West Suburbs

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. 

New bike education effort aimed at older students

Active Trans and Greenline Wheels just wrapped up a new two-week on-bike education program for students at Oak Park/River Forest High School. 

The program was partly the result of input from concerned residents and teachers in the OPRF community. 

The program’s goals are to: 

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.

Adding lanes to Stevenson won’t relieve congestion

Last week Governor Rauner announced a proposal to add managed travel lanes to Interstate 55 under a public private partnership.

If approved by the Illinois General Assembly, the project would add at least one lane in each direction to I-55 between Interstate 355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) and Interstate 90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway).

Batavia working to build safe routes for healthy kids

Active Trans’ Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign aims to make communities safer for kids to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Throughout the Chicago region, many of them aren’t able to walk and bike to school due to poorly designed streets. In the western suburb of Batavia, a group of local advocates made it a mission to change this.

Help plan a safer North Ave. in Chicago’s western suburbs

Across much of Chicago and through its western suburbs, North Ave. is one of those dreaded major arterial roads.

The state-owned, super-sized street is designed to move as many cars as possible as quickly as possible, regardless of the impact on people walking, biking and riding transit.

Now we may have an opportunity to change that and make North Ave. safer for everyone.