Chicago West & Southwest Side

Supporters share ideas for Chicago election platform

Residents from neighborhoods across the city believe future leaders of Chicago should make it a priority to build out a network of safe biking and walking infrastructure and increase access to fast, frequent public transit service.

This is some of what we learned after hosting two Active Transportation Justice Dialogue events at St. John Berchman Chuch in Logan Square and the Chicago Urban League office in Bronzeville. 

South Branch leadership workshop on Sept. 27

Would you like safer connections between Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Bridgeport and Pilsen, as well as better opportunities to bike, walk and take public transit in these communities?

If you're passionate about these issues, we need you to help us fight for this vision by registering for a leadership training 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept 27 at the YMCA in Pilsen -- located at 2700 S. Western Ave.

Click here to sign up for the Sept. 27 leadership workshop.

Support a moratorium on expressway expansion

A new analysis shows the Chicago region has grown more car dependent since 1980, and that a different approach is needed to create healthier, more sustainable and more equitable communities.

Cook County funds bike/walk/transit priorities

Cook County’s latest round of grant funding includes several exciting projects for people who walk, bike and ride transit in the city and suburbs.

Share your ideas for the 2019 Chicago transportation platform

As election season in the City of Chicago approaches, Active Trans is excited to invite our partners and supporters across the city to provide input on our 2019 transportation platform.

Active Trans will host two meetings open to all to help build a collaborative and intersectional platform, which will be used to educate candidates and voters in the 2019 Chicago mayoral and city council elections.

Bike Week grants inspire events around the city

Active Trans was thrilled to be able to offer financial support to bring Bike Week into additional communities throughout Chicago this year. 

Thanks to financial support from Google, Active Trans provided four grants to community groups so that they could host Bike Week encouragement and educational events.

Our Bus Advocacy Grants are being put to work!

In 2017, Active Trans and our partners from the Back on the Bus Coalition published the Back on the Bus report. This report found that bus ridership in the city was dropping and that the way to increase bus ridership was to focus on improving bus speed and reliability. 

To reverse this trend, three recommendations were given:

Chinatown organization works to improve walkability

Chicago's Chinatown has been touted as one of the only Chinatowns in the U.S. that is growing. Indeed, over the past several years, Chinese Americans have moved beyond Chinatown's core within Armour Square and into "Greater Chinatown." 

While Chicago's Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood and great place to live, it’s also long overdue for active transportation investments. 

Become an Active Trans Ambassador on Aug. 2

Do you share our vision for a region with safe opportunities to bike, walk and take public transit?

Are you excited about the work that Active Trans does and have an interest in advancing our mission by educating others?

If you answered yes, we need you to help us fight for this vision by becoming an Active Trans Ambassador.

Click here to sign up for an evening training in our office, 6-7:30 p.m. on August 2.

Sign the petition for a Chicago Bike Walk Fund

After a flurry of new construction from 2011 to 2015, the growth of Chicago’s networks of protected bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly streets has unfortunately slowed down.

Chicago installed 15.9 miles of new bikeways (including one mile of protected bike lanes) in 2017, down from a peak of 39.5 new miles of bikeways in 2014.

Progress on safer streets is clearly lagging despite growing support among Chicagoans and our elected officials for creating streets that protect the most vulnerable users on foot and bike.