Planning

Engagement leads to school biking and walking success

This blog post is part of a series chronicling our work with Healthy CPS. Read more about the project here.

An important part of the Healthy CPS Safe Routes to School project is developing school-specific recommendations to increase the number of kids walking and biking to school.

Since parents are among the best people to identify obstacles to walking and biking to school, parent engagement was essential to making this project successful.

Join us at Public Meeting on Clybourn Protected Bike Lane

UPDATE: Check out our Clybourn Complete Street Project factsheet for background information and options for improving the street.

Bloomingdale Trail rolls ahead while looking back

We’re getting more and more excited about the Bloomingdale Trail, especially with the recent announcement that the Trust for Public Land has acquired land for a sixth neighborhood park connected to the trail.

The more than four-acre park will be located at the current site of the Magid Glove factory (1800 N. Ridgeway Ave.), adjacent to the Bloomingdale Trail’s western trailhead.

Planning & Consulting

Every community can benefit from a friendly, safe bicycling and walking environment. At the Active Transportation Alliance, that’s a core belief.

Arlington Heights plans for easier rides around town

The village of Arlington Heights recently launched a plan that will make cyling to everyday destinations safer and easier.

Lead by the village's Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, this is a third-generation bike plan, updating versions from 1988 and 1996.

Let’s rebuild Lake Shore Drive the right way

Strong turnout at last week’s open house on the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive shows Chicagoans are committed to a bold vision for the project that serves the needs of everyone who uses our lakefront.

More than 330 people – including several Active Trans supporters – attended the meeting last Tuesday at the Drake Hotel, sparking lots of dialogue about how to make our lakefront more safe, convenient and accessible.

New CDOT campaign aims to make Chicago safer for pedestrians

Three thousand pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles in Chicago annually, resulting in around 30 deaths a year. Seven to eight Chicago pedestrians suffer a traffic-related injury every day.

These are the grim statistics that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hoping to change with a new pedestrian safety campaign. The new campaign is part of CDOT’s “Zero in Ten” goal, a plan to eliminate all pedestrian fatalities in the city within 10 years.

The next phase of Chicago’s bike lane revolution

Back in 2010-11 when Active Trans asked Chicago mayoral candidates to support a 100-mile network of protected bike lanes by 2015, many scoffed. That may fly in Europe, we were told, but this is Chicago. Cars are king and cyclists are lucky to get a white stripe between themselves and cars.

But Mayor Rahm Emanuel loved the idea and so did his Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner, Gabe Klein. Within 30 days of Emanuel’s inauguration, the city’s first protected bike lane was installed on Kinzie St.

Lake St. protected bike lane can be successful

A recent Tribune story about Chicago bike lanes zeroed in on problems with the advanced bike lane on Lake St., which currently runs from Damen to Central Park and is scheduled for an extension to Austin Blvd.

I ride this corridor a lot to and from Oak Park where I live, and I often avoid the Lake St. lane because the glass and debris problem is so prodigious.

Let's restore equity to commuter benefit

Six members of Congress from the Chicago region recently urged Congressional leadership to restore equity to the widely popular commuter benefit that currently favors drivers over those who ride public transit to work in Chicago and across the country.