In the news: 2015


Video: See Why Cycling in Chicago Without A Bike Light Is Dangerous (Chicagoist; October 2015)
Active Trans Education Specialist Jason Jenkins shares why bike lights are crucial safety devices for bicyclists riding at night and what to look for when buying bike lights.


Build more and better bike lanes, cycling advocates urge Chicago (Chicago Tribune; October 2015)
Active Trans’ report Bikeways for All proposes 180 miles of new low-stress bike routes.


Active Trans offers freebies, not just deductions, if you donate your car (Chicago Sun-Times; September 2015)
Residents who donate their cars to Active Trans not only get a tax deduction but also receive free memberships to the Divvy bike share program and Enterprise CarShare program as well as other incentives.


Amtrak expands rails-to-trails service for cyclists (Chicago Tribune; September 2015)
Active Trans Deputy Executive Director Melody Geraci commends Amtrak for offering its roll-on, roll-off service, allowing bicyclists to easily walk their bikes on to the train and lock them on to a rack.


CDOT Says It Will Keep Kinzie Protected Bike Lanes in Place (Curbed Chicago; September 2015)
Active Trans successfully mobilized more than 1,400 people to contact the City Council to request that the protected bike lanes on Kinzie Street in the River West neighborhood remain in place.


Explore Chicago on the Boulevard Lakefront Tour (WGN Radio; August 2015)
WGN Radio interviewed Active Trans Executive Director Ron Burke about the recent bikes on trains victory with the South Shore Line commuter train. He also discusses our BLT ride.


Tracing the Urban Transportation Revolution (Next City; July 2015)
Discussion of a new report that looks at the key role advocacy organizations like Active Trans play in spurring transportation innovations.


Chicago’s shared streets, efforts to boost biking (WTTW’s Chicago Tonight; July 2015)
Active Trans Executive Director Ron Burke participates in a panel discussion about the Argyle shared street project and other topics related to biking in Chicago.


Active Transportation Alliance: Allow bikes on South Shore Line (Chicago Sun-Times; June 2015)
Active Trans gave the agency that operates the South Shore Line the Broken Spoke Award for being the only commuter train in the nation that doesn’t allow bikes on board.

Work begins on Clybourn protected bike lanes
 (NBC 5; June 2015)
Active Trans weighs in on the benefits of curb-protected bike lanes on Clybourn in Chicago.

Can Six Corners become a more bike-friendly intersection? Plan underway
 (DNAinfo; April 2015)
Active Trans is involved in the effort to make the Six Corners safer for pedestrians and a great shopping center once again.


Group seeks more money to protect kids from cars near schools (Chicago Sun-Times; April 2015
Active Trans is asking Illinois legislators to put more money into a program aiming to reduce the danger of children getting hit by cars within a block of schools.


Rauner’s budget aims to run transit funding off the rails (Crain’s Chicago Business; March 2015)
Active Trans’ Executive Director Ron Burke tells us how Gov. Rauner’s new budget will hurt Illinoisans.


Why Chicago needs bus rapid transit on Ashland (Chicago Sun Times; March 2015)
Our own Ron Burke and Vice President for Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology Jacky Grimshaw discuss the benefits of having rapid transit on Ashland.


Active Transportation Alliance pushing back to save red-light cameras (Chicago Sun Times; March 2015)
We make the case that red light cameras can improve safety.


Bike Path Will Link Edgewater to Joliet, and Nearly All of It Is Off-Road (DNAinfo; April 2015)
The Lakefront Trail is about to be connected to several other bike paths that bring it to a total of 74 miles that end in Joliet.


Illiana opponents deliver petitions to the governor (Daily Southtown; February 2015)
Active Trans was among the groups that delivered boxes of petitions bearing 12,856 signatures to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Chicago office this week urging him to kill this project.


Active Trans Wants Candidates to Commit to Working for Safer Streets (StreetsBlog Chicago; January 2015)
We asked Chicago mayoral and aldermanic candidates to endorse a platform for making Chicago a better place for walking, biking and transit.


It’s on: Winter biking contest starts Saturday in Chicago (Redeye Chicago; January 2015)
Active Trans launches Chicago’s first winter bike commuting competition.


Lack of Sidewalks Makes Walk to Only Area Grocery Dangerous, Residents Say (DNAinfo; January 2015)
Active Trans is partnering up with Riverdale residents to encourage their alderman to provide safe sidewalks.


Interview with Active Trans Deputy Director Melody Geraci and CDOT Commissioner Scheinfeld(WTTW’s Chicago Tonight; January, 2015)
Geraci and Scheinfeld discuss the state of biking in Chicago and what can done to enhance bike safety.


Lakefront Trail Twitter Account Keeps Riders, Runners, Walkers Informed (; Februrary 2015)
Thanks to Active Trans, users of the country’s busiest trail can follow trail news on Twitter.