West Suburbs

Raffle winner opts for bike patrol escort

After winning a ride to school with a police officer in a raffle, a Riverside student opted for a police escort while biking instead of getting a ride in a squad car. 

Alex Schrier (left), his brother James and their mother, Rachel (far right), got an escort to Central School last week as part of the raffle prize for the Ride to School fundraiser.

Bike race for everyone becomes instant classic

Last month, the Active Transportation Alliance partnered up with the northwestern suburb of Bartlett to host the first-ever Kickstand Classic.

Beautiful weather and just over 500 enthusiastic riders made for a fantastic first event!

This event gave riders of all skill levels and speeds the opportunity to participate in a chip-timed race.

The riders made a loop 4.8-mile loop through the scenic town of Bartlett. The race was broken down into three waves of riders depending on their speed. 

Training the next generation of people biking

A group of teenagers in the western suburbs just enhanced their bicycling knowledge and received their very own bicycles in the process when they completed the inaugural Youth Earn A Bike Program from Greenline Wheels. Greenline Wheels is a nonprofit managed by Active Trans that promotes bicycling as a sustainable and affordable form of transportation and offers bike education programs.

Bicycling loses major figure

We were saddened to hear the news of the recent death of Phyllis Harmon, a vital figure in promoting bicycling  -- not just in Chicagoland, but in the entire nation. 

Among her many honors were getting inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, having a trail named after her in Wheeling and getting inducted to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Hall of Fame (CBF changed its name to the Active Transportation Alliance in 2008.) 

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.

Kids on Wheels wraps a third season

Started in spring of 2014, Kids on Wheels is the Active Transportation Alliance’s flagship bike safety educational program for school-aged children in the Chicagoland.

While we know that safe bicycling is best taught through doing, often we have found that schools are unable to commit to sustained programming as a result of the logistical challenges inherent to putting students on bikes.

Aurora, Fox River Trail get protected bike lanes

Protected bike lanes (PBLs) are for more than just Chicago and directly-adjacent suburbs.

Aurora, welcome to the (growing) club!

On May 13, the City of Aurora officially opened a half-mile of curb-protected PBLs on River St.  

The new bikeway serves those biking for transportation and closes the last major gap in the 60+ mile Fox River Trail network. 

Brookfield plants flag as bike-friendly community

Hundreds of people enjoyed the spring weather over the weekend for the Village of Brookfield’s inaugural Bike Brookfield event.  

The event -- which included a kids ride, a 5K/10K community ride and an after party with live music and raffle prizes from area businesses -- drew people from all parts of the community and all ages, along with visitors from nearby suburbs and Chicago.