Submitted by Jim Merrell on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:27
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
Submitted by Ron Burke on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:58
In an effort to increase bike education, encouragement and safety programming in the near west region of Chicagoland, Active Trans recently assumed day-to-day management of Greenline Wheels.
Greenline Wheels, founded in 2010 by a local family seeking to elevate the bike friendliness of the Oak Park/River Forest community, will remain at 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park.
Submitted by Jim Merrell on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:14
We recently had the opportunity to share our priorities with the Chicago City Council, now it’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s turn to hear from Active Trans members and supporters.
As part of this year’s city budget process, Mayor Emanuel wants to hear directly from residents about their priorities before delivering his 2016 budget to City Council on September 22.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:25
People living on the West Side of Chicago know how difficult it can be to get anywhere on public transportation. Residents who aren’t lucky enough to live near Metra or CTA train stations lack rapid transit options and are forced to rely on local buses.
A majority of the bus lines are on congested streets, causing a 30-minute trip to often take well over an hour.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:33
With no Chicago City Council meeting this month, August is often vacation time for aldermen and their staff throughout the city.
But last week we learned several council members are already hard at work preparing for a busy fall.
On Wednesday, Active Trans hosted a series of briefings at Chicago City Hall to introduce our organization to newly elected representatives and update everyone on our bike/walk/transit priorities.
Submitted by Jason Jenkins on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:04
July 30th was PlayStreets Day and Active Trans was out in the neighborhoods having a ball!
PlayStreets, a Chicago Department of Public Health youth obesity prevention initiative, closes traffic to specific neighborhood streets for three or more hours to transform the community into safe, supervised play areas for families to stay active and healthy.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:18
Everyone who travels around Chicago recognizes Ashland Avenue as one of the most important transportation corridors in the city and can see it’s long overdue for an upgrade.
No matter what mode of transportation you’re using, trips are often frustratingly slow and unpredictable, especially during the morning and evening rush.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:40
We all can think of street crossings in the Chicago region that are badly in need of safety improvements -- many of them in low-income neighborhoods that lack good walking infrastructure.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:43
On July 7, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it's offering discounted annual Divvy Bikes memberships to low-income Chicago residents with its new Divvy for Everyone (D4E) program.
Through a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership and funds matched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Divvy for Everyone will provide people one-time annual memberships costing $5, which normally are $75.
Submitted by Jean Khut on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:33
Bicycles are simple machines with the power to tackle complex challenges.
These words open the Two Wheels, One City Call to Action released earlier this week by Active Trans, Slow Roll Chicago, Chicago Cycling Club and more than a dozen other community partners.