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

What's your 2014 biking, walking and transit agenda for Chicago?

Active Trans is meeting soon with the Chicago Department of Transportation’s new Commissioner, Rebekah Scheinfeld, and sharing our recommendations for CDOT’s priorities in the new year.

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We’d love to hear what you think should be on CDOT’s to-do list for biking, walking and transit in the coming year. Please share your ideas below.

Active Trans’s 2014 priority list so far includes goals like:

  • Expand the Divvy bike sharing program across the city into neighborhoods currently without stations.
  • Connect gaps that exist between bike lanes.
  • Build next-generation protected bike lanes with concrete curbs and other “hardscaping”; build more Neighborhood Greenways
  • Fix faded paint lines, standing water, potholes and rough spots where utility cuts occurred in bike lanes and unmarked bike routes.
  • Spearhead an ordinance or other policy change to increase secure bike parking in high-occupancy buildings.
  • Retrofit the most dangerous intersections and street crossings.
  • Secure a budget line item for a dedicated Pedestrian Infrastructure and Safety Fund to fix the sidewalk network and make other pedestrian improvements.
  • Complete final designs for the Ashland rapid transit line.
  • Launch a ward-based, online crash database.
  • Launch the Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit service.

Our draft list doesn’t stop there. In addition to these recommendations, we would love to hear from you and share some of your great ideas with CDOT. 

Although CTA and Metra are the lead transit agencies, we’re including transit ideas because CDOT plays an important role in creating street designs that accommodate transit vehicles and access to transit.

We'll compile and share your input with CDOT and use your ideas to help guide our work in 2014. Please include your name and email address so we can keep you informed about our work (we won't pass your contact information along to anyone). Thanks for sharing your ideas. 

And please join the fight for better biking, walking and transit by becoming a member of the Active Transportation Alliance today. Your membership supports programs and initiatives that will make the Chicago region a better place for walking, biking and transit.