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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Bikeways and Trails



The DuPage County trail system was an outgrowth of open space planning and desire to link communities and greenway corridors with both recreational facilities and transportation corridors.  The County has a long standing and successful bikeway planning and implementation effort. Beginning in the 1980s, a plan was developed to identify needs and recommend future improvements for non-motorized transportation. The result was the 1984 DuPage County Regional Bike Plan with goals that included:  

  • To recognize the bicycle as a mode of transportation;

  • To develop a bicycle transportation network;

  • To provide safe, efficient, and coordinated regional movements; overcome barriers; and

  • To encourage interagency coordination; connect local trails into larger network.

The second county bikeway plan was approved by the County Board in 1995.  In this plan, 198 miles of trail within the county were inventoried.  It also recognized "complete streets" concepts for roadway design, identified 10 priority travel zones, and analyzed roadway suitability (bicycle level of service). 

The most recent bicycle plan is the 2008 DuPage County Regional Bikeway Plan. It was created under a partnership between the DuPage County Board and the DuPage County Mayors and Managers Conference. The County and Conference worked to bring all bikeway implementation agencies in DuPage together to update the previous plan and reflect changes due to development that had occurred since 1984.  Included in the planning process were municipalities, park districts, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, DuPage County Division of Transportation, townships, and the public / trail users.

Download the 2008 DuPage County Regional Bike Plan.

For more information, contact the DuPage County Division of Transportation Trail coordinator at or call (630) 407-6900.