A big part of the work we do at the Active Transportation Alliance involves educating the public about our goals of better biking, walking and transit.
We're a trusted local authority on these issues, and that's reflected by the media coverage about our campaigns, advocacy work and events.
By getting the word out in local media, we invite more people to understand and support our mission.
Check out some of the recent coverage
Seeking a bigger voice on transit, freight issues, Cook offers transportation plan (Chicago Tribune; July 2016)
Active Trans Executive Director Ron Burke praises Cook County's new transportation plan for giving priority to walking, biking and public transit and recognizing those modes of transportation as crucial to the county's long-term future.
All New Cars To Have Significant Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Forbes; June 2016)
Active Trans hosts a forum examining the impact of driverless cars on walking, biking, public transit and suburban sprawl.
Chicago Gears Up For Annual 'Bike Commuter Challenge' (WBEZ 91.5 Chicago; June 2016)
Active Trans Registration Manager Sean Blay promotes the Bike Commuter Challenge, the annual competition sponsored by Active Trans that encourages Chicago-area workplaces to get their employees to bike to work for bragging rights and prizes.
Why it's so hard to make bike trails (Daily Herald; June 2016)
Bike trails are difficult to build because they are expensive and require cooperation among various government agencies — a task Active Trans helps to facilitate as part of its mission.
Big Marsh could be a terrific bike park, but it's not yet safe to pedal there (Chicago Reader; May 2016)
Because Big Marsh Bike Park is not easily accessible by walking, bicyclng and public transit, Active Trans collaborated with Slow Roll Chicago and the Pullman Porter Museum on an access study that recommends improvements such as installing bike lanes and adding wayfinding signs.
Advocates Want A Bike Path To Connect The Chicago River's North And South Branches (Chicagoist; March 2016)
Active Trans Campaign Director Jim Merrell touts the benefits of building a bike path along the Chicago River.
Active Trans Celebrates 30 Years With a New Commitment to Healthy Streets (Streetsblog Chicago; February 2016)
Active Trans marks its 30th anniversary in February 2016 with a fundraiser at Germania Place, celebrating its achievements and outlining its vision for the future.
Experts and Advocates Weigh in on Rauner's Proposal to Widen the Stevenson (Streetsblog Chicago; February 2016)
In the wake of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to add new lanes to the Stevenson Expressway to ease traffic congestion, Active Trans Executive Director Ron Burke argues for investments that reduce car-dependent travel.
Winter Bike to Work Day is Friday (Redeye; January 2016)
Active Trans encourages bicyclists to get their bikes out of storage and brave the cold for the annual Winter Bike to Work Day and Winter Bike Challenge.
New Skokie policy sets 'Complete Streets' standards (Chicago Tribune; January 2016)
Active Trans is working with Skokie to develop the village's Complete Streets policy, which prioritizes the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.
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 (DNAInfo.com; Februrary 2015)
Thanks to Active Trans, users of the country's busiest trail can follow trail news on Twitter.
Chicago's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians (Chicago Tribune; October 2014)
As a part of the launch of our Safe Crossings pedestrian safety campaign, we released a list of 20 of the most dangerous intersections in Chicagoland.
Split lakefront path for cyclists, pedestrians: survey (RedEye; October 2014)
Following a survey about ways to improve the Lakefront Trail, Active Trans says in this article that alternative modes of transportation are vital to the corridor.
Metra eases bike ban but still reserves right to boot cyclists (Chicago Sun-Times; September 2014)
This article highlights our work with Metra to loosen its bikes-on-trains policy, an issue we hear about often from members.
Despite 2009 law, pedestrians still in danger crossing streets (Daily Herald; September 2014)
We studied 52 crosswalks throughout the region and found that most drivers don't stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, even though it's the law.
Checkerboard City: South Siders need a sidewalk (New City; July 2014)
Highlights our work with a group of residents on the far south side of Chicago who are trying to get a badly needed sidewalk installed in their neighborhood.
NewsViews: Active Transportation Alliance and AAA (ABC/Channel 7; June 2014)
ABC features our partnership with AAA to remind motorists and people on bikes to share the road and roll together.