Walking

An advocate for pedestrian safety

When Amy Mendelsohn walks around Chicago, she can’t help but notice the number of motorists who don’t come to a complete stop when pedestrians are walking in crosswalks — a violation of Chicago’s traffic-safety laws. The flagrant violations are so frequent that she has stopped counting how many times motorists have failed to comply with the law.

This issue is personal for Mendelsohn.

14-year-old killed on the day she was to receive an award

Like her fellow eighth graders on the cusp of graduation, Kaylah Lentine was looking forward to her first formal dance, a class field trip to Great America and moving on to high school. But tragically, all of those plans were cut short when the 14-year-old student from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School was struck and killed by the driver of a pick-up truck.

Suburban candidate voter guide

Suburban elections are right around the corner on April 4. Do you know where candidates in your community stand on biking, walking and transit issues? 

Active Trans contacted candidates for mayor and village president from municipalities across the region with a request to complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire.

Study highlights safety benefits of Chicago’s red light cameras

A new study from the Northwestern University Transportation Center found Chicago’s red light camera program delivers significant safety benefits.

In your community: local updates from around the region

Looking for the latest news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community? Look no further!

Below you can check out some highlights from our latest local e-newsletters. Our local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

Park district moves on Lakefront Trail separation

With Ken Griffin’s $12 million donation secured, the Chicago Park District plans to create separated trail space for people biking and people walking between West Fullerton Street and East Ohio Street this spring.

The North Side segment is part of a larger project to create separate paths along the full length of the 18-mile Lakefront Trail by the end of 2018, as Mayor Emanuel announced last December.

No accountability for driver who hit Active Trans staffer

Getting struck by a driver while she was in a crosswalk in West Suburban Maywood means that Cherrell Jackson now has trouble doing one of her favorite activities — walking.

“I will be glad when I can finally walk my grandchildren to the park,” said Cherrell (pictured here). “Now I have to get into a car to go to the park. I’m a person who likes to walk, but now walking is really hard. Going more than a few blocks, the pain is too much.”

Brookfield seeks input about biking and walking

The Village of Brookfield is making some good strides toward improving biking and walking in the community.  

While these changes never happen overnight, this progress was apparent last week when more than 30 Brookfield residents attended a workshop to help develop the village’s active transportation plan.

Active transportation plans are important for communities because they provide a path forward for a connected transportation network that serves everyone who uses local streets, regardless of their ability and how they happen to get around. 

Linking the Chicago River Trail on the NW Side

Part of the task of building a continuous Chicago River Trail means ensuring that other local trails connect to it and ensuring that access from local streets is safe and easy.

We took a step in the direction of creating a well connected Chicago River Trail recently when Chicago residents called on the city to finish the Weber Spur Trail on the city's Northwest Side.

The Weber Spur Trail (depicted on the map in the straight dotted line) will provide a key link to the river trail. 

Active Transportation Alliance Business Membership

 

Support better biking, walking and transit — your employees and customers will notice.

Membership is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS 

 

BASIC: $300 annually