The bikeways and trails that criss-cross DuPage County form a complex, multi-jurisdictional network that is ever-evolving. Today's network did not develop by accident, though. Trail placement is carefully considered through multiple iterations of planning processes. Public agencies like the County engage with stakeholders to ensure that desired connections are identified, analyzed, and vetted before committing trail routes to planning documents. This is how regional trails and local bikeway networks develop into planned trails--shared ideas of where a trail or bikeway should be--which can then be translated into actionable future projects for engineering and construction.
Below are some recent and ongoing trail plans in which the Division of Transportation has served as the lead or as a partner agency.
Ongoing Planning Projects
Elmhurst Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Lisle Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update
DuPage Forest Preserve Master Plan
Recently Completed Planning Projects
Villa Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - 2018
Elgin-O'Hare Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan - 2017
Lombard Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - 2016
Trail planning in DuPage was an outgrowth of open space planning, fueled by the public's desire to link communities, greenways, and recreational facilities with transportation corridors. The County has taken an active role in planning future bikeway and trail corridors throughout the years, and seeks partnerships to plan for regional trail corridors that cross multiple jurisdictions. Municipalities, park districts, the Forest Preserve, and other counties are just some of the types of agencies that have partnered with DuPage to produce plans for future trails.
The first regional bike plan for DuPage was adopted in 1984. That first edition of the DuPage County Regional Bike Plan identified four overarching goals:
To recognize the bicycle as a mode of
To develop a bicycle transportation
To provide safe, efficient, and coordinated regional
movements; overcome barriers; and
To encourage interagency
coordination; connect local trails into larger network.
Successive updates have kept in line with those four goals. The
most recent update, the 2008 DuPage County Regional Bikeway Plan, was
created through a partnership between the DuPage County Board and the DuPage
Mayors and Managers Conference (DMMC). Key stakeholders in the planning process included municipalities, park districts, the
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the DuPage County Division of
Transportation, townships, and the public.
Download the 2008 DuPage County
Regional Bike Plan.
Healthy Roads Policy
In 2004, the DuPage County Board passed a resolution known as the Healthy Roads Initiative. The Initiative directs the Division of Transportation to ensure that transportation projects create safe facilities for both motorists and non-motorists. Among a list of recommended goals and improvements that the DOT is directed to pursue, the resolution specifically recommends constructing sidewalks and multi-use paths where safe, feasible, and cost-effective. The County passed an amendment to the Policy in 2008 that directs the Division of Transportation to consider on-road accommodations for bicyclists where practical if off-street options are not feasible.
For more information, contact the DuPage County
Division of Transportation Trails Coordinator at TrailPathCoordinator@dupageco.org
or call (630) 407-6900.