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Support better biking, walking and transit 


About one-third of all work trips in Chicago are comprised of people biking, walking or riding public transit.

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 that will make our region cleaner, healthier and more livable.

Join Bike Walk Every Town, the Active Transportation Alliance’s new suburban advocacy program. The program will help you develop the skills and access the resources needed to strengthen biking and walking in your community.


Why participate? 

Participating in Bike Walk Every Town will give you: 

  • Skills building training – hone your skills and become a savvy advocate
  • Issue based education – learn the nuts and bolts of biking, walking and transit infrastructure and policy issues
  • Local advocate network – meet other advocates in your area and start building your local movement
  • Professional coaching – get hands on support from Active Trans expert advocacy staff to help you bring change to your town

How to get involved

>> Attend our online advocacy summit on Thursday, November 16 from 6:30pm to 8pm. Register here

Bike Walk Every Town kicked-off with four in-person advocacy summits which gathered 65 advocates from 44 cities and villages from across the region. Active Trans is also hosting an online summit open to anyone interested in developing a campaign to improve biking and walking in their community. 

Participants will receive a Bike Walk Every Town logo (customized for their community) to use as part of their campaign. 

>> Participate in the webinar series

Following the summits, a series of webinars will be offered to help advocates dig deeper into bicycle and pedestrian friendly policy ideas, review case studies of successful campaigns and programs, and introduce tips and tools for outreach and campaign building. The program will include guest speakers and experts from around the region. 

>> Commit to carrying out your campaign 

Thank you for your interest!  Please send any questions to  



Campaign Building Worksheets

Policy Assessment Worksheet (pdf)

Policy Assessment FAQ (pdf)

Sample Request Letter (doc, pdf)

Campaign Action Planning Worksheet (pdf)

Policy Platforms

Bike Walk Every Town Local Policy Platform (pdf)

Bike Walk Every Town State & Regional Policy Platform (pdf)

Bike Walk Every Town Model Resolution (pdf)

Campaign Building Tip Sheets

Building a Base of Supporters (pdf)

Outreach and Communications (pdf)

Engaging Decisions Makers (pdf)

How to Write a Petition (pdf)

How to Develop an Elevator Pitch (pdf)

Case Studies

Complete Streets Policies (pdf)

Active Transportation Plans (pdf)

Funding for Bicycle/Pedetrian Projects (pdf)

Project Prioritization and Implementation (pdf)

Bicycle and Pedestrians Advisory Councils (BPAC) (pdf)

Additional Resources

How can Active Trans help your community? (pdf)

Resource Bank (pdf)

Suburban Bikeways for All Report


In the News

Group advocates for safer bicycle, pedestrian transportation routes (Daily Southtown)

Training Program Helps Suburban Residents Push for Biking, Walking Paths (CBS Chicago)



This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, 5 U48 DP 005010, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.