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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.

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The fifth issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities — read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Chicago

North Side 

  • Speeding up Chicago’s buses
  • 312 RiverRun Trail construction has begun
  • Join the Chicago River Trail Coalition
  • Major makeover for Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square
  • Residents look toward better biking, walking on Northwest Side 

 

West and Southwest Side 

  • Vision Zero outreach – an extended update
  • Speeding up Chicago’s buses
  • Join the Chicago River Trail Coalition
     

 South Side 

  • Speeding up Chicago’s buses
  • Lakefront Trail users should be protected from traffic
  • Hyde Park residents look at improving mobility 
  • Pushing for better walking and biking near Lake Calumet

 

 Chicagoland Suburbs

Active Trans hosted an online version of our Bike Walk Every Town summit on Thursday, November 16. If you live in the suburbs and are interested in developing a campaign to improve biking and walking in your community, you can watch a recording of the webinar by signing up here

North Suburbs 

  • Highland Park and Schaumburg were host to the Bike Walk Every Town regional advocacy training program this fall. 
  • This October kids were on the move in Highland Park at the village’s first Bike-Walk to School Day. 
  • The Village of Arlington Height’s board unanimously approved both its bicycle and pedestrian plan and a bike parking ordinance.
  • Head over to Evanston and try out their newly installed protected bike lanes along Sheridan Road from Chicago Avenue to Lincoln Street.
  • Algonquin, Elgin, McHenry, and South Elgin will be receiving technical assistance from CMAP on a plan to improve trail wayfinding and expand Aurora’s Zagster bike share system regionally.
  • Pace hosted an open house about their upcoming express bus service between Evanston and O’Hare Airport. Construction on the Pace Pulse Dempster Line is expected to begin in 2019.

 

West Suburbs 

  • Bike Walk Every Town hosted advocacy summits in Schaumburg and Elmhurst with a strong turn-out of advocates attending from the west suburbs.
  • Sign the petition to urge DuPage County to prioritize the funding and construction of the East Branch DuPage River Trail. 
  • The DuPage Forest Preserve held multiple public meetings to gather feedback about projects and initiatives community members felt should be addressed or initiated over the next five years. An online survey will be open later in November for public feedback. 
  • Aurora, Algonquin, Elgin, Naperville, and South Elgin will be receiving technical assistance from CMAP on a plan to improve trail wayfinding and expand Aurora’s Zagster bike share system regionally.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosted a free lecture about the future trail development of the Salt Creek Greenway and the potential to connect it to the Centennial Trail. 

 

 South Suburbs

  • The Chicago Tribune published a report on the four-year-long battle with the railroads to close a two-mile gap along the 11-mile Burnham Greenway.
  • Flossmoor hosted the final Bike Walk Every Town summit which gathered residents from a dozen communities in the south suburbs. 
  • A free lecture was hosted by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society about the future trail development of the Salt Creek Greenway and potentially connecting it to the Centennial Trail. 

 

State and Regional

  • Due to public transportation funding cuts in the state budget, Pace Bus and Metra both voted to increase their 2018 ticket prices.
  • Active Trans recently published a letter in the Chicago Tribune about the problems of highway expansion.
  • The League of American Bicyclists ranks Illinois 16th in the country and third in the Midwest for biking and walking.

 

Want more information about the projects in your community? Visit our In Your Community webpages.

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