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Mayor Emanuel wants your input on #ChiBudget2016

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.

Lime Line would bring rapid transit to West Side

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.

Active Trans shares priorities with city council

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.

PlayStreets Day 2015, a city-wide block party!

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. 

Rapid transit on Ashland is critical to our Transit Future

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.

Making the South & West Sides safer for people walking

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.

Divvy provides access to low-income residents

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.

Bike Week rides put focus on diversity & equity

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.

Where do you want new bike lanes in Chicago?

Active Trans wants to hear from YOU on priorities for building new bike routes in the city of Chicago.  

It’s on: Chicago vies for #everydaybiking title

If you’ve got a rack or a basket on your bike, consider riding on Milwaukee Avenue past Huron Street on Thursday, May 28 between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

That’s because the Chicago Department of Transportation will be counting bikes with racks and baskets as part of a new nationwide competition to find the best city for everyday biking.

What city has the most cargo bikes? Where are more kids biking? And most importantly: what city has the highest number of people with beards riding bikes?