Get behind better biking & walking in Illinois

Want to see Illinois become a better place for biking and walking?

Now is your chance to help make that happen.

A bill that could boost funding for Illinois communities striving to be more walk- and bike- friendly took an important step forward in Springfield. Thanks to support from people like you, the bill has passed out of committee.

Now we need your help to get the Illinois General Assembly to pass it and the governor to sign it.

Senate Bill 2016 (SB 2016) establishes a Complete Streets and Trails Local Grant Program in Illinois. The bill enables local governments to apply for grants to build and extend trails or make street improvements for people walking and biking.

This April and May, you can show your support by taking action in any of the following ways:

  • Email your state senator in one-click: Use our pre-written letter to directly email your state senator about SB 2016 and why it matters to you.
  • Call your state senator’s office: We have talking points for you! Sign-up to call your state senator and ask them to support SB 2016.
  • Schedule an in-person meeting: Meeting face-to-face with your state senator is the most effective way to bring attention to and show community support for a bill. Sign-up to organize an in-person meeting — we’ll coach you through the process.

Walking and biking projects are in high-demand in Illinois, with applications for existing federal funds exceeding available dollars by a factor of 7. Unfortunately, the Illinois Department of Transportation currently spends very little state money on biking and walking projects.

This bill will set aside dedicated walking, biking and trail funding so communities throughout the state can benefit by building safer, healthier more equitable streets.

Get involved by asking the state to make Illinois a better place for biking and walking. Take action by emailing, calling or meeting with your state senator!

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