Advocacy

Pullman National Monument a catalyst for the far South Side

When it comes to national parks, bike lanes and bus stops can be just as important as hiking trails and hilltop lookouts.

 

Navy Pier Flyover shouldn’t be delayed any further

The final phase of one of the most anticipated biking and walking projects in the Chicago region will be delayed until 2019.

Mary Wisniewski of the Chicago Tribune reported this week that the Navy Pier Flyover – which will allow people biking and walking on the Lakefront Trail to bypass congestion around the popular tourist destination – will not be completed as scheduled in 2018.

312 RiverRun advances Chicago River Trail

Biking, walking and jogging enthusiasts enjoyed a big victory yesterday when the city announced a new trail, the 312 RiverRun, and broke ground on what will be the breathtaking Riverview Bridge (pictured).

The "3-1-2" RiverRun trail will connect three city parks via one bicycle and pedestrian path for two miles.

It'll be great for city residents to have safe and easy access to the green spaces of Clark, California, and Horner Parks, all lining the river.

Chicago Critical Mass marks 20 years

When Chicago’s Critical Mass started 20 years ago, cycling in Chicago was a different experience. 

There were few bike lanes, not nearly as many riders and rare opportunities for riders to get together and meet. 

Active Trans, then known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, was 10 years old and knee-deep in the effort to bring more than 4,000 bike parking racks to Chicago. 

For those who haven’t experienced a Critical Mass ride, think of it as a rolling celebration open to anyone on a bike. 

River Edge Ideas Lab moves Chicago River Trail forward

Coming up with creative ways to add trail segments along highly developed areas and ensuring that neighborhood residents are involved in the process of planning new trails are top priorities of Active Trans' campaign for a continuous Chicago River Trail.

One area that presents opportunities and challenges is the 1.75-mile stretch from Lake Street in the Loop to the Amtrak vertical lift bridge in Chinatown.

Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council updates

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public for anyone to attend.

The meetings are a great way to stay informed about CDOT projects and hear about initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city. 

Chicago River Trail will improve mental health

Have you ever wondered why you felt better after spending time in nature or exercising by water? You experienced this because research shows these activities improve mood, cognitive functioning and self-esteem.

That is just one of the reasons why creating more green space like trails in urban areas is critical.

Over 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities and that number will rise to 70 percent in the next twenty years.

At the same time, city residents are more likely to have an anxiety and mood disorder than those in rural areas.

How to influence infrastructure spending in your ward

Do you have ideas for improving walking or biking in your neighborhood?

If your ward hosts a participatory budgeting process, you might have an opportunity to put your idea up for a vote.

All you have to do is snap a photo of the area you would like to improve and contact your alderman to propose the changes you would like to see.

State cuts to transit leads to Metra, Pace fare hikes

With state legislators again cutting funding for public transit in a recent budget agreement, both Metra and Pace plan to increase fares in 2018.

Metra also plans a limited amount of service cuts, with details still to come.

Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter said at the agency’s September board meeting that neither fare hikes nor service cuts are currently on the table for 2018.

New tool analyzes dangerous driving near Chicagoland schools

A new study uses data from mobile phones to analyze dangerous driving behavior near U.S. schools, including every school in the Chicago region.

The study measures phone use, rapid acceleration and hard braking in real-time so parents, community leaders and elected officials can identify major traffic safety problems near schools. 

It was conducted by Zendrive, a mobile driver analytics platform that’s incorporated into apps used by more than 3.8 million people driving across the U.S.