Transit 4 All campaigns for equity, accessibility, and improved service for Chicago transit riders

Chicago has one of the largest transit systems in the United States, but despite its size, it has many flaws and challenges that prevent it from serving all Chicagoans equally and equitably. Transit 4 All seeks to change that by expanding and improving public transit while making it safer, more equitable, and more affordable.  Launched […]

Elevated Chicago catalyzes equitable development around the city’s transit stations

For much of its history, Chicago was a public transit-friendly town. The first horse-drawn streetcars appeared on State Street in 1859, and by the turn of the century the city had developed complex networks of trains and cable cars. But things changed with the rapid suburban expansion and the popularization of privately owned vehicles in […]

Chicago Family Biking makes biking fun and safer for all ages

Chicago Family Biking is a grassroots coalition of parents, educators, and community organizers who love biking. The group started in 2015 as an online forum and soon began hosting Chicago’s Kidical Mass rides, where families could come and connect with each other while biking through their neighborhoods. Their growth accelerated during the pandemic as more […]

Transportation Series

A content series sponsored by The Darrell R. Windle Charitable Fund and Polo Inn.

Chicago’s Black riders

There’s a vibrant Black-led cycling scene on the south and west sides that often rolls under the radar For part three of the Reader’s series talking with local sustainable transportation advocates, we checked in with a few of the Black-led bike clubs and organizations that are part of the active group-ride scene on Chicago’s south […]

Gaining momentum: the Active Transportation Alliance discusses its campaigns to fight car-dependency

Over the next six issues of the Chicago Reader, we’ll be talking with local sustainable transportation organizations that are working to make the Chicago area a safer, more just, more efficient, and more fun place to get around on foot, bike, transit, and other green modes. We’re starting with the Active Transportation Alliance. Founded in […]