We want walkable communities where people can get active as they get around.

While Chicago consistently rates well compared to its peers throughout the world, pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are all-too-common.

Working with community partners, policymakers and local residents, Active Trans advocates for a range of policies designed to enhance the region’s walkability and reduce pedestrian crashes, injuries and fatalities. We push for increased education, enforcement of existing laws and legislative changes, as well as design and infrastructure improvements.

Every winter, we also work to encourage people in the city and suburban communities to shovel their sidewalks.  

We strongly support the city of Chicago’s “Zero in Ten” goal of eliminating all pedestrian, bicycle and overall traffic crash fatalities within 10 years, and are thrilled to see other local communities inspired by the internationally acclaimed Vision Zero Initiative.




  • 2004: Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF) adds pedestrian-oriented projects like Drive With Care, Safe Routes to School and Sunday Parkways
  • 2005: South Suburbs sponsor a Safe Routes to School program. The success of this homegrown program generates enthusiasm for a national Safe Routes to School program.
  • 2007: On the heels of a Chicago municipal ordinance, the Illinois General Assembly passes a Complete Streets law.
  • 2008: CBF officially expands its mission to include pedestrian and transit advocacy, changes its name to Active Transportation Alliance.
  • 2010: Active Trans – in partnership with AARP Illinois, Access Living, Illinois State Police and others – spearheads passage of a new law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians entering or in the crosswalk.

Walking Campaigns

We're working in communities throughout the region to make streets and intersections safer for people walking.

Chicago Leadership Network

  What is the Chicago Leadership Network? Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and a strong public transportation system: These are not pipe...

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Vision Zero

WHAT Vision Zero is an international traffic safety movement guided by the principle that no loss of life on our streets is acceptable....

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Our Lakefront

WHAT Active Trans' Our Lakefront campaign aims to make walking and cycling safer and more convenient along our lakefront while increasing access to...

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Bike Walk Every Town

What is Bike Walk Every Town? Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and easy-to-use public transportation: These are not pipe dreams, but attainable goals...

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Trail Connect Chicagoland

The Chicago area provides opportunities to enjoy more than 1,100 miles of trails that crisscross the region. Not only are these trails fabulous recreational assets,...

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Chicago River Trail

The idea of a river trail is not a new one. At least as far back as Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan for Chicago,...

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