Links

Explore the links below for more information on biking, walking and transit.

Looking for clubs and groups that operate in a specific part of Chicagoland? Check out the In Your Community pages for more resources.  

 

Bicycling Resources

Crash Support Helpline Get help if you’ve been in a crash while walking or bicycling in Chicagoland.

Chicago Family Biking Empowering families to bike in Chicago with education, advocacy and community building events.

The City of Chicago Bicycle Program Learn about biking events, programs and resources in Chicago

Request bike racks in Chicago Request a new bike rack or search for existing racks in Chicago

Preventing bike theft Tips for bike theft prevention

Chicago Stolen Bike Registry Report and view documented bike thefts in Chicago

Report abandoned bikes Submit reports of abandoned bikes for pickup by the city

Register your emergency contact Link emergency contacts to your driver’s license in case of a crash

Bicycle Laws Learn laws, rights and responsibilities for cyclists in Chicago

Bike Safety Tips Find out solutions for common bike safety issues

City of Chicago’s Bicycling Safety Videos Links to videos concerning biking

Ride Illinois Nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois

Chainlink Connect with a community of more than 9,000 bicyclists 

Windy City Cycling Club Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered bike club

Queer Cycling Chicago Provides a positive and affirming space for all varieties of queers and friends/allies of queers. 

Out Our Front Door Organizes overnight bike rides in the region. 

 

Bike Sharing

Divvy Chicago’s bike sharing system operated by the Chicago Department of Transportation. 

Pace/Zagster,  Jump Privately-operated dockless bike and scooter sharing companies.  

 

Local Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs (after clicking link, scroll down)

West Suburbs

North Suburbs

South Suburbs

Chicago West & Southwest Sides

Chicago South Side

Chicago North Side

 

Bike Education

Blackstone Bicycle Works Full-Service Woodlawn bike shop and education center for area youth

Chicago Bike Ambassadors The City of Chicago’s team of bike safety and education specialists

Lesson Plans and Curricula  Educational resources for teachers on bike safety curriculum

West Town Bikes Community bicycling workshop

Bronzeville Bikes Organization working to expand biking accessability and use in the Bronzeville neighborhood

The Recyclery Used bicycle project seeking to restore and reuse donated and discarded bikes

Project Mobility Nonprofit commited to creating adaptive bikes for those who need them

League of American Bicyclists services in Chicago Bike safety courses and information for the Chicago area

Women Bike Chicago Group that seeks to empower more women to ride bikes for transportation and recreation

 

Trails Resources

Chicago Area Mountain Bikers Guides, forum and information for mountain biking in the Chicago area

DuPage County Bikeways Homepage Explore all the bikeways in DuPage County

DuPage County Bikeways Mapping App Real-time app locates you on bike trails using GIS data of DuPage County

DuPage County Bikeways Map PDF document showing trails and bikeways in DuPage County. 

Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail Explore information on the Bloomingdale Trail and The 606

Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail Discover 30 miles of trail running along Sag Channel and The Calumet River

Friends of the Great Western Trail Volunteering and community information for the Great Western Trail

Grand Illinois Trail Information on this 500+ mile scenic trail 

Illinois Prairie Path A guide and information on the nation’s oldest rail-to-trail conversion

Old Plank Road Trail 22-mile paved trail running through Chicago’s south suburbs

Salt Creek Trail Updates and information about this regional trail running through Cook and DuPage counties

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail Chicago southwestern trail connecting two forest preserves across 7 miles. Future entry point for the Cal-Sag Trail.

 

Commuting

Bike commuting Active Trans’ resources for bicycle commuters

Chicago Bike Map Interactive bike map for the city of Chicago

Pace Rideshare A free carpool and ridesharing service for the Chicagoland area

 

Bicycle Jobs and Services

Chicago Couriers Union Support and union services for transportation workers

Bike Chicago Rentals Bicycle rental and tour information

Bobby’s Bike Hike Bike rentals, group tours and community bike shop

Dero’s Guide to Bike Parking Basic guidelines for creating bike parking. 

 

Bike Shops

Bike Shops in the Active Trans member discount program Shops offering a discount to Active Trans members. 

 

Bikes on Transit

CTA Bike & Ride How to bring your bike on buses and trains

Bikes on Pace How to travel on Chicago’s suburban buses with your bike

Bikes on Metra A guide to travel by Metra train with a bike

Watch a video How to put your bike on a CTA bus

 

Pedestrian Resources

Walk Score Discover Chicago’s most walkable communities

The Chicago Pedestrian Plan Information on making Chicago walkable

Walk to School Day — Illinois Information for celebrating National Walk to School

Active Trans’ Safe Routes efforts Active Trans’ work in the national movement

Illinois Dept. of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program Illinois’ Safe Routes efforts

 

Transit Resources

CTA Chicago Transit Authority, trains and buses serving Chicago

RTA Regional Transit Authority, coordinates public transit for Northeastern Illinois

Metra Commuter rail agency, Metra trains serve Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties 

Pace Provides bus service primarily to Chicago’s suburbs

Amtrak Provides intercity passenger transportation and connects 500 destinations in 46 states 

NICTD Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, South Shore Train line from Chicago to Indiana

Transit Benefit Fare Progam Employees can save on transit fares by paying pre-tax through an employer

 

Car Sharing 

Getaround  Peer-to-peer carsharing service described as an “Airbnb for cars”

Zip Car Cars parked in designated spots in some city neighborhoods you can rent by the hour

Car2go Free-floating car sharing operating in some city neighborhoods

 

Blogs

Streetsblog Chicago John Greenfield and company share news on transportation issues and updates

Chicago Bicycle Advocate Legal news surrounding biking in Chicago 

 

 

 Looking for more clubs and groups that operate in a specific part of Chicagoland? Check out the In Your Community pages for more resources.  

Are we missing anything? Contact ted@activetrans.org with your suggestions.