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Only 11 percent of Chicagoland residents ride transit to work.

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The second 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.

Chicagoland Suburbs

North Suburbs

  • The Active By Design Summit features walk audits in Skokie, Park Ridge, Highland Park, Wilmette, and Glencoe.
  • Park Ridge creates a Bike Planning Task Force. 
  • Evanston’s Dodge Avenue bike lanes are to be improved, not removed.
  • Skokie Complete Streets pop-up event focuses on pedestrian safety at Niles North, Old Orchard.
  • Des Plaines is striving for better biking and walking through a Northwest Highway S-Curve project.

West Suburbs

  • West Chicago’s Mayor Pineda challenged residents to walk with him once a week through the Move with the Mayor Challenge.
  • The Illinois Prairie Path is at risk of being detoured along a busy and dangerous arterial. 
  • Taking place in scenic Bartlett, the Kickstand Classic draws over 500 enthusiastic riders.
  • Improved pedestrian crossings are coming to Maywood.

South Suburbs

  • Plans for Northeast Indiana’s first rapid bus service, the Broadway Metro Express, are almost complete.
  • Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds were awarded to Channahon for a bike and pedestrian bridge and to Romeoville for a new Metra station.
  • The Complete Streets demonstration project in Willow Springs receives wide support, even from the Mayor!
  • Midlothian’s 147th Street is a state-owned arterial with some serious safety concerns- the Complete Streets pop-up event provided possible improvement ideas to the corridor.


City of Chicago

North Side

  • Active Trans’ new Chicago River Trail Action Plan provides a vision for a continuous system of mixed-use trails along the Chicago River.
  • New plans for Belmont Blue Line Station include permanent implementation of prepaid boarding.
  • The North Branch Trail extension is open, and it’s beautiful!
  • Unfortunately, the Manor Greenway pilot ended early- this project needs your support now more than ever.
  • Three North Side wards voted on participatory budgets and residents overwhelmingly in favor pedestrian safety improvements. 

West and Southwest Side

  • The Go Campaign gets Garfield Park moving!
  • The first Active Trans West Side Leadership Network meeting offered a space for community advocates to come together and discuss local active transportation projects.
  • Three new bikeways are being planned for the West Side.

South Side

  • Active Trans’ Chicago River Trail Action Plan offers new ideas for a trail along the Chicago River.
  • After years of advocacy, the #31 bus is back, but only on a trial basis.
  • Active Trans launches new South Side Leadership Network.
  • Big Marsh Bike Park is open, but access is still lacking.
  • The CTA Red Line Extension hearing drew hundreds of South Side residents to comment on the project.


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

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