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Bicycle Plan Implementation

Regional Bike Planning in the Northwest Suburbs

Over forty North Shore and Northwest suburbs work with the Northwest Municipal Conference to coordinate regional bike planning.  Our main focus is to establish regional bicycle corridors which pass through multiple borders and provide access to regional destinations including parks, transit stops, employment centers and regional trails.

Our 2010 Bike Plan identified sixteen regional corridors, some of which are completed and some of which still have substantial gaps.  Since then, we have worked with our member municipalities as well as other agencies including the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook and Lake Counties, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the City of Chicago to close the gaps in the regional corridors.    

Our first signed regional corridor is nearing completion on Central Road in Des Plaines. The project, which starts at Wolf Road and terminates at East River Road, will provide much improved bicycle access to Oakton Community College and the Des Plaines River Trail. 

Check out the regional corridors below as we work towards a connected regional bicycle network! 


Tier One Corridors

The 2010 plan included a three tier system of corridor prioritization. The Tier One corridors are those with the highest regional impact and best opportunity to be implemented.  All sixteen corridors are NWMC priorities, and the plan recommends regional bicycle facilities on each of them; however, the plan categorizes those corridors with the highest potential for implementation in the first tier.  Ultimately, implementation of these regional corridors will rely on local initiative and regional coordination. 


Corridor Name Evanston-Elgin Bikeway (Golf Road)
Description This corridor provides a central east-west trunk-line in the regional system spanning from the Fox River Trail to the Green Bay Trail. It connects through 13 municipalities, 12 of which are NWMC members. The corridor engages 8 regional destinations and is well served by Metra and CTA. The corridor offers reasonable connections to the local and regional trail network, but does have existing barriers with difficult crossings at a railroad viaduct near Oakton Community College and an I-290 underpass. There is an existing bike-friendly crossing over I-94 and I-294.
Municipalities Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Niles, Morton Grove, Skokie, Golf, Evanston
Percent Complete Preferred short-term alignment is approximately 58 percent complete
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Status Update Hoffman Estates recently completed the Hassell Road bike lanes project.  Evanston constructed a protected/buffered bike lane on Church Street from Dodge to Chicago in the summer and fall of 2012.  Once programmed projects are completed, the corridor will be approximately 75 percent complete. (May 2016)

 

Corridor Name Higgins Road Bikeway
Description This corridor serves to connect the Fox River and Dundee Rd. into the Busse Woods Forest Preserve, and makes the connection to the Howard/Sibley Corridor via Golf Rd. and Algonquin Rd. It spans five municipalities on the west end of the conference area making key connections in the NWMC member municipalities of Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. The corridor aligns with the proposed Metra Star Line and falls within reasonable proximity to the proposed Arlington Heights station. It also makes a good connection with the Pace Northwest Transit Station. The corridor offers reasonable connections to the Cook County Forest Preserve trail network, but has two difficult crossings over I-90. The crossing that exists at I-290 along the corridor is suitable for biking.
Municipalities East Dundee, South Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village
Percent Complete Preferred short-term alignment is approximately 53 percent complete
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Status Update Hoffman Estates is working on design engineering for a multi-use path connecting the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve to the Prairie Stone development, under the Jane Addams Expressway (I-90).  When programmed projects are completed, the corridor will be 56 percent complete. (February 2014)

 

Corridor Name Deerfield Road Bikeway
Description This corridor makes the connection between the Lake Michigan shore and the Jensen Forest Preserve. It serves as a prominent east-west connection that crosses through six municipalities (four of which are NWMC members). The corridor directly connects with three Metra stations in Highland Park, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, and is well serviced by Pace routes. The corridor also is well connected to the regional trail network. Crossings at Skokie Hwy. and I-94 have suitable bicycle facilities.
Municipalities Buffalo Grove, Riverwoods, Deerfield, Highland Park, Long Grove, Palatine
Percent Complete Preferred alignment is approximately 86 percent complete, but upgrades needed on 19 percent of corridor.
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Status Update The Lake County DOT secured Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for a side path between Milwaukee Avenue and the Des Plaines River Trail.  When this project is complete, the corridor will be 89 percent complete. (February 2014)

 

Corridor Name Elk Grove - Evanston Bikeway (Howard/Sibley)
Description This corridor serves to connect from the Higgins Rd. corridor terminus in Busse Woods Forest Preserve to the Lake Michigan shoreline. It spans seven municipalities, all of which are NWMC members, and is the southernmost east-west link in the regional system east of Busse Woods.  The corridor offers reasonable connections to the Cook County Forest Preserve trail network, but has several difficult crossings over I-294, I-94 and the Des Plaines River.
Municipalities Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Skokie, Evanston
Percent Complete Preferred short-term alignment is approximately 68 percent complete
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Status Update The Village of Niles has an STP project on the multiyear B list planning for bicycle facilities along Howard. (February 2014)

 

Corridor Name Palatine Trail (Fairfield/Quentin)
Description This corridor is a central north-south regional connector that runs between the Schaumburg Metra station to the south and the Millennium Trail to the north. It connects through nine municipalities, of which five are NWMC members.  The corridor offers reasonable connections to the local and regional trail network. While a barrier exists at the I-90 crossing, the corridor has been routed to another improved I-90 crossing.  This results in a route that is not very direct but does make the necessary connections.
Municipalities Hawthorn Woods, Forest Lake, Lake Zurich, Kildeer, Deer Park, Palatine, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village
Percent Complete Preferred alignment is approximately 68 percent complete
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Status Update Lake County has programmed a sidepath from Lake Cook Rd. to IL Route 22. (February 2014)

 

Corridor Name Skokie Valley Trail
Description This corridor serves to connect the City of Chicago north into Lake County. It spans 13 municipalities, nine of which are NWMC Members. It connects to CTA and Metra stations and provides good connections to the Cook County Forest Preserve trail network.
Municipalities Chicago, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnwood, North Chicago, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Waukegan, Wilmette
Percent Complete Preferred alignment is approximately 52 percent complete
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Status Update Skokie completed a 1 mile segment of the trail between Dempster St. and Oakton St.  Skokie and Lincolnwood have programmed projects with CMAQ funding to complete the southern portion of the Skokie Valley Trail between Oakton St. and Devon Ave.  Northbrook is beginning preliminary engineering on their section of the trail from Lake-Cook Rd. to their southern village limits. (May 2016)

Tier Two and Three Corridors

On February 8, 2012 the NWMC Board approved the Northwest Highway Bicycle Facility Plan.  The 2010 Bicycle Plan identified the Northwest Highway Corridor as a Tier Two Corridor.  More details on the plan can be found here.