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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Welcome to Bikeways and Trails  QR CODE TRAIL HOME

This 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 a nation-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 are an integral part of our identity and a priceless amenity that runners, cyclists, equestrians, dog walkers and nature lovers treasure. 

View an electronic map of the DuPage County Trail System, or e-mail the County's trails coordinator at to have a hard copy mailed to you.    

Elgin - O'Hare Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan  

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

Personal Safety

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.

Motorists and 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  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 destinations safely.

Annual Trail Reports

The presentations 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.  

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 County Century Trail Map.

Bicycle Security

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.




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