25th ward aldermanic runoff candidates compete to be most bike-friendly

The final two candidates in the 25th Ward runoff election — Alex Acevedo and Byron Sigcho-Lopez — pledge to support all ten of the proposals outlined in the questionnaire we sent to all aldermanic candidates. Both also point to their frequent use of biking, walking and transit as evidence of their commitment to creating better transportation options in Chicago.

The 25th ward is on Chicago’s Lower West Side and includes parts of Pilsen, Chinatown, the West Loop and the South Loop. The seat is currently held by Ald. Danny Solis.

Active Transportation NOW sent a questionnaire to 25th Ward candidates about a range of transportation issues. Below is a summary of their responses. Be sure to read their completed questionnaire for their full responses.

Following is a summary of the candidates’ positions based on the questionnaire responses and public statements. Active Transportation NOW does not endorse aldermanic candidates. Our goal is to educate candidates and voters about the city’s transportation needs and build support for improvements.

Candidates in the runoff election

ALEX ACEVEDO

Alex Acevedo pledged to support all 10 policies. He says he and his wife do not own a car and a safe, walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood is critical to his family’s future. While backing 100 miles of new bikeways, Acevedo says Chicago “chronically underinvests in biking and walking infrastructure” and Pilsen’s lack of protected bike lanes keeps most people from riding.

Acevedo supports creating a continuous Chicago River Trail through the neighborhood if policies are in place to prevent rising rents and housing prices and displacement. He backs a “modern and fair transportation and infrastructure equity plan for all,” saying for too long “the ward has been experiencing development without any community voice from a closed system of deal-making behind the scenes.”

BYRON SIGCHO-LOPEZ

Byron Sigcho-Lopez pledged to support all 10 policies. He says he and his wife routinely use transit, biking and walking to get around. Sigcho-Lopez says his family recently purchased a home near the Pink Line Damen stop so that his wife can continue to commute to work via train or bike.