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DID YOU KNOW?

The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

 

 

1985   

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is born.

 

1986  

Volunteer-written “Safe Bicycling in Chicago” pamphlet attracts the attention of the Chicago Department of Transportation, which results in the first contract with the Chicago Department of Transportation. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation goes on to win multiple consulting contracts, including projects related to bike parking and pedestrian safety.

 
1989   

The first Boulevard Lakefront Tour debuts and generates a new stream of revenue for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.


1991    

The first edition of Chicago’s Bike Map is produced completely by Chicagoland Bicycle Federation volunteers.

 

1992   

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation volunteers collect information about best routes in the region and submit it for publication in the Chicagoland Bicycle Map.

 

1992   

With an eye toward increasing the number of trips made by bicycle, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley unveils the Bike 2000 Plan, which is drafted by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and the newly created Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council. For the subsequent Bike 2015 Plan, the city turns again to Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and hires it as a consultant.

 

1993   

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation’s Bicycle Commuter Challenge encourages employees to try cardio-commuting for one week in June.

 

1993 

The City of Chicago installs the first striped bike lane on Wells Street. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation applauds the effort.

 

1994   

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation member count: 1,956.

 

1994    

The map’s second edition benefits from professional cartography.

 

1997    

Chicago has installed 4,250 bike racks thanks to more than $1.5 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds.

 

1999    

Boub v. Wayne galvanizes the bicycle community to reverse a decision that creates liability concerns for governments wanting to build bicycle facilities. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation membership gets a big bump.

  

2001    

The City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation takes on the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation’s Bicycle Ambassador program. Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassadors educate thousands of people who drive and bike each year.

 

2001  

The first Bike the Drive, organized and produced by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, opens up Lake Shore Drive for bicyclists.

 

2003   

Evanston's bicycle plan is the first instance of bike lanes planned for a suburb.

           

2004   

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation member count: 5,112.

           

2004    

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation’s Healthy Streets Campaign adds pedestrian planning into the mix of its advocacy work. Programs include Drive With Care, Go Healthy, Homezones, Safe Routes to School and Sunday Parkways.

 

2005    

The South Suburbs get a proposal and a sponsor for a Safe Routes to School program. The success of this homegrown program generates enthusiasm for a national Safe Routes to School Program.

 

2005    

The League of American Bicyclists designates Chicago and Schaumburg as Bicycle Friendly Communities.

 

2005    

Bikes on Metra graduates from one train per week to its current daily off-peak accommodation.

 

2007    

On the heels of a Chicago Ordinance, the Illinois General Assembly passes a Complete Streets law.

 

2008    

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation officially expands its mission to include pedestrian and transit advocacy. As a result, it changes its name to the Active Transportation Alliance.

The first Open Streets events in Chicago open up historic boulevards to non-motorized traffic. Active Trans goes on to organize more Open Streets events in Chicago in 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

Partnered with other organizations to pass the 3-foot passing law in Illinois.


2010    

Thanks to pressure from Active Trans, Mayor Rahm Emanuel agrees to build 100 miles of protected bike lanes during his first term in office. 

Launched Crash Support Hotline to help pedestrian and bicycle crash survivors. 

Passed Must Stop for Pedestrians state law. 

 

2011   

Active Trans guides public process for Chicago’s Streets for Cycling 2020 plan, which lays out the vision for expanding bicycling throughout the city in the coming decade.  

Active Trans delves deeper into the world of bike planning by producing or assisting with nearly 30 bike plans in suburban communities or regional corridors.

 

2012   

Successfully demanded that IDOT track dooring crashes

Mobilized more than 5,000 transit riders to push for better and faster transit

Secured 2,500 people to sign our petition in support of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Ashland Ave and throughout Chicago

 

2013     

Updated, improved and performed a major overhaul of the Chicagoland Bike Map

The new protected bike lane on Dearborn Street is named the best in the nation by People for Bikes.

Large-scale bike sharing comes to Chicago, thanks in part to advocacy from Active Trans. Divvy starts off with 300 stations hosting 3,000 bicycles.

 

2014

Chicago is ranked as the second most bike friendly city in the nation by the editors of Bicycling Magazine.