Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:23
Chicago’s biggest cycling event is back and better than ever for its seventeenth year!
This year, MB Bike the Drive will be held on Sunday, May 27. Enjoy nearly 5 hours of car-free riding on the city’s scenic Lake Shore Drive, which will be closed to all auto traffic for the event. A post-ride festival including live music, giveaways and breakfast (pancakes, anyone?) will take place from 8 a.m. to Noon in Butler Field.
Submitted by Clare McDermott on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 13:00
Do you love scenic bike rides but wish you could stop to learn more about the hidden gems Chicagoland has to offer?
New for summer 2018, Active Trans brings you Pedal Chicagoland, our small group ride series!
We will take you through some of Chicagoland’s most treasured spots via bike at a casual, no-drop pace.
These one-of-a-kind experiences are open to cyclists of all skill levels. Check out the available group rides below:
Visit some of Chicago’s most interesting and spectacular water fountains
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:30
Illinois crash data shows nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.
Yet Illinois’ School Code requires automobile safety education, but there isn’t a requirement that education includes instruction on how to bike and walk safely. Active Trans is working with our allies across the state to change that.
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:34
Advancing a continuous Chicago River Trail that improves the quality of life for all city residents is not an easy task.
The river spans nine aldermanic districts; usage varies from recreational to heavily industrial in stretches; and the quality of access points varies greatly.
Submitted by Ron Burke on Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:50
Submitted by Steve Simmons on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:07
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:56
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.
Submitted by Kyle Whitehead on Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:49
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.
Submitted by Matt Gomez on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:02
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.
Submitted by Maggie Melin on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:28
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.