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 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 daniel.thomas@dupageco.org to have a hard copy mailed to you.   

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.

Motorists and Bicyclists:  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.   

Bike Safety Quiz Graphic

DuPage County encourages residents - bicyclists and motorists alike - to take the quiz to help us all get to our destinations safely.

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.  

Download 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 

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 

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.

https://urbanful.org/2015/03/31/protect-yourself-from-bike-theft-with-these-locks-and-strategies/

 

 

 



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421 N. County Farm Road
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