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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.

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.

You're already an Active Trans member at heart. Become a member in action!

by crandell | 09/03/2010


You want safer streets in your community so you can cross the road without worrying about getting hit. You wish the Chicago region had more bike lanes and trails so you would feel more comfortable biking to work or visiting the park with your family. And you wish you had reliable and affordable transit options that were easy to get to and easy to use.

Even though you might not realize it, you're probably already an Active Transportation Alliance member at heart. And Active Trans is already working on your behalf to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit. But by becoming a member in action, you can put more power behind their vision of a Chicagoland with half as many crashes and where half of all trips are made by biking, walking and transit. Active Trans is at a critical point on the road to making its vision a reality, and they need support from people like you to make it happen. Your support is the strength behind the movement!

Fast trains under attack in Wisconsin

by crandell | 08/17/2010

I've been looking forward to the new train service planned between Chicago and Madison, Wis. So I was disappointed to hear that Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for Governor in Wisconsin, has launched a major attack against passenger trains in Wisconsin. Please ask your friends in Wisconsin to show their support for passenger rail expansion.

Wisconsin was awarded Recovery Act funds to extend the successful Amtrak Hiawatha from Milwaukee to Madison. Walker has promised to stop construction if he is elected.

This week, he held an anti-train rally in Milwaukee and began running TV ads promising to "stop this train." He even set up a special website:

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association has set up an action page where Wisconsin residents can show their support. Please show your support for Amtrak expansion at: