About us

Major Taylor Trail Keepers was founded in 2017 by Brenda Dixon as the Community Neighborhood Improvement Project (CNIP) that sought to improve the Major Taylor Trail. By 2019, the non-profit became known as the Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago, with Brenda as President and Chief Executive Officer and a board that includes some of the earliest advocates for the Major Taylor Trail.

We also expanded the board to include community leaders and cyclists. As a public non-profit, the organization was finally able to receive grants that allowed them to commence its mission. We’re grateful to Active Transportation Alliance for serving as our fiscal sponsor when we started. 


Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago (MTTKC) is an Illinois not-for-profit community organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families residing in historically underserved neighborhoods by working to make their environment and communities of residence a place that is a fun, healthy, and safe place to live, work, and play.


Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago is a champion for collaborating with city, county, and State affiliates and other like-minded organizations to increase public awareness and understanding of community issues with an emphasis on public art, transportation, parks, recreation, and economic development in communities that have historically been underserved.

We increase public awareness and understanding of community issues, and secure resources to implement improvements to the infrastructure of the community with an emphasis on public art, parks, trails, local community economic development, and transportation with a focus on bicycling and walking paths.

Thank you

We recognize the support and connection of the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago, whose mission and members overlap with ours and for their longstanding support of the Major Taylor Trail.

Board Members

Dr. Brenda M. Dixon, President

Peter Taylor, Vice President 

James McCoy, Treasurer

A.J. Arrington, Jr. Secretary 

Dr. Ed Dixon 

Dominique C. Arrington 

Randy Neufeld

The Major Taylor Trail

Dan Ryan Woods- Major Taylor Trail Forest Preserve

Cook County Forest Preserve

The Major Taylor Trail runs from Dan Ryan Woods forest preserve south to Whistler Woods forest preserve. It includes paved segments, off-street paved segments managed by the Chicago Park District, and on-street segments.

Visit the Major Taylor Forest Preserve page & map

Major Taylor Trail Chicago Park District

Chicago Park District

The Major Taylor Trail Bike Trail is also city Park Number 548. Most of the route is off-street trail that runs through the Cook County Forest Preserve’s Dan Ryan Woods and Whistler Woods, and park space managed by the Chicago Park District. A portion of the trail is on-street bike lanes managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Visit the Major Taylor Bike Trail Park page

Our Work

Picture from transitchicago.com


Public transit users are healthier as they are actively moving through their daily lives.  Whether, catching a train, riding a bike or getting on a bus, it is proven that those who use public transportation get over three times the amount of physical activity per day than those who don’t.  This leads to an overall happier community with active and healthy neighbors.

Bike trails offer communities the ability to sightsee and get invaluable exercise in the comfort of their neighborhood. Public transportation like trains and buses also promotes positive interactions between neighbors.  It is an opportunity for the entire community to be one – including people with disabilities.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second-largest public transportation system – serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus.

To learn more about the CTA go here.


Over the years this environmentally friendly method of transportation has alternately risen and declined in popularity, but it is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the nation. Today bicycling has also become popular as a workout regimen and has been proven to provide significant health benefits. The MTTK mission is to advocate for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable individuals and families on Chicago’s South Side lead healthy and joyful lives.

Bicycling provides significant health benefits since it works almost all the muscles and systems in the body, including the skeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the mental/emotional state, and the immune system. Bike riding provides a family-friendly workout and fun exercise for all ages. It is also so adaptable that it can fit almost every need and physical limitation and does not require a lot of expensive equipment. You can bike almost anywhere you like.

The MTTK is working to promote bike trail safety and to increase the number of family-friendly bike trails in Chicago’s South Side communities. Since its founding in 1985, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF) has encouraged thousands of individuals and families to ride bikes through advocacy, education, and good old-fashioned fun. Chicago is known as one of the best large cities in the US for bicycling. The City of Chicago has achieved this goal by investing in bicycling infrastructure and promoting education, awareness, and advocacy.

For more information about the City of Chicago Bike Program, go here.


Walking is a way to stay healthy while getting exercise. A scenic, woodside rest next to a piece of beautiful, original public art in a community park makes for the perfect stroll through the neighborhood as you pace the local walking trail. Whether you prefer getting a relaxing breath of fresh air, or challenging yourself with a long steady walk to maintain your heart rate, the MTTK is working to make sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for just outside your front door on South Side walking and biking trails.

The MTTK is working diligently to enhance the region’s walkability.

To learn more and to find out how you can help, contact the MTTK at [email protected]

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