Walking

New Chicago Snow Removal Ordinance taking effect

Chicago’s first snowstorm over the weekend made it abundantly clear: winter has arrived.

With winter's arrival also comes the need for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Whether you live in Chicago or local suburban communities, being a good neighbor means having good shoveling habits. 

CEOs urge gubernatorial candidates to fund biking & walking

Business leaders from across the Chicago region are urging the next Illinois Governor to spend a “fair share” of state transportation dollars for a new, dedicated Bike Walk Fund.

Active Trans joins Chicago's New Mobility Task Force

As executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, I am excited to join Chicago’s New Mobility Task Force, which meets for the first time Oct. 25.

Cities are poised to become more livable and equitable by making it easier and cheaper to get around with fewer cars on our streets, and new mobility options have the potential to accelerate this change.

New regional plan has mobility vision but lacks funding, political will

Chicagoland’s new regional plan, called “ON TO 2050,” has plenty of good ideas on paper to tackle the problem of too many cars and traffic crashes, but it lacks the mechanisms, funding and leadership to actually implement a new mobility future and move away from the car-centric status quo.

The plan was prepared and approved by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), which is run by a collection of committees comprised of representatives of local, state, regional and federal governments.

Illinois celebrates Walk to School Day with new biking and walking education requirement

School districts across Illinois are working to meet a new requirement to teach biking and walking safety while celebrating national Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10.

Suburban advocacy summit on October 27

Do you want better walking, biking and transit options in your community?

For people who walk, bike or ride transit in the suburbs, our transportation system is often neither safe nor welcoming.

Don’t believe the hype about distracted walking

Despite endless media coverage about the dangers of distracted walking, a new analysis shows only a small fraction of the pedestrians struck by cars in Illinois were using a cell phone. 

From 2013 to 2016 in Illinois, less than 2 percent of pedestrians hit by cars were using cell phones at the time of the crash.

Let’s stop blaming victims and focus on the real problem.

Room for improvement on Lakefront Trail routing

The Chicago Park District’s design for separate biking and walking paths on the Lakefront Trail between Ardmore and Montrose addresses a major safety issue by redirecting cyclists away from street crossings where cars funnel into and out of the park.

Congressional candidates share views on transportation issues

With many threats and opportunities looming in Washington, D.C., decisions by the next U.S. Congress will shape the future of biking, walking and public transit in the Chicago region for years to come.

To educate candidates and voters about federal transportation priorities for the next Congress, Active Trans partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on a seven-question candidate questionnaire.

Construction sites continue to pose danger

After a series of fatalities and serious injuries, it’s clear Chicago must do more to protect people biking and walking near construction sites.