The newsletter of the Active Transportation Alliance

modeshift volume 4, issue 3


Active Trans suburban roundup

Here are some of the exciting events and activities happening in the Chicago suburbs.

West suburbs

DuPagers make a good showing at Active Trans Social
More than 25 bicycling and walking enthusiasts got together in Wheaton on September 22 to mingle with one another and meet Dan Thomas, new trails coordinator for DuPage County.

Lively discussion ensued, focusing on the local needs for bicycle facilities and education efforts. Participants were especially enthusiastic with the sneak preview of Wheaton’s new bicycle plan. The evening concluded with door prizes donated by Alta Planning + Design and Midwest Cyclery.

Suburban communities recommended for regional grants
Active Trans helped the Village of Downers Grove get a thumbs up from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for receiving an $80,000 grant for a Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan.

Also in the Western Suburbs, Active Trans will be partnering with Trans Systems on a project to improve sidewalks and transit stops in the City of Elgin. The project was recommended by CMAP for funding of $100,000.

West Suburban Cook communities plan for active transportation
Berwyn, Forest Park and Countryside are among a handful of communities in Cook County to receive federal grant funding for obesity prevention under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program. Active Trans has been working with these communities to develop plans and policies to make biking, walking and transit use easier and safer for residents.

Berwyn city staff are currently perusing a draft of an active transportation plan and complete streets policy for city.

The active transportation plan for Forest Park is also under review by the village (Forest Park adopted a complete streets policy at the end of August—hooray for Forest Park!). And you can expect to see more students getting active on their way to school in both Berwyn and Forest Park, Both of these communities are currently wrapping up their school travel plans.

The Village of Countryside, determined not to be left out, just formed a steering committee to guide the development of its active transportation plan.

South suburbs

Bridges & Blues: I-beam trusses and six steel strings
Bridges & Blues, a benefit fundraiser on November 5 for the 32-mile Cal-Sag Trail, invites you to celebrate a heritage forged in the furnaces that built Chicago and laid down the riffs that built rock & roll. Featuring Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials, the evening offers dinner, open bar, silent auction, and dancing until 11:30 p.m. Plus you can win free tickets in the Bridges & Blues Cal-Sag Trail Blues Contest. Buy tickets on-line. Questions? Contact or call 708.365.9365.

North suburbs

Safe school routes for Des Plaines District 62 and East Maine School District 63
Pretty soon, it will be safer, more convenient and more fun for kids to walk and bike to school who live in Des Plaines School District District 62 and East Maine School District 63. That’s because Active Trans is working with the school communities to develop school travel plans.

To help guide the work, stakeholders have been assembled and steering committees have been formed. This month, two workshops are being held to gather input and educate parents and the broader community about safe routes to schools.

Village of Mount Prospect puts bike plan on the table
At the end of September, Active Trans presented the Mount Prospect Bicycle Plan to the Mount Prospect Village Board. The board will vote on adoption at a future meeting. Many thanks go to the members of the Mount Prospect Bicycle Club and other residents who appeared at the meeting to speak on behalf of the plan.

Car Free Day in Evanston and Skokie
On Sept. 22, Active Trans partnered with RTA, Pace, Metra, CTA and communities around the region for Chicagoland Car-free Day. The event is part of World Car-free Day, the day when people around the world pledge to go sans auto. Evanston and Skokie launched extensive campaigns to celebrate this day and encourage their residents to take the Chicagoland Car- Free Day Pledge. Active Trans worked with an Evanston environmental group and connected with hundreds of commuters at the Davis Street Metra stop during the morning commuter rush.

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