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Addressing Air Quality

The Chicago metro region has been deemed a "non-attainment area," which means our air doesn't meet EPA air quality standards. The City of Evanston has taken action by joining Clean Air Counts, a six-county Chicago regional initiative of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the US EPA - Region V, the City of Chicago and Illinois EPA. It seeks significant reductions in smog-forming pollutants and energy consumption.

Methods of Transportation

Biking - Evanston benefits from having multiple bike routes and paths allowing you to use your bike to your next destination. This section outlines all the options that Evanston has to offer.

Walking - Evanston is a beautiful city with many destinations located closely to one another. This section outlines the areas of Evanston that are experienced best by walking.

Transit - Instead of taking a car next time when you go grocery shopping or head off to work, consider utilizing Evanston's extensive public transportation system outlined in this section.

Driving - There are still instances where using public transportation or biking may not meet your needs, but just because you need to use a car doesn't mean that owning your own is the only option. This section outlines non-traditional options that Evanston has to offer.

City Policies and Initiatives

Resolution 55-R-17  - The City of Evanston updated its Complete and Green Streets Policy on June 12, 2017. The policy update strengthens the 2014 Policy's design consideration for older adults and people with disabilities; develops an annual reporting structure; and, establishes transportation demand management requirements for select private developments. 

Bike Share Program Pilot Program - The Divvy Bike Share Program rolled into the City of Evanston in June 2016 with 10 stations and 100 bikes. To learn more about this program, where stations are located and how to become a member please visit the Divvy Evanston website

Multi-modal Transportation Plan (MMTP) - This plan provides long range planning strategies for accommodating all forms of transportation in Evanston.

Ordinance 15-0-98 - The City of Evanston passed this ordinance amending the Evanston City Code which regulates the use of backpack-mounted or hand-held gasoline-powered leaf blower types of machines. Use of these machines is prohibited during parts of the year.

Anti-idling Ordinance 10-4-18 - Adopted on June 26, 2006, this ordinance prohibits standing or parked vehicles that are over 8,000 lbs. in gross weight from idling their engines for more than five minutes in any 60 minute period.

The City of Evanston uses biodiesel (B20) in all of its diesel fleet. B20 has fewer harmful emissions than regular diesel.


  • Clean Air Counts  - Offers a variety of air pollution reduction strategies to both businesses and residents.
  • CTA - The Chicago Transit Authority provides cleaner commuting options through bus and rail service.
  • Metra - Metra provides an expansive rail system that connects the entire Chicagoland area.
  • Enterprise CarShare (formerly iGO) - Car sharing network that allows customers to rent cars whenever they need them.
  • ZipCar - Car sharing network that enables its members to use a car on demand.