Between 2006 and 2012, people driving cars hit nearly 19,000 children who were walking or biking in Illinois, and 54 percent of those children were hit within one block of a school.
The West Suburbs include west suburban Cook County, as well as DuPage and Kane counties.
Get the latest updates on active transportation issues in the West Suburbs below and make sure to join our In Your Community: West Suburbs e-newsletter list. The e-newsletter comes out quarterly and offers a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in your area.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the information provided on this page, please feel free to contact Maggie Melin at email@example.com or 312-216-0475.
Local Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs:
Bike Walk Bartlett (Facebook Group)
Bike Walk Oak Park (Facebook Group)
Brookfield Bikes! (Facebook Group)
Illinois Prairie Path (not-for-profit)
More Bike Lanes in Aurora, IL (Facebook Group)
Trails Linking Communities (Facebook Group)
Walk Batavia (Facebook Page)
Bike Walk Every Town webinars
Bike Walk Every Town, Active Transportation Alliance’s new suburban advocacy program, hosts monthly webinars to help advocates dig deeper into advocacy tools and tips to improve biking and walking in the suburbs. In case you missed it, January’s webinar explored election advocacy strategies around engaging elected officials and candidates during election cycles. Register for our next webinar on Feb. 28. It will dive into best practices on developing and sharing your messages and tips when speaking to the media.
Mark your calendar for our Bike Walk Socials
Mingle and network with other suburban advocates at one of our Bike Walk Socials this spring! Join us at our West Bike Walk Social on Friday, March 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Glen Ellyn or at our Northwest Bike Walk Social on Monday, March 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Church Street Brewery in Itasca. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!
Walking advocacy superstars in the suburbs
Walking advocate Geraldolyn Harris of Des Plaines shared her stories about promoting better transportation options in the suburbs and participating in the Walking College from America Walks, a national nonprofit focused on making communities more walkable and livable. The Walking College is a 12-week online program that connects participants to a network of peer mentors and resources and trains attendees to advocate more effectively in their communities. In our two-part blog series, Harris and fellow walking advocate Anne Nagle discussed how they plan to use their experience in the Walking College to transform their communities. If you’d like to join the 2018 Walking College cohort, applications are due Feb. 28.
Get involved with your local advocacy group
Interested in getting involved in a local biking or walking advocacy group, an advisory council, or bike club? We’ve just updated our list of active groups and clubs from around the region. From Batavia to Brookfield to Elmhurst and anywhere in between, you can find residents and volunteers working to transform the suburbs and make our region a cleaner, safer, healthier place to live. Find the groups nearest to you.
I&M Canal Trail news
The region is taking a big step towards bridging a critical gap in the Chicagoland trail network. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is exploring the feasibility of extending the 80-mile I&M Canal Trail from Willow Springs north through the villages of Justice, Bedford Park and Summit, to connect to the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Salt Creek Greenway Trail and Chicago. The study will identify and evaluate potential routes and access points for the trail extension.
Oak Park Divvy news and the newly formed advocacy group
You may be aware of the disappointing news that the Village of Oak Park board decided to cancel the community’s Divvy bike-share contract on a 4 to 3 vote in late January. While Divvy may have been set up to fail in Oak Park, the village trustees still want to support bicycling in the future. The newly formed Bike Walk Oak Park coalition wants to leverage this moment to advocate for safer walking and bicycling in Oak Park. The group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library. If you’re interested in getting involved, join Bike Walk Oak Park on Facebook.
Provide input on the future of transportation in DuPage County
DuPage County seeks feedback from residents about improving the future of transportation in the county. Residents can share their views and insights at four open house meetings that the county will host in February: Feb. 6 in Warrenville, Feb. 15 in Addison, Feb. 20 in Carol Stream and Feb 22 in Downers Grove. They may also complete a survey and submit comments at www.dupageconnects.org. Use your voice, and let the county know you want better and safer walking and biking infrastructure in your community!
31 days of car-free suburban life
Did you know ditching your long driving commute for a short walking commute can have the same effect on the brain as falling in love? This winter, Elgin residents Katie Shaw Thompson and her family tried an interesting experiment: a month of car-free suburban living. Thompson, an ordained pastor and proud mother of two preschoolers, documented and reflected on her and her family’s experience with this car fast in her daily blog, the Elgin Bike Hub. You can follow their journey and learn even more fun transportation trivia along the way.
Metra and Pace hike fares
Metra and Pace fare hikes are now in effect. Pace’s ticket prices increased by 25 cents on Jan. 1 — a regular bus trip now costs $2. Metra’s fares increased on Feb. 1. The fare increase affects all Metra ticket prices, including one-way tickets (up 25 cents) and monthly passes (up $9 to $12.50 per month depending on the zone). These fare hikes were approved at the end of last year due to public transportation funding cuts in the state budget.
Local Community Resources
Trails Linking Communities (Facebook page) - stay updated on local and regional trial and bikeway news
Please email suggestions for additional local community resources to Maggie@activetrans.org.