About one-third of all work trips in Chicago are comprised of people biking, walking or riding public transit.
The North Suburbs include north suburban Cook County, as well as Lake and McHenry counties.
Get the latest updates on active transportation issues in the North Suburbs below and make sure to join our In Your Community: North Suburbs e-newsletter list. The e-newsletter comes out quarterly and offers a quick read on issues related to bicycling, walking and transit in your area.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the information provided on this page, please feel free to contact Maggie Melin at email@example.com or 312-216-0475.
Bike Walk Every Town
Our new suburban advocacy program, Bike Walk Every Town, is designed to mobilize and support grassroots supporters, like yourself, from across the region. We’d like to give you the tools you need to improve biking, walking and transit in your community.
We will host our free Bike Walk Every Town Summits in the North Shore on Sept. 23 and the northwest suburbs on Oct. 21 (food is included) to offer you in-person trainings and a chance to network with other champions in the region. Learn more about our new effort to improve biking and walking in the suburbs and register for the Summit for free.
Suburban Bikeways for All
At the end of June, Active Trans released our Suburban Bikeways for All report, which lays out our vision for biking in the suburbs and action steps on how to achieve it. The priorities in the report will lay the foundation for the new Bike Walk Every Town initiative. Check out the report: Despite progress, biking options limited in suburbs.
Evanston’s Bike Lanes
Construction is underway in Evanston as barrier protected bike lanes are being installed along Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue. The 1.9 mile stretch of road also includes refuge islands, curb extensions, designated bus pull-off areas and a reduced speed limit to 25 mph from 30 mph. Learn more about the protected bike lanes coming to Evanston.
Route 53 Extension
In May, the Illinois Tollway Authority voted to move forward with the next phase of studies for the proposed extension of Route 53 in Lake County. Active Trans issued a statement opposing the extension, citing the failure of other projects to reduce congestion while increasing the number of cars on our roadways. Active Trans is a member of Livable Lake County, a coalition of organizations and residents working to stop the proposed extension. Read more: Route 53 extension will only create more congestion.
Pace Pulse Dempster
Plans to bring bus rapid transit service to the Dempster Street corridor in the north suburbs continue to move forward. Active Trans recently attended the third meeting of the Corridor Advisory Group to discuss next steps in the project, including conducting environmental studies to position the project to receive federal funding.
You are invited to share your input about plans for the Pulse Dempster Line at two upcoming public open houses held on Sept. 12 at the Des Plaines Public Library, 5 to 7 pm, and Sept. 19 at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston, 5 to 7 pm. Read more from Pace.
Pop-up Complete Streets Projects
Bike lanes made from duct tape? Curb extensions made of flowers? In case you missed it, please enjoy these videos of our pop-up complete streets projects in Midlothian, Richton Park, Skokie, South Chicago Heights and Willow Springs. The videos showcase five temporary street treatments that provided community members with a tangible visualization of how walking, bicycling and public transit facilities can create safer, more engaging streets. Watch the pop-up complete streets project videos.
Skokie Valley Trail extension underway
Gaps in the Skokie Valley Trail have long been a frustration of people who bike and walk in the North Suburbs. The multi-use path is envisioned to eventually run from Wisconsin to Chicago, but lack of funding has left the trail segmented. Fans of the trail will rejoice to learn that conversations around bridging the gap and extending the trail are currently underway. Two major developments are being discussed. One is the proposal to build a biking and walking bridge over the busy and congested Lake Cook Road. The other is an extension of the trail from Lake Cook Road to Voltz Road through Northbrook.
Deerfield Road gets an upgrade
Do you use Deerfield Road and have thoughts about how it could be safer and more appealing to people who walk and bike? Now is your chance to help make those ideas a reality. The Lake County Division of Transportation is conducting a study of Deerfield Road from Milwaukee Avenue to Saunders/Riverwoods Road, a distance of approximately two miles. The purpose of the study is to investigate capacity, safety, drainage, non-motorized travel deficiencies and to accommodate future travel demand. This is a huge opportunity to improve off-road trail facilities and increase bike and pedestrian connectivity. Active Trans board member, Elliot Rossen, represents Active Trans in the Phase I Deerfield Road Stakeholder Involvement Group.
Local Community Resources
North/Northwest Suburban Active Transportation Council: Nancy@activetrans.org
Wilmette Active Transportation Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email suggestions for additional local community resources to Jim@activetrans.org.