Chicago South Side

Violence discourages kids walking & biking to school

In many Chicago communities, parents feel unsafe having their kids walking and biking to school.

For example, in Washington Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, kids often worry about getting caught in gunfire on their way to school.

Ashland, Western Express buses return next week

CTA will restore express bus service on Ashland and Western Avenues on Monday, Dec. 21 -- the same week service will begin on the Loop Link, Chicago’s first bus rapid transit corridor.

The agency announced the Ashland and Western changes in Aug., but released more specifics this week as they began a rider outreach campaign.

CTA plans to remove local bus stops on Ashland, Western

As part of an ongoing effort to speed up bus service on two of most popular bus routes in the city, CTA is preparing to remove some of the least-used stops on the #9 Ashland and #49 Western buses.

Federal bill preserves active transportation funding

In a big victory for the active transportation community, the U.S.

3 ways you can support transit expansion in Cook County

Fall is budget season in the Chicago region and that means we've entered a critical stage in our Transit Future campaign with the Center for Neighborhood Technology(CNT). As talks continue with President Toni Preckwinkle and all 17 members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, here are three ways you can help:

Federal support announced for great projects

On Wednesday the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced 66 projects will receive federal funding over the next five years to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance non-motorized travel in the city and suburbs.

Greater number of comfortable bike routes needed in Chicago

One of Active Trans’ main goals is to make bicycling a comfortable transportation option for everyone no matter their age or ability. 

But we know through research, observation and countless conversations that the average person is much more likely to hop on a bike when they are able to bike in places where they feel safe and comfortable. 

This is why today Active Trans is launching a bold new vision for cycling infrastructure in Chicago. 

Chicago’s low-stress bike network begins to takes shape

On a recent warm July evening, I rode my bike down to Douglas Park with a few other Active Trans staff members to participate in one of Slow Roll Chicago’s weekly Wednesday night rides.

606 points way to more Chicago trails

The 606 and the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s new rail-to-trail and park project, made national headlines when it opened up this summer, and in just a few short weeks established itself as one of Chicago’s most popular public spaces.

The overwhelming success of the trail leads to an immediate and obvious question: where can we put more trails? 

Several great candidates already exist.

606 East Extension

Revitalization project coming to West Pullman

With the development of Big Marsh Bike Park in South Deering and the Pullman Historic District becoming a national monument, lots of exciting things are happening on Chicago’s far Southside. One more project to add to that list is the 119th Street Corridor Plan.

The corridor will run four blocks along 119th Street in West Pullman between I-57 and Union Street, with the Major Taylor Trail crossing through on Halsted Street.