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Volunteers needed for Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said for volunteers when it comes to building better bike infrastructure in Chicago. 

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Program is looking for people to help with its Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count for the following dates and time:

Divvy provides access to low-income residents

On July 7, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it's offering discounted annual Divvy Bikes memberships to low-income Chicago residents with its new Divvy for Everyone (D4E) program.

Through a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership and funds matched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Divvy for Everyone will provide people one-time annual memberships costing $5, which normally are $75.

Ride the ‘Green Wave’

What if every time you were approaching a red light on your bike, it magically turned green allowing you to blissfully carry on your journey without a care in the world?

The stuff of fantasy, you say? Not so!

Today the city is unveiling Chicago’s first-ever example of this on Wells Street between Huron and Wacker. This “Green Wave,” as it’s called, will make the fantasy of uninterrupted cycling a reality, at least on this one stretch of street — and hopefully more soon.

Bike Week rides put focus on diversity & equity

Bicycles are simple machines with the power to tackle complex challenges.  

These words open the Two Wheels, One City Call to Action released earlier this week by Active Trans, Slow Roll Chicago, Chicago Cycling Club and more than a dozen other community partners.

Where do you want new bike lanes in Chicago?

Active Trans wants to hear from YOU on priorities for building new bike routes in the city of Chicago.  

Half off at Chrome for Active Trans members!

Throughout the month of June, in honor of the Bike Commuter Challenge, the Chrome Store Chicago in the Wicker Park neighborhood is offering all Active Trans members HALF OFF their total purchase!

More than 40 businesses pledge support of Kinzie bike lane

Since we last wrote about the protected bike lane on Kinzie Street — and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s efforts to get the lane temporarily removed to accommodate construction traffic — we’ve received an outpouring of support both from more than 1,300 concerned citizens as well as from businesses in the area.

2015 Downtown Bike Count needs volunteers

In May, the Chicago Department of Transportation's Complete Streets program will be conducting its regular Downtown Bike Count. To help with this process, CDOT needs volunteers to assist in downtown Chicago.

This bike count is conducted in the spring, summer and fall and records the number of bicyclists who travel in and out of Chicago’s Central Business District. 

Lakefront Trail construction projects to know about

People walk, run and ride bikes on the Lakefront Trail year round, but with spring blooming, trail users should expect trail use to grow over the next several weeks. 

Before you head out to the trail, you should know about some major lakefront construction projects that could affect your trip. 

Why removing the Kinzie bike lane is a bad idea

A bike network is only as strong as its weakest link, but a new proposal by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly threatens to remove one of the most critical connections in Chicago’s growing network of protected bike lanes.

In an ordinance introduced in the Chicago City Council, Ald. Reilly is seeking to force the Chicago Department of Transportation to remove the Kinzie Street protected bike lane, located between Des Plaines and Wells Streets in the River North neighborhood.