Planning

CDOT, aldermen share plans for new greenways

Wood and Cortland Streets in Bucktown are slated to get big improvements for people walking and biking.

On May 25, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), along with 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, hosted a public meeting to solicit community input on a proposed neighborhood greenways for these two critical links in the local street network.

Six Corners makes its mark as Bike Friendly Business District

Last year, Active Transportation Alliance teamed up with Six Corners Association, Ald. John Arena and members of the Portage Park community to develop a vision for improving bicycle and pedestrian access to this historic commercial district.

This past weekend, Six Corners Association officially launched its Bike Friendly Business District initiative with the installation of two bike murals and two bike corrals, with help from 75 local community members.

San Francisco gets first BRT project off the ground

Like Chicago’s, San Francisco’s bus system for years has struggled to gain riders due to slow, unreliable service. As leaders in both cities have begun to invest in bus improvements, it’s helpful for Chicagoans to look at how San Francisco is attacking the problem.

Biking from Edgewater to Evanston to become safer

It looks like biking from Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood to Evanston will become safer with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)’s proposed Neighborhood Greenways plan.

At a recent meeting hosted by Ald. Joe Moore and CDOT, residents saw details of the proposal to add a bike route spanning more than two miles in the 49th Ward.

Help plan future of transportation in Will County

Will County wants your input on walking, biking and taking public transit.

Will County Division of Transportation will be shaping its Long Range Transportation Plan with a new survey and five open houses. This plan will set priorities for future transportation investments in the county. 

Highland Park committed to being bike-friendly for everyone

North suburban Highland Park is a city dedicated to building a better bike culture.  

Last year, the city partnered with Active Trans to become the first Family Friendly Bikeways community.

So with support from the Highland Park Bike-Walk Advisory Group, we spearheaded an effort to improve biking in the Highlands, a neighborhood where people need better biking options between schools, parks, trails and businesses. 

Making Chicago accessible for everyone

Grassroots transportation advocacy helped lay the groundwork for the landmark enactment of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), giving civil rights protections to people with disabilities.

Twenty-five years later in Chicago, all CTA buses and 69 percent of its train stations are accessible.

Transportation and public health: a growing alliance

Public demand for more walkable communities is arguably at its highest point in recent history.

Support from decision makers is catching fire, and the cross pollination between transportation planning and public health is starting to bear fruit.

Local Complete Streets efforts spotlighted at conference

All across the country, advocates are fighting one intersection or one street segment at a time to create safer options for people who bike, walk and take public transit. 

It’s vital, important work, but there is another way. 

A formalized “Complete Streets” strategy helps ensure that active transportation options are more systematically considered every time a municipality builds or repairs a street.

Surgeon general: we need walkable communities

Even though the U.S. Surgeon General has played a vital role in promoting national public health policy, very few people can name any of America’s top doctors. (A few words to jog your memory: C.Everett Koop; smoking; HIV/AIDS).