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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.

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.

Take our survey -- help improve Chicago’s bus service

Bus ridership has been declining significantly over the last several years. Why are fewer people riding the bus? There are many reasons for this decline, but we believe the central problem is that buses are often slow and unreliable. As a result, many are choosing alternative options when it comes to getting around the city.

How do you feel about Chicago’s bus service? Share your thoughts by taking our survey.

Slow Roll sees bicycling as a transformative force

For Slow Roll Chicago, bicycling can help to transform communities. The nonprofit organization believes bicycling can improve the quality of life in low-income communities, particularly neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

Since it was founded in 2014, Slow Roll Chicago has been dedicated to developing bicycling infrastructure and culture in these communities, while also advocating for the transformative power of cycling to reduce violence, improve health and create jobs. 

See where 4th Ward candidates stand

Early voting is already underway for the special municipal election for alderman of the 4th Ward, and transportation issues are front and center.

Residents of the 4th Ward can vote early through Feb. 27 or on election day, Feb. 28. Active Trans contacted all five candidates to get their views on biking, walking and public transit issues in order to inform 4th Ward voters.

Private donation will accelerate full Lakefront Trail separation

Megan Williams, who was seriously injured in a Lakefront Trail crash, called it the best Christmas present she could hope for when Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced hedge fund manager Ken Griffin donated $12 million to the city to create separated paths for people biking and people on foot along the full length of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail.

Participatory budgeting funds walking improvements

In recent years, Chicago has become a global pioneer for a government spending method called "participatory budgeting."  

Participatory budgeting, or PB, is a system in which citizens are given a direct vote on how government funds are spent.  

In Chicago, this takes place at the ward level, with alderman allowing their constituents to decide how to spend the $1.3 million in annual “menu money” they receive from the city.  

Your latest local active transportation news

The second issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

The local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

Chicagoland Suburbs

River trail plan encourages people to think big

Active Trans has released the full version of our Chicago River Trail Action Plan, which lays out key opportunities to advance the goal of a continuous Chicago River Trail for each neighborhood along the river.

Download and view the full report here.

Big Marsh bike park officially opens on South Side

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially cut the ribbon on Big Marsh, the 278-acre eco-recreation park in the Lake Calumet region of Chicago’s Far South Side.

The centerpiece of the new park is a 44-acre bike park that boasts a number of trails and other exciting features. Visitors will be able to take advantage of pump tracks and jump lines, as well as facilities for cyclocross and single track mountain biking -- all built on a former industrial site.