Chicago West & Southwest Side

Safe routes in Little Village

With nearly 80,000 residents, Chicago's Little Village neighborhood has the smallest amount of green space per resident and the largest proportion of residents under the age of 18 of any Chicago community.

Neighborhood schools are an essential part of the fabric of this dense, young community. They function as centers for local leadership development and community building, and are used as hubs for information, programs and services.

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.

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

This winter, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics on various subjects.

The clinics, called Teach Me Tuesdays, will be held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. starting January 5 and running through March 29. Each clinic will be about an hour long.  

Here's the schedule:

No good outcomes in sentence for aggravated DUI death

In the frigidly cold late evening hours on December 6, 2013, Hector Avalos, 28, a former marine and aspiring chef, was returning home by bike from his job at a River North restaurant in Chicago. 

That same evening, Robert Vais, 54, an administrator at Stroger Hospital, was returning home in his white minivan after leaving a holiday party in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.

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.

Improving walking and biking on Chicago's Westside

To highlight some of the new streetscape improvements that were made in the 28th Ward -- including newly added bike lanes --  Alderman Jason Ervin and Active Trans recently hosted a community bike ride in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

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.