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Advocates inspire bicycling in Elk Grove Village

Seven years ago, Dave Simmons from Elk Grove Village decided to turn his passion for riding bikes into a non-profit with a mission to get more people on their bikes. Through Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove (FCEG), Dave is determined to see more people riding not only for recreation, but also for transportation – to school, to work, to the grocery store, and beyond.

Bike safety bills move forward in Springfield

Two bills that would strengthen education and awareness of the growing number of people bicycling in Illinois passed out of committee in Springfield on Tuesday.

One bill would add the Dutch Reach method to Illinois’ Rules of the Road manual and add bike safety questions to the state driver’s license exam.

The Dutch Reach method encourages drivers and passengers to use their far hand and reach across their body to open car doors after parallel parking, forcing people to look back for approaching cyclists and other traffic before exiting the car.

Trail Connect Chicagoland kicks off

Active Transportation Alliance is undertaking a new, broad-reaching advocacy campaign called Trail Connect Chicagoland to mobilize our members and supporters around our vision for a seamlessly connected regional trail network.

As one of the first steps in this new campaign, Active Trans recently convened grassroots advocates, allied organizations, local bike clubs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies to kick off a new regional coalition focused on trail advocacy.

Local advocates visit Capitol Hill

Active Trans Advocacy Manager Maggie Melin recaps her experience at the 2018 National Bike Summit.

The National Bike Summit, hosted by the League of American Bicyclists in Washington DC, is an annual gathering of bicycle advocates from across the country. For this year's event held in March, the contingent from Illinois included myself and six other advocates from Illinois representing Ride Illinois, Women Bike Chicago, and other groups from the city, suburbs and downstate. 

Lake Calumet champion Tom Shepherd

As a part of our work to improve biking and walking conditions in the Lake Calumet region, we are profiling leaders in the community who have been doing this work for many years. One such leader is Tom Shepherd, serving as president of the Pullman Civic Organization for three terms and president of the Southeast Environmental Task Force for five terms.

Coalition calls for dedicated lane for transit on NLSD

Last week 10 civic and business organizations signed a letter to the city and state calling for dedicated transit lanes on North Lake Shore Drive.

As outlined in the letter, dedicated lanes would boost bus speed and reliability and get more people riding transit.

Bus riders already account for more than 20 percent of users on Lake Shore Drive every day while taking up a fraction of the space that cars do.

Apply to bring Bike Week to your community!

Active Trans is offering mini-grants to support community-based events during Chicago Bike Week (June 21 – 29, 2018).

This funding opportunity will award 3 – 6 grants of $500 – $1,000 dollars each.

Applicants are encouraged to be creative since there are no limitations on the types of events that may be supported (i.e. community bike rides, educational workshops, bike repair demos). 

April events on the Lakefront Trail

The Active Transportation Alliance compiles a list of events happening each month along the Lakefront Trail. See what's going on in the month of April so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route. As we inch towards spring, the trail will be busy 

For regular updates about the Lakefront Trail, follow our Lakefront Trail Twitter page and the #chiLFT hashtag.

Free-floating car-sharing program should be welcomed in Chicago

The free-floating car-sharing pilot program passed by Chicago City Council could help residents who don’t own a car get around and encourage more people to live car-free or car-lite lifestyles.

Examining the Des Plaines River Trail

Active Transportation Alliance is embarking on a new advocacy project to mobilize local leaders and community members to push for improvements to the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) in central Cook County. 

The Des Plaines River Trail is one of the oldest and most popular bike and pedestrian trails in the region, extending from the heart of Cook County north to the Wisconsin border. While much of the trail provides a high-quality experience for people who use it, the southern end of the trail between Touhy Avenue and North Avenue has many connectivity and access problems.