Chicago North Side

Next steps in the Chicago River Trail campaign

Can you imagine having trail access to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and the suburbs as a bicyclist or runner?

Did you know the Chicago River already has 13.2 miles of trails for biking and walking and that the city will complete an additional 1.7 trail miles in 2017?

We couldn’t be more excited for the next steps in the campaign to build a continuous Chicago River Trail. It's energizing to think about the river trail's potential to promote the city's cultural life. 

Creating a scenic Chicago River Trail

Imagine bicycling or walking along the Chicago River in the presence of beautiful trees and lush green vegetation.  Along the trail you encounter turtles and butterflies and hear birds chirping in the warm sunlight. 

Wouldn’t it be great to bicycle and run along the river in such a scenic environment?  A step toward bringing more of this vision to Chicago happened at a recent public meeting at River Park in the Albany Park neighborhood. 

April events on the Lakefront Trail

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

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

 

Saturday, April 8

Study highlights safety benefits of Chicago’s red light cameras

A new study from the Northwestern University Transportation Center found Chicago’s red light camera program delivers significant safety benefits.

In your community: local updates from around the region

Looking for the latest news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community? Look no further!

Below you can check out some highlights from our latest local e-newsletters. Our local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

Park district moves on Lakefront Trail separation

With Ken Griffin’s $12 million donation secured, the Chicago Park District plans to create separated trail space for people biking and people walking between West Fullerton Street and East Ohio Street this spring.

The North Side segment is part of a larger project to create separate paths along the full length of the 18-mile Lakefront Trail by the end of 2018, as Mayor Emanuel announced last December.

Linking the Chicago River Trail on the NW Side

Part of the task of building a continuous Chicago River Trail means ensuring that other local trails connect to it and ensuring that access from local streets is safe and easy.

We took a step in the direction of creating a well connected Chicago River Trail recently when Chicago residents called on the city to finish the Weber Spur Trail on the city's Northwest Side.

The Weber Spur Trail (depicted on the map in the straight dotted line) will provide a key link to the river trail. 

Chicago River Trail advances in North Branch Framework

City planners recently unveiled concepts that support a continuous trail along the Chicago River. These ideas were presented by planners during an update about the North Branch Framework for the Mayor’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative.  

This industrial corridor runs from West Kinzie through West Fullerton Avenues, separating Bucktown from Lincoln Park, and covers all of Goose Island. As the first of twenty-six industrial corridors under review, the North Branch framework will have important implications for future city plans.

Pushing for policy changes to Clear the Way

We know you’ve seen it: delivery trucks obstructing bike lanes, construction sites that render sidewalks treacherous or impassable, and people who think that crosswalks serve as parking spots. We see it a lot, too, and think it’s time to step up enforcement of these law-flouting drivers and construction companies.

Make Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park bike friendly

In 2017, Active Trans will shine a spotlight on a several Chicago streets in need of improved biking, walking, and transit options. First up: North Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Milwaukee Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side is one of the busiest streets for biking in the entire country. During peak months, as many as 5,000 people a day bike along the street, often surpassing the level of motor vehicle traffic at rush hour.