in learning the fundamentals of advocacy and the Bike Walk Every Town platform. Attendees will be given guidance on creating a structured action plan to improve walking, biking and transit in their village or city.
  • Bike Walk Every Town 2.0 (for new and longtime advocates): All advocates are invited for a series of networking activities that will include regional updates and mapping out a plan for meeting with federal and state representatives and advocating for the implementation of the recently passed Bike Walk Education Bill at local school districts.

We will dig into tools to help you increase your capacity and effectiveness as an advocate that will help you make positive change at the local, regional and state level.

Visit our Bike Walk Every Town webpage to learn more about the program or email Advocacy Manager Maggie Melin at with any questions.