State Street Going Car-Free for Open Streets Oct. 1

by crandell | 09/06/2011

What happens when people are freed from the confines of cars and crowded sidewalks and invited to take over the street? You can find out October 1 at Open Streets on State Street!

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), will transform a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, into the ultimate urban playground for all ages, Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why the New South Shore Line Tourism Initiative Falls Short

by studenkov | 06/03/2011


A couple of weeks ago, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, the public agency that runs the South Shore Line, announced that it will be launching a new website that would promote the line to off-peak riders.

The South Shore Line is a century-old rail service that runs (roughly) along Lake Michigan between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. It is something of an oddity in Midwestern public transit - it provides regular commuter-style service beyond Chicago commuter suburbs, extending into villages and cities that are separated  by miles of woods and cornfields. Another thing that makes it peculiar is that it's electrically powered - something that's common on the East Coast but relatively rare in the Chicago area.

CTA's Least Walkable Train Stations

by crandell | 02/05/2011


Chicago has an incredible train system with 144 stations providing access to many great walkable neighborhoods, and that's not even counting Metra stations. The combination of walking to transit is what allows city residents to be less dependent on their cars. But there are also stations in not-so-walkable areas, surrounded by freeways, vacant lots or suburban-style development. I took a look at the Carfree Chicago Train Stop Guide to find the CTA's ten least walkable stations. The Train Stop Guide lists Walk Scores for each train station, which gives a sense of whether the station has lots of people and activity within convenient walking distance. Below are the least walkable stations listed with Walk Scores.

Bike the Drive Is Just Over a Week Away!

by crandell | 05/20/2011


Next Sunday, May 29, the Active Transportation Alliance will transform Lake Shore Drive into a bicycle nirvana. Don't miss this once-a-year chance to experience the joys of a carfree lakefront. Kick off your summer with tens of thousands of other cyclists enjoying a leisurely ride with great views of the lake and skyline. The forecast is even predicting perfect weather for the day. Registering for Bike the Drive also supports important advocacy to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in the region.

Register today at . Carfree Chicago readers can save $5 with coupon code SMASHING5.

Looking for your help - Bike outings near Metra UP NW Line

by Just off the Tracks | 04/21/2011

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We, at Just off the (things to see & do off the Metra rail lines) are adding bike outings to our site this spring, and we are looking for your expertise.
Give us the Inside Track on your favorite trails or routes that are easily accessible from the Metra stops. Include approximate time and difficulty and let us know why you enjoy this route.
The train lines that we are currently working on are the UP Northwest and the Milwaukee District North Lines, but we will take information on any of lines for future reference. We would love to post your Top Ten Bike Routes - off the Rails and who better than You to know. Some for beginners and families, some for the sightseers, some for difficulty, and some for the best food, the reasons could be endless. If you have pictures, please include your 3 favorites.