Welcome to Bikeways and Trails
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 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.
View 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.
ANNUAL EARTH DAY TRAIL CLEAN-UP
Annual Earth Day Trail Clean-up will occur on Saturday, April 30th
from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are
needed for cleanup on the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail. If you
are interested in helping, please click here to view the event flyer with contact information for
Forest Preserve Century Ride for Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Friday, May 6,the nonprofit group “Friends of the Forest Preserve District of
DuPage County” will ride the Forest Preserve District’s Century
Trail, pedaling 100 miles through trails in 33 forest preserves to raise funds
for the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. This is a casual, self-supported
ride-at-your-own-pace event and there will be no support outside of the
riders. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or download the event flyer: http://dupageforest.org/uploadedFiles/Content/Donations/Ride%20for%20Wildlife%202016%20flyer.pdf.
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
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 destinations safely.
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.
2015 Green Town
Conference - Aurora
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.
Download 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
Century Trail Map.
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.