South Suburbs

New effort aims to improve biking & walking in suburbs

In most suburban communities, getting around on a bicycle and on foot is often difficult and sometimes treacherous. As a result, many people who would like to bike and walk more often tend to avoid doing so.  

The good news is that we can change this.

1st grade transportation advocates of Summit

First graders from Graves Elementary School in the Village of Summit are on a mission to improve their community and their walk to school.

Hundreds of kids in this southwest suburb walk to school every day. While the young students enjoy their commute, they also encounter barriers that need improvement.

Despite progress, biking options limited in suburbs

People who bike in Chicago's suburbs know that the vast majority of suburban towns don't feel safe or welcoming for people on two wheels. 

Super-sized streets with relentless traffic make people feel boxed in and cut off while biking. And this is especially true if you’re someone with minimal cycling experience. 

Thankfully, there are exceptions — suburbs that are starting to make progress in building biking infrastructure.

Two biking and walking developments in South Chicagoland

A new 14-mile multi-use trail is under development along Sauk Trail in the South Suburbs. The Sauk Trail Preservation Path will run through Lynwood, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Richton Park and Steger.

All six municipalities are working with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Active Trans to create a plan for trail development. Initial discussions about the trail include planning for improved road crossings and connectivity between neighborhoods.

See our suburban pop-up events in action

Last summer and fall, Active Trans partnered up with a handful of suburban Cook County municipalities to host pop-up complete streets events.

The events used everyday materials, such as duct tape, tar paper, plants and house paint to create temporary complete streets facilities – crosswalks, bicycle lanes, roundabouts and other features to slow down vehicle traffic and improve safety for people walking and bicycling.

14-year-old killed on the day she was to receive an award

Like her fellow eighth graders on the cusp of graduation, Kaylah Lentine was looking forward to her first formal dance, a class field trip to Great America and moving on to high school. But tragically, all of those plans were cut short when the 14-year-old student from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School was struck and killed by the driver of a pick-up truck.

Suburban candidate voter guide

Suburban elections are right around the corner on April 4. Do you know where candidates in your community stand on biking, walking and transit issues? 

Active Trans contacted candidates for mayor and village president from municipalities across the region with a request to complete our Suburban Municipal Candidate Questionnaire.

In your community: local updates from around the region

Looking for the latest news on biking, walking and transit issues in your community? Look no further!

Below you can check out some highlights from our latest local e-newsletters. Our local e-newsletters offer a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in six Chicagoland regions.

A look at Pace’s express service

By the end of 2017, Pace is expecting to launch a new program that will allow its buses to use the shoulder of I-90 between the Northwest Suburbs of Rosemont and Elgin.

By 2040, this stretch of I-90 is expected to have as many jobs as Chicago’s Loop, so it is critical to expand access to public transit and jobs in the region.