North Suburbs

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. 

Stories show the need for safer walking & biking to school

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign focuses on making walking and biking to school better for kids across the state of Illinois.

We work with parents, students, teachers and other allies to champion improvements to the state’s Safe Routes to School program.

From communities across Illinois, everyone has a story to tell.

Biking from Edgewater to Evanston to become safer

It looks like biking from Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood to Evanston will become safer with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)’s proposed Neighborhood Greenways plan.

At a recent meeting hosted by Ald. Joe Moore and CDOT, residents saw details of the proposal to add a bike route spanning more than two miles in the 49th Ward.

N. Branch Trail extension breaks ground

North Branch Trail users heading south will no longer need to stop at Devon Ave. 

Recently, Active Trans was on hand for the groundbreaking on a three-mile extension of the extremely popular trail. 

The first 1.8 mile segment will extend south from Caldwell and Devon Aves. in Chicago to Forest Glen with completion expected in spring 2016.

Lack of sidewalks prevent Glenview kids from walking

A lack of sidewalks in residential areas surrounding Avoca West Elementary in north suburban Glenview creates a significant barrier for students wanting to walk and bike to school.

Many parents prefer driving their kids to Avoca West, viewing it as the safer option.

But that’s not a good solution if you want to see your kids getting more active, says the Avoca Area Pedestrian Safety Committee, an active group of parents.

Highland Park committed to being bike-friendly for everyone

North suburban Highland Park is a city dedicated to building a better bike culture.  

Last year, the city partnered with Active Trans to become the first Family Friendly Bikeways community.

So with support from the Highland Park Bike-Walk Advisory Group, we spearheaded an effort to improve biking in the Highlands, a neighborhood where people need better biking options between schools, parks, trails and businesses. 

Early reviews for new Ventra app generating excitement

Starting Thursday, Chicagoland transit riders can download a mobile app to reload their transit cards, buy Metra mobile tickets and track nearby buses and trains.

The free Ventra app available on Apple and Android devices will make it easier for CTA and Pace riders to manage their Ventra accounts, but the biggest benefit is to Metra riders who are no longer required to purchase paper tickets.