Advocacy

New Chicago Snow Removal Ordinance taking effect

Chicago’s first snowstorm over the weekend made it abundantly clear: winter has arrived.

With winter's arrival also comes the need for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Whether you live in Chicago or local suburban communities, being a good neighbor means having good shoveling habits. 

How do you like our new website?

Nearly two years ago, we decided the Active Trans website needed help.

In web years, our site was old as dirt.

At first we weren’t sure how much intervention was needed: Did it need just a weekend at the spa or did it need serious medical attention?

After getting feedback from staff, board members, supporters and event participants, we performed a thorough evaluation on what was working and what wasn’t on the site.

That’s when we decided that major surgery was the only option.

CEOs urge gubernatorial candidates to fund biking & walking

Business leaders from across the Chicago region are urging the next Illinois Governor to spend a “fair share” of state transportation dollars for a new, dedicated Bike Walk Fund.

Active Trans joins Chicago's New Mobility Task Force

As executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, I am excited to join Chicago’s New Mobility Task Force, which meets for the first time Oct. 25.

Cities are poised to become more livable and equitable by making it easier and cheaper to get around with fewer cars on our streets, and new mobility options have the potential to accelerate this change.

Community leaders support Illinois Bike Walk Fund

Leaders from neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region agree that more state transportation dollars should be spent on biking and walking projects.

New regional plan has mobility vision but lacks funding, political will

Chicagoland’s new regional plan, called “ON TO 2050,” has plenty of good ideas on paper to tackle the problem of too many cars and traffic crashes, but it lacks the mechanisms, funding and leadership to actually implement a new mobility future and move away from the car-centric status quo.

The plan was prepared and approved by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), which is run by a collection of committees comprised of representatives of local, state, regional and federal governments.

Illinois celebrates Walk to School Day with new biking and walking education requirement

School districts across Illinois are working to meet a new requirement to teach biking and walking safety while celebrating national Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10.

Suburban advocacy summit on October 27

Do you want better walking, biking and transit options in your community?

For people who walk, bike or ride transit in the suburbs, our transportation system is often neither safe nor welcoming.

Bartlett advocate petitions for trail connection

Longtime bicycling advocate Terry Witt is leading the charge to fill in a significant regional trail gap through the Village of Bartlett.

Don’t believe the hype about distracted walking

Despite endless media coverage about the dangers of distracted walking, a new analysis shows only a small fraction of the pedestrians struck by cars in Illinois were using a cell phone. 

From 2013 to 2016 in Illinois, less than 2 percent of pedestrians hit by cars were using cell phones at the time of the crash.

Let’s stop blaming victims and focus on the real problem.