Chicago North Side

NW Side residents support trails and bikeways

It was standing room only at the Trails and Bikeways workshop when more than fifty northwest side residents filled Gompers Park Fieldhouse on May 25. They rolled up their sleeves in small groups and recommended ways to improve trails and off-street bike routes.

A key part of our Chicago River Trail campaign involves directly engaging the public so that projects meet the safety and accessiblity needs of surrounding neighborhoods.

North Side Lakefront Trail detour starts Monday

To make way for trail separation, the park district plans to close the Lakefront Trail between Diversey and North Avenue and redirect users to a marked detour through Lincoln Park.

See a map of the official detour from Diversey to North Avenue.

NW Side trails and bikeways workshop May 25

Do you live on the Northwest Side and want to improve trails and bike routes in your neighborhood?

Would you like to learn more about supporting regional paths like a Chicago River Trail? There's still time to RSVP for our workshop on May 25 at Gompers Park Fieldhouse.

Making one of the city’s crown jewels safer for everyone

Saturday’s groundbreaking on the Lakefront Trail was a great moment for everyone who enjoys one of Chicago’s most beloved — but extremely congested — public spaces. 

For Saturday’s event, I joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, local philanthropist Ken Griffin, Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly, Alderman Michelle Smith and others to mark the beginning of a project that will create separate trail spaces for people biking and walking on the Lakefront Trail between North Avenue and Fullerton (see photo).

Mobilizing for a better Milwaukee Ave.

Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood is one of the busiest streets for walking and biking in the entire city. The street also sees an unacceptable number of people walking and biking injured in preventable crashes.

City announces quick-fixes for Milwaukee Ave slated for this summer

Last night, residents had a chance to weigh-in on how to make Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park safer and more people-friendly, kicking off an exciting opportunity to advocate for much needed upgrades on one of Chicago’s busiest streets for people walking and biking.

Of the nearly 100 people who showed up for the event, the majority seemed to support making the street safer and more welcoming to people walking and biking. 

Finally, here’s our chance to fix Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park

Active Trans members and supporters are all too familiar with the dangerous conditions for people walking and biking along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor in Wicker Park.

On May 9, we’ll have a chance to voice our concerns at a public meeting hosted by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), along with Alderman Moreno (1st Ward), Alderman Hopkins (2nd Ward), Alderman Waguespack (32nd Ward) and the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33.

May events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of May so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

For more information on conditions on the Lakefront Trail, check out our Lakefront Trail Twitter page.

Monday, May 1

39th Ward Trails and Bikeways Workshop

Are you a 39th Ward resident who wants to improve neighborhood trails and bikeways? Do you have ideas about how to create safe and accessible connections?

The 39th Ward -- represented by Alderman Margaret Laurino -- contains a large section of the Chicago River on the far Northwest Side. So, needless to say, it's going to be a key part of the campaign to develop a continuous Chicago River Trail.

Please join us for a community workshop with Ald. Laurino to learn about proposed projects and to share your ideas for improving trails and bike routes.

Reported doorings increase in 2015 – what does it mean?

The number of reported "dooring" crashes in Chicago increased by almost 50 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to data recently published by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Doorings are crashes that happen when people open car doors into the path of a person on a bike, leading to a dangerous collision, serious injuries and even fatalities.