Chicago West & Southwest Side

Winter Bike to Work Day a Success

Hundreds of winter cyclists descended upon Daley Plaza Friday morning to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day and the first ever Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

Winter Bike to Work Day commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history -- January 20, 1985 -- when the temperature dropped to 27 degrees below zero. 

Ronit Bezalel of The Chainlink was also there to capture the celebration. You can view her photos here.

CDOT solicits input for placemaking guidelines

As a supporter of the Active Transportation Alliance, you’re most likely familiar with the idea of Complete Streets, the design approach that requires streets to be designed for safe, convenient use by users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

A great pairing to Complete Streets is the philosophy of placemaking, a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates community building and neighborhood identity into designing community spaces.

Chicago West & Southwest Side

 

 

Overview

South and West Side advocates demand better cycling

You may have heard about a group of advocates who recently asked the City of Chicago to create better conditions for cycling, including more bike lanes and Divvy stations, on the South and West Sides. With the South and West Sides too often misrepresented as cycling deserts, it is fantastic to see local cyclists like Oboi Reed, Shawn Conley and Peter Taylor (Taylor serves on our board of directors) leading the charge for better biking!

Get ready for the 2015 Chicago municipal election

This February 24, Chicago voters will be casting ballots for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, as well as some non-binding/advisory referenda. Here are five steps you can take to be prepared on election day.

Stop Illiana Tollway project while it's stalled

In an encouraging sign, recently inaugurated Governor Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order putting the ill-conceived Illiana Tollway and other major infrastructure projects on hold pending a “careful review of costs and benefits.”

Sign and share our petition to Governor Rauner to kill the project for good.

Roll the Cold Bike Challenge starts soon!

Have you registered for the Roll the Cold Bike Challenge yet?

If not, you can do so here. Biking one way to or from your destination on one day between January 17-23 counts as participating in the challenge.

The person who rides (and logs) the most miles during the challenge will be honored as the King/Queen of the 2015 Roll the Cold Bike Challenge.

This means being featured on our social media and highlighted in communications for our 2015 (Summer) Bike Commuter Challenge.

You can win prizes for raising money too. Check it out: 

Chicago Tribune changing the tune on red light cameras?

You may know that the Chicago Tribune has led the charge against red light cameras, and their assertions -- similar to misleading claims they have made about speed cameras -- have been flawed at times. The Tribune also failed to mention that experts like the Federal Highway Administration found that red light cameras reduce crashes.

Help Streetsblog Chicago resume its important work

During the past couple of years, Streetsblog Chicago has been an important voice in making Chicagoland a better place for biking, walking and transit. The web-based publication has been a great partner to Active Trans and others in the region who are working toward creating streets that welcome everyone.

Unfortunately, due to a funding shortfall, Streetsblog Chicago has suspended publication.

Transit questionnaire sent to mayoral and alderman candidates

With the 2015 municipal elections in Chicago approaching, we have asked candidates running for mayor and alderman in all 50 of the city’s wards to respond to a candidate questionnaire on bike/walk/transit issues.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Active Trans does not endorse candidates for public office. The purpose of the candidate questionnaire is purely informational.