Chicago West Side

We know how to do this

I ride my bike. 

When I hear about a person killed while riding their bike, I think of the proverb, “there but for the grace of God go I.” I know a lot of other people have the same reaction. 

Even among strangers, there is a deep and difficult-to-verbalize connection to these tragedies. In some way, we’re a two wheeled tribe, more diverse than most characterizations by the media.

Public transit in Chicago's disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Urban League, founded 100 years ago, works for economic and social progress for African Americans and has a rich history of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

Ventra still a problem for social service providers

Transportation is often one of the biggest obstacles to job access for Chicagoans looking for work, and public transit should be a convenient and affordable solution.

Unfortunately, the transition to Ventra has made it more difficult for many low-income residents to ride transit to job training, housing, medical appointments, childcare and other critical destinations.

CDOT offers free bike riding classes

New to bike riding? Or do you just want to brush on up on your rusty bicycling skills? Either way the Chicago Department of Transportation has you covered. CDOT is offering free bicycle riding classes for adults from July to September on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Bike giveway brings smiles to 500 children

On a recent Saturday morning, hundreds of hopeful children lined up in front of North Lawndale College Prep for their chance at getting a free bike. 

CTA modernizing Blue Line's Forest Park Branch

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) held a meeting to gather community input on the Blue Line Forest Park Branch Vision Study. CTA representatives spoke to residents and commuters about accessing stations, customer experience and station improvement concepts.

The Blue Line Forest Park Branch is 55 years old and in desperate need of improvement.

Safe, welcoming school campus a key feature of safe routes

This guest blog post was authored by Rob Castaneda (pictured). He's the executive director of the local nonprofit, Beyond the Ball.

For me, the Safe Routes to School program is more than just looking how kids feel when they are walking to school. It also includes what the culture is around a school, the environment. 

Victory! Separate biking, walking trails coming to lakefront

Active Trans' efforts to create separate lakefront trails for people on bikes and people on foot has paid off.

This became evident when Mayor Emanuel revealed that the Chicago Park District will pursue the separated trail plan on two of the most congested portions of the Lakefront Trail.

Help plan a safer North Ave. in Chicago’s western suburbs

Across much of Chicago and through its western suburbs, North Ave. is one of those dreaded major arterial roads.

The state-owned, super-sized street is designed to move as many cars as possible as quickly as possible, regardless of the impact on people walking, biking and riding transit.

Now we may have an opportunity to change that and make North Ave. safer for everyone.

Chicago commits to more progress on Vision Zero

Since adopting a Vision Zero goal in 2012 to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2022, the City of Chicago has taken many steps to make our streets safer and save lives.

Unlike peer cities in the U.S. and around the world, this initial progress has been achieved without a multi-year action plan or more dedicated funding for safety improvements in the city budget.

Now it appears city leaders may be prepared to take these next critical next steps.