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On November 19, 2013, the Active Transportation Alliance presented a Public Leadership Award to the City of Evanston for designing vibrant, livable streets and public spaces that support walking, biking and transit. This award was presented to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Public Works Director Suzette Robinson at the Alliance’s annual reception which brings together government officials, business leaders and transportation advocates to recognize those who have made important contributions to the movement for better walking, biking and transit throughout Chicagoland.

Evanston received recognition for becoming the first suburban community in Chicagoland to create protected bike lanes, in addition to the recent update of the bike plan. According to Ms. Robinson, the updated plan will focus on developing “comfortable corridors” where families, students and seniors can cycle with ease through a network that reaches all areas of the City. Due to Evanston’s strong network of bicycling enthusiasts, the City has been installing additional bike racks and protected bike lanes to ensure proper accommodation to the growing bicycle-friendly community.

On top of the City’s biking initiatives, Evanston has also improved pedestrian safety in recent years by creating safer crosswalks with improved signage and upgraded traffic signals. The City is fortunate to be one of the Chicagoland communities with service by CTA, Metra and Pace. Evanston’s transportation hubs, such as those at Davis Street and Main Street, enable riders to expand their travel options by easily transferring between the CTA and Metra lines, for instance. For more information about getting around Evanston, visit

“We’re thrilled to showcase leaders who have advanced the vision for better transportation through their cities, wards and business,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “All of these award recipients have done an outstanding job of helping create communities that are more vibrant and inviting places to live.”

Mayor Tisdahl would like to thank the Active Transportation Alliance for their years of support in providing Evanston with volunteers, research and data that resulted in our success in securing grants and attaining the Bicycle Friendly Community Silver level status.  In addition, she is grateful for the financial and technical assistance the City continues to receive from CMAP, RTA, IDOT and the Northwest Municipal Conference.  Finally, the Mayor would like to thank the active and supportive citizenry, as well as innovative city staff, who all contributed to the City receiving this recognition.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and fun. The goal is to achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation and encourages physical activity, safety and a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit or call 312-427-3325.