Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.
What is Bike Walk Every Town?
Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and easy-to-use public transportation: These are not pipe dreams, but attainable goals that will make our region cleaner, healthier and more livable.
Join Bike Walk Every Town, the Active Transportation Alliance’s new suburban advocacy program. The program will help you develop the skills and access the resources needed to strengthen biking and walking in your community.
Participating in Bike Walk Every Town will give you:
How to get involved
>> Watch our online advocacy training video to get started building a campaign
Bike Walk Every Town kicked-off with four in-person advocacy summits and one online summit which gathered over 100 advocates from 63 cities and villages from across the region. This training video (40 minutes) was recorded as part of the online summit to give you the same tools to build a campaign to improve biking and walking in your community.
>> Participate in the webinar series
Our monthly webinar series is designed to help advocates dig deeper into bicycle and pedestrian policy ideas and introduce tips and tools for outreach and campaign building. The program will include guest speakers and experts from around the region. Topics and registration links will be updated below on an ongoing basis:
May 30, 2018: Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) panel discussion (registration link)
>> Commit to carrying out your campaign
Bike Walk Every Town is open to anyone interested in developing a campaign to improve biking and walking in their community. Here's how you can get started:
For those interested, Active Trans will send you a Bike Walk Every Town logo (customized for your community) which you are welcome to use as part of your campaign.
>> Connect with other local advocates
Join one of our our regional Google Group email lists to exchange ideas and share resources, and attend one of our regional meet-ups to connect with other advocates in-person. Email Maggie@activetrans.org for more information.
Recent regional meet-ups included our 2018 spring Bike Walk Socials in Itasca, Flossmoor, Glen Ellyn and Wilmette. Stay tuned for information about future meet-ups and summits. .
>> Bike Walk Every Town Mini-Grant
Thank you to every one who submitted their application to our mini-grant program. We will announce winning applications here later this summer.
Campaign Building Worksheets
Policy Assessment FAQ (pdf)
Bike Walk Every Town Training Video (youtube)
Campaign Building Tip Sheets
How to Write a Petition (pdf)
Suburban Election Advocacy
Existing Suburban Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs
Resource Bank (pdf)
In the News
Group advocates for safer bicycle, pedestrian transportation routes (Daily Southtown)
Stories from the Suburbs
This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, 5 U48 DP 005010, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.