Welcome to Bikeways and Trails
website provides information on all bicycle and pedestrian activities
undertaken by the DuPage County Division of Transportation. DuPage
County is proud to be the home of one of the first successful rail-to-trail
conversions in the United States - the Illinois Prairie Path. In 2013, we
celebrated the 50th anniversary of the volunteer efforts to convert the
abandoned Chicago Aurora and Elgin railroad tracks into nature trails. The
foresight of these volunteers led to anation-wide
rail-to-trail movement and an outstanding legacy for DuPage County
residents. Today, DuPage County is home to more than
500 miles of trails that arean integral part of our identity
and a priceless amenity that runners, cyclists, equestrians, dog walkers
and nature lovers treasure.
Click here for an electronic map
of the DuPage County Trail System, or e-mail the County's Trail
Coordinator at email@example.com to have
a hard copy mailed to you.
Elgin - O'Hare Bicycle and
The DuPage County Division of Transportation, with
support from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning through its Local
Technical Assistance program, is planning for bicycle and pedestrian
improvements in the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway (IL 390) region. The Elgin O’Hare
Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will increase connectivity with existing
bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, improve bicycle and pedestrian access
to transit and other key destinations, and enhance overall quality of
life. For more information, project documents, and a public meeting
schedules, go to the project's website at www.eohbikepedplan.com.
DuPage County trails provide a pleasant
environment for walking, running, biking, and equestrians that are used by
thousands of people annually. However, users should take some small steps to
make their visit to DuPage County trails as safe as possible. Please click on
the links below to find some best practices personal safety tips.
Bicyclists Safety Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
Biking is often used
for transportation, either by choice or necessity. But most of us
received little or no training in school about proper bicycling or in
Driver's Education about safely sharing the road with bicyclists. To
help fill the gap, the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a statewide
bicycle organization, has developed www.bikesafetyquiz.com.
The interactive resource includes separate quiz lessons for Adult
Bicyclists, Child Bicyclists, and Motorists.
In each lesson,
users progress through a total of 25-33 multiple-choice questions
divided into bronze, silver and gold levels. The learning comes from
explanations in the question response feedback, with users getting up
to three chances to answer each question correctly. If users finish
at least one level, they may create a "certificate of completion" to
print or email.
DuPage County encourages residents - bicyclists
and motorists alike - to take the quiz to help us all get to our
Annual Trail Reports
below were given at the annual meeting of the Illinois Prairie Path
Not-for-Profit Corporation. They provide a snapshot into what trail
improvements or programs were accomplished that year and an estimate of
short term projects that will be undertaken by the DuPage County
Division of Transportation. Please contact the Trail Coordinator if
you have any questions.
2012 Trail Report to the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation
Download 2013 Trail
Report to the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation
Download 2014 Trail
Report to the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation
Download 2015 Trail Report to the
Illinois Prairie Path Corporation
2015 Green Town Conference -
The Green Town Conference
involves community members engaging with sustainability colleagues in
best practices learning and roundtable discussions about collaborating
across communities on specific sustainability projects and initiatives.
The DuPage County Trails Coordinator co-chaired an afternoon session
focusing on green infrastructure. Specifically, DuPage County
described how we developed our 500-mile county trail network and what
local governments can do improve bicycling in their community. Click on
the link below to see the presentation.
2015 Green Town Conference Presentation
DuPage County Forest Preserve District Century Trail Challenge
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of the Forest
Preserve District of DuPage County, the district has identified a
100-mile Century Trail within DuPage County. The Century Trail passes
through more than 30 preserves and features 11 signs with historical
snapshots from the past 100 years. Click on the "Suggested Rides" tab
to the left or visit the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
website for more information and decide if you are up for the
challenge. Click here to view the Forest Preserve District of DuPage
To prevent theft, unattended
bicycles should be locked securely to fixed objects. All Metra stations and
most downtown areas have an ample supply of bicycle racks. You should
always use the best, most secure lock you can afford and take extra time
to secure it, at a minimum, through the frame of your bicycle.
As an FYI, below is a link to an interesting article about the next
generation of bicycle locks / anti-theft devices.