North Suburbs

Duct tape and potted plants transform streets

Making an impact with infrastructure improvements doesn’t necessarily require large capital investments and years of planning. 

With minimal financial resources and plenty of sweat equity, Active Trans recently proved this by temporarily transforming public spaces in Willow Springs and other communities into a safe, enjoyable street environments for people to walk, bike, drive and interact — giving residents and community leaders a glimpse into how low-cost solutions can enhance the quality of life. 

Now open: North Branch Trail extension

The long anticipated 2-mile North Branch Trail extension from Caldwell and Devon Avenues to Forest Glen Avenue is finally open! Active Trans Executive Director, Ron Burke, attended Wednesday’s ribbon cutting celebration in the company of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and longtime advocate of the trail extension, 39th Ward Ald. Margaret Laurino.

A response to another anti-bike commentary

Last week, the Chicago Tribune published another anti-bike commentary from John McCarron. 

As with his past commentaries, we were treated with a flood of ill-informed opinions about people biking, protected bike lanes and the “free ride” bicyclists get.

Unfortunately, he continues to promote the common myth that people biking don’t pay their fair share of road costs — which is false. 

In response to McCarron’s commentary, we sent the Tribune a letter to the editor. 

Evanston deserves safe bike lanes

Last week, Active Trans held a Divvy celebration and advocacy meeting in Evanston. It was a great evening of networking and discussion.

The meeting started with a celebration of Evanston’s 10 new Divvy stations and the value they add to increasing biking in the community.

A bike race for everyone

Have you ever wanted to participate in a bike race but didn’t feel like you were at the competitive skill level? 

Look no further. On September 25, join us in the northwest suburban Bartlett to participate in an event that is the first of its kind! 

The Kickstand Classic Bike Challenge is a chip timed race for riders of ALL skill levels, on all kinds of bikes. 

Riders will get to choose between three waves that suit different riding skill levels, as well as how far they want to ride: 10, 14.5, or 19 miles. 

Active Trans launches new local e-newsletters

Curious about what Active Trans is working on in your community? Now you have an easy way of finding out through our new In Your Community quarterly e-newsletters, which launched this week.

The e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions. 

Suburban communities pedal forward on better bikeways

Last year, Active Trans worked with hundreds of members and supporters throughout the City of Chicago to develop our vision for the future of biking in the city, called Bikeways for All.

This summer we’re building off of that work and compiling all the best practices and priorities for improving biking in Suburban Chicago.  

Our Suburban Bikeways for All report will lay the foundation for the future of our bikeways advocacy in our region’s diverse suburban communities.

Rapid Transit coming to Dempster Street

A new state of the art rapid transit service is in development to take riders from Evanston to O’Hare International Airport. The Pulse Dempster Line will connect the communities of Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Rosemont along the major thoroughfare. 

Wilmette's first annual Roll and Stroll a big success!

The Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation (WCAT) hosted their first annual Roll and Stroll to Town event on Tuesday, June 21 in celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The event featured good music, good food, and lots of bikes!

North Shore residents: CTA and Pace want to hear from you!

The Pace Suburban Bus system and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) want your input on improving transit options in Skokie, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Wilmette and the North Side of Chicago.

The North Shore Coordination Plan is a project by Pace and the CTA that seeks to improve transit service in the North Shore area south of Lake Ave., north of Devon Ave. and east of I-94 to the lake.