Advocacy

Pushing for better walking & biking near Lake Calumet

As new park and cultural developments continue to come to fruition in the Lake Calumet region on Chicago’s Far South Side, Active Trans has been working closely with grassroots leaders, local officials and partner organizations to push forward improved pedestrian, bicycle and public transit connections in the area.

From Steelworkers Park to the Pullman National Monument, the Park at Big Marsh and beyond, there are an incredible array of existing and planned cultural and open space destinations on Chicago’s Far South Side.

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.

NW Side residents eye biking, walking improvements

Over thirty people recently attended a community forum on biking, walking and transit conditions on the Northwest side of Chicago at Cosmic Bikes in Jefferson Park. Representatives of the North Branch Trail Alliance, the North River Commission and local residents were all in attendance. 

Mobilizing suburban advocates

The time has come for suburban Chicago communities to boost their game when it comes to improving walkability, bikeability and transit.

In pursuit of these goals, 65 advocates from 44 villages and cities around Chicagoland recently joined Active Trans for our inaugural Bike Walk Every Town suburban advocacy summits.

Proposed distracted walking ordinance misses real problem

The distracted walking ordinance proposed by Ald. Burke and Beale at Wednesday’s City Council meeting misdiagnoses the problem contributing to traffic deaths involving people walking.

Leaders from West and South Sides discuss safety

In our conversations this fall with community leaders from Vision Zero high crash areas on the West and South Sides of Chicago, the leaders consistently called for more infrastructure investment in their neighborhoods.

New report calls for city action to reverse bus ridership declines

A healthy and growing bus system is critical to building a more sustainable transportation network in Chicago. 
Back on the Bus, a new report from the Active Transportation Alliance, analyzes the recent drop in Chicago bus ridership and outlines low-cost ways to improve service and increase bus ridership.

Illinois has work to do to be more bicycle friendly

A new report finds Illinois has a solid foundation in place to become one of the most bicycle friendly states in the nation, but we’re missing opportunities to improve.

The League of American Bicyclists ranks Illinois 16th in the country and third in the Midwest for biking and walking.

Lakefront Trail users need protection from LSD traffic

As the Lakefront Trail separation project moves forward, it’s become clear the city should add guard rails to sections of the bike trail that run close to car traffic on Lake Shore Drive.

For the past several weeks we have heard from a handful of members and supporters concerned about the proximity of the newly separated trail and the busy lakefront highway. They noted some segments of the bike trail near 47th street are within several feet of cars travelling at 40 miles per hour or more.

Move prompts stroll down memory lane

After 12 years at 9 W. Hubbard, Active Trans is moving. Starting Monday, Oct. 23, our new outpost is on the 17th floor of 35 E. Wacker in downtown Chicago. 

Moving a 32-year-old nonprofit organization has been no easy task. Choosing what needs to be packed, what needs to be recycled and what needs to be donated -- and boxing everything up has taken several weeks to complete.