Chicago North Side

Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council updates

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) chairs the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC), which meets quarterly at city hall, and is open to the public for anyone to attend.

The meetings are a great way to stay informed about CDOT projects and hear about initiatives and improvements to infrastructure around the city. 

Chicago River Trail will improve mental health

Have you ever wondered why you felt better after spending time in nature or exercising by water? You experienced this because research shows these activities improve mood, cognitive functioning and self-esteem.

That is just one of the reasons why creating more green space like trails in urban areas is critical.

Over 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities and that number will rise to 70 percent in the next twenty years.

At the same time, city residents are more likely to have an anxiety and mood disorder than those in rural areas.

How to influence infrastructure spending in your ward

Do you have ideas for improving walking or biking in your neighborhood?

If your ward hosts a partcipatory budgeting process, you might have an opportunity to put your idea up for a vote.

All you have to do is snap a photo of the area you would like to improve and contact your alderman to propose the changes you would like to see.

September 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 September so you can better plan your walking, biking or running route.

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

Ride hailing is increasing congestion

Recent reports out of San Francisco and New York City find that ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber are contributing to increased traffic congestion and could be hurting transit ridership.

The San Francisco study found that ride-hailing vehicles travel approximately 570,000 miles within city limits on a typical weekday.

Ride for the Chicago River Trail on September 17

Join us Sunday, September 17 for a bike tour of the Chicago River's South Branch. We'll celebrate the Chicago River Trail campaign's first year and demonstrate our support for a continuous trail. 

Riders will meet at 10 a.m. at Federal Plaza (Adams/Dearborn) and head south for a 12-mile trip. Along the way, we'll discuss plans to improve the river and opportunities to add trail segments. 

The route includes stops at the river's south fork, La Villita Park and Eleanor Street Boathouse. The ride will conclude at noon in Ping Tom Park in Chinatown.

Dashed bike lanes are solid step for Milwaukee Ave.

In a victory for people who bike, new bike lanes are coming to Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

As part of a series of near-term improvements to the street, the Chicago Department of Transportation is beginning work to install advisory bike lanes, which will feature dashed lines to create space for people on bikes (see image). 

Vision Zero Chicago Summit postponed

After announcing our first Vision Zero Chicago Summit last week, Active Transportation Alliance heard from several community leaders who were concerned the event wouldn’t be inclusive.

While our intention was always to have a strong community presence at the event and include speakers from communities of color, we didn't communicate that with the initial invitation, and didn't connect with key leaders prior to releasing the date and draft agenda.

Chicago River Trail coalition launches as new trail opens

Last week, the effort to create a continuous Chicago River Trail took a couple of important steps forward.

The first step was the opening of the most recent North Branch Trail Extension, which brings the trail all the way south to West Foster Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side (see photo).

The second step was the launching the Chicago River Trail coalition, a group of allies that will work for more projects like the new south segment of the North Branch Trail.

We're delighted to see one of the busiest trails in the region getting longer.

Active Trans supports 606 housing ordinance

Last week, Active Trans joined a passionate rally held by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) to show our support for the 606 affordable housing ordinance.

The event began with residents giving testimonies at Humboldt Park United Methodist Church (pictured) and concluded with a powerful demonstration on the 606 trail.

As we promote trail projects, it has become clear that more affordable housing units are needed to ensure residents with low or fixed incomes are not displaced by increased property values.