West Suburbs

Batavia’s shared street now a treasured community space

If you’ve never seen or heard of a woonerf, the city of Batavia in the western suburbs has built a great example of one. It’s a European-style "shared street" that looks like a brick plaza that cars are allowed to drive on. It has no curbs, no sidewalks and is designed for people driving, people biking (the Fox River Trail that runs right through it), and people walking — all accommodated by designs that effectively slow cars down. 

Celebrating Bike to Work Week in the suburbs

The city of Chicago promotes bike culture through a celebratory week of biking once a year, but did you know various suburbs also celebrate Bike to Work Week, as well? 

Here are just a few of the efforts to encourage more biking in suburban communities during Bike to Work Week. 

 

LOMBARD

The Village of Lombard, which has participated in Bike to Work Week since 2005, uses a unique approach to get more of the village employees to ride their bikes or walk to work during the week. 

Kids on Wheels rolls through second year

Thanks to Active Trans' Kids on Wheels program, more kids in the region are learning to ride bikes safely and more schools are offering bike education. 

Kids on Wheels provides a “starter fleet” consisting of a fully enclosed mobile trailer containing 28 bikes, helmets, and all the needed accessories and training for a school district to provide a comprehensive bike education program. 

More Complete Streets coming to suburban Cook County

Leading health experts agree that there is a direct connection between our neighborhoods and our health. The ZIP codes in which we live can be as much of a predictor of a person's health and well-being as his or her DNA or individual behaviors. 

So how do we ensure that communities are healthy places for people to live?

Know of a dangerous crossing near a school?

We’ve recently had some parents and school officials share with us stories about unsafe streets near schools.

Unfortunately, the dangerous conditions they describe are all too common.  

No sidewalks. Fast moving traffic. Dangerous crossings. Sound familiar? 

For too many Illinois children, these are the unacceptable conditions they encounter every day while walking or biking to school.

Unsafe streets put our kids at risk of not only traumatic injuries, but a lack of physical activity and the associated dangers, such as obesity and chronic disease.

Make an impact on your suburban elections

As voters in Chicago prepare to vote in runoff elections on April 7 for mayor and 19 city council seats, suburban voters will go to the polls that same day to elect leaders with the potential to shape the future of biking, walking and public transit in the suburbs.

Based on input from our members and supporters throughout the region, we have released our 2015 Suburban Active Transportation Platform.

Crain's op-ed: Rauner's budget to run transit off the rails

Our Executive Director Ron Burke has a strong op-ed in today's Crain's Chicago Business about Governor Rauner's proposed transit cuts:

"With more Chicagoans of all ages choosing to ride transit every year, we should be investing more to build a transit system that better serves our neighborhoods and connects people to job centers in the city and suburbs, rather than slashing funding for an already underfunded system."

Say NO to transit cuts

On Wednesday Gov. Rauner unveiled a budget proposal that would further damage the Chicago region’s already underfunded transit system, while bolstering the road fund statewide.

Now you have a chance to fight back and show your support for public transit.

Chicago candidates on active transportation voter guide

With election day three weeks away, we’ve released our 2015 Active Transportation Voter Guide so Chicago voters can learn about the views of candidates in their ward on walking, biking and public transit issues.

The voter guide is composed of responses from mayoral and aldermanic candidates to a questionnaire we sent to all candidates.

Elk Grove Village Bike Plan share your thoughts

People biking in Elk Grove Village have long enjoyed riding in Busse Woods through meadows and woodland. Getting to Busse Woods by bike -- as well to other destinations in the village -- however, has been challenging.