West Suburbs

Top 10 biking, walking and transit stories of 2018

There were plenty of attention-grabbing developments among the top active transportation stories of 2018.

Some of these developments helped make our streets safer and more inviting for people using active transportation, while others were intended to give more people access to better transportation options. 

Here they are. If we missed an important story, please let us know in the comments below. 

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.

Bartlett advocate petitions for trail connection

Longtime bicycling advocate Terry Witt is leading the charge to fill in a significant regional trail gap through the Village of Bartlett.

Oak Park advocates stay connected with local officials

A new group of advocates in Oak Park is committed to strengthening the village’s position as one of the best Chicago suburbs for walking, biking and public transit.

Formed less than a year ago, Bike Walk Oak Park (BWOP) has become a vocal presence in the community, calling for safer streets for people walking and biking in the village.

New campaign aims to link regional trails

Despite a growing awareness of the long list of benefits that trails can provide to communities, many trails in Chicagoland continue to be poorly maintained and difficult to access with too many dangerous crossings at busy streets. 

Support a moratorium on expressway expansion

A new analysis shows the Chicago region has grown more car dependent since 1980, and that a different approach is needed to create healthier, more sustainable and more equitable communities.

Cook County funds bike/walk/transit priorities

Cook County’s latest round of grant funding includes several exciting projects for people who walk, bike and ride transit in the city and suburbs.

Become an Active Trans Ambassador on Aug. 2

Do you share our vision for a region with safe opportunities to bike, walk and take public transit?

Are you excited about the work that Active Trans does and have an interest in advancing our mission by educating others?

If you answered yes, we need you to help us fight for this vision by becoming an Active Trans Ambassador.

Click here to sign up for an evening training in our office, 6-7:30 p.m. on August 2.

Take our survey to improve walking & biking on Logan Blvd.

Did you know that 17 of the Chicago River's 27 miles will have trails by the end of 2018? 

With trails taking shape as quickly as they are, it's urgent we push for improvements that create safe walking and biking options for accessing the river.

One area where we're working on better access to the Chicago River Trail is on Logan Blvd. from Rockwell Ave. to Lathrop Homes.

If you've ever biked or walked along this stretch, you know how perilous it can be for people walking and biking.