North Suburbs

Schaumburg Express bus is suburban transit done right

We often talk about the challenge of connecting Chicago’s many suburban communities via public transit. The vast geography of the region and the hub-and-spoke nature of our transit system makes it difficult to reach many major suburban destinations without a car.

Skokie Valley Trail extension underway

Gaps in the Skokie Valley Trail have long been a frustration of people who bike and walk in the North Suburbs. The multi-use path is envisioned to eventually run from Wisconsin to Chicago, but lack of funding has left the trail segmented. 

Fans of the trail will rejoice to learn that conversations around bridging the gap and extending the trail are currently underway.

Your latest local active transportation news

The second issue of our local e-newsletters launched today!

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

There are so many exciting projects underway in many different communities -- read more below and check out our In Your Community webpages to learn about what's new in your neighborhood.

Chicagoland Suburbs

North Shore event focuses on active transportation

Mark Fenton, one of the nation's most well known advocates for creating walkable and bikeable communities, recently spent some time on the North Shore. During a conference presentation and walk audits, he shared many ideas with local leaders and advocates on how to make their communites safer and more welcoming for people walking and biking. 

On October 3 through 5, the Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups, Go Green Wilmette, and Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation welcomed Mark Fenton to Chicago’s North Shore.

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.