Bike Week grants inspire events around the city

Active Trans was thrilled to be able to offer financial support to bring Bike Week into additional communities throughout Chicago this year. 

Thanks to financial support from Google, Active Trans provided four grants to community groups so that they could host Bike Week encouragement and educational events.

Have fun. Enjoy the ride.

Chicago’s biggest cycling event is back and better than ever for its seventeenth year!

This year, MB Bike the Drive will be held on Sunday, May 27. Enjoy nearly 5 hours of car-free riding on the city’s scenic Lake Shore Drive, which will be closed to all auto traffic for the event. A post-ride festival including live music, giveaways and breakfast (pancakes, anyone?) will take place from 8 a.m. to Noon in Butler Field. 

Small group rides offered this summer

Do you love scenic bike rides but wish you could stop to learn more about the hidden gems Chicagoland has to offer?

New for summer 2018, Active Trans brings you Pedal Chicagoland, our small group ride series!

We will take you through some of Chicagoland’s most treasured spots via bike at a casual, no-drop pace.

These one-of-a-kind experiences are open to cyclists of all skill levels. Check out the available group rides below: 


 Visit some of Chicago’s most interesting and spectacular water fountains

Trail Connect Chicagoland kicks off

Active Transportation Alliance is undertaking a new, broad-reaching advocacy campaign called Trail Connect Chicagoland to mobilize our members and supporters around our vision for a seamlessly connected regional trail network.

As one of the first steps in this new campaign, Active Trans recently convened grassroots advocates, allied organizations, local bike clubs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies to kick off a new regional coalition focused on trail advocacy.

Celebrating sustainable transportation in Chicagoland

Each year, the Active Transportation Alliance honors local nonprofits, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated strong support for healthier, cleaner transportation options throughout the region.

It's our chance to recognize all the great work that happens around active transportation in Chicagoland. 

A sincere thanks to the 200 or so people who came to enjoy food and drinks at Chicago’s technology incubator, 1871, for this year's event, held on March 7.

Active Trans to award legal firm at event

It’s not easy for nonprofits to navigate the complex maze of local, state and federal laws that govern their organizations without the help of attorneys. And those legal services can get pricey for grassroots nonprofits with limited resources. Luckily, that’s something Active Transportation Alliance doesn’t have to worry about. 

Expedia to be honored at 2018 Awards Reception

Chicago is still entrenched in the grip of winter. But Todd Scales is already thinking about the summer. The director of technology of the Android team at Egencia, which is an Expedia company, is hard at work planning bicycling activities and events that he hopes will not only strengthen the bicycling culture at Expedia, but also get employees pumped about the Bike Commuter Challenge, Active Transportation Alliance’s annual biking competition in June.

Giving Tuesday


Give now to support better biking, walking and public transit options in Chicagoland

Year after year, we’re at the forefront of the fight to keep pedestrians safe, make Chicago a world-class city for cyclists and improve transit service for everyone in the region.   

Hyde Park residents to address mobility problems

On a recent Saturday morning, residents of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and members of the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference gathered to discuss making it easier to get around in the neighborhood. Active Trans was there to facilitate the meeting and provide some background on transportation planning, rules of the road and priority setting.