Walking and Bicycling Resource

Aug 21, 2013

Walking and Bicycling Resources

Regional Agencies

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606
CMAP, in collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders, created GO TO 2040, the regional comprehensive plan. GO TO 2040 includes the region's long range transportation plan. CMAP also develops and maintains the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is the 5-year list of all federally funded and regionally significant transportation projects in northeastern Illinois. In addition, CMAP programs Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds, which have helped finance bicycle and pedestrian projects in the region. CMAP provides technical and planning support, through its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program staff and through its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program for sub-regional and local bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts.

John O'Neal, Associate Planner and Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager

Tom Murtha, Senior Planner

Regional Transportation Authority
175 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1550 Chicago, IL 60604
RTA coordinates and administers funding for the region's transit agencies. Its Regional Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) supports local projects that provide improved access to transit. Many communities are using this program to propose transit, bicycle and pedestrian oriented development around their transit stations.

Contact: Kevin Stanciel

County and Municipal Governments

Cook County Highway Department
69 W. Washington Street, 23rd floor, Chicago, IL 60602
Cook County Highway Department

Contact: John Beissel, P.E., Assistant Superintendent of Highways

DuPage County Bikeways Program
421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
DuPage County Bikeways and Trails (Includes county bikeway map)

Contact: Daniel A. Thomas, AICP
Principal Planner / Trails Coordinator

Kane County Division of Transportation
Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (Includes county bikeway map)

Contact: Ryan Peterson

Lake County Division of Transportation
Lake County Council of Mayors
600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
Lake County DOT (Includes county bikeway map)

Contact: Bruce Christensen, Transportation Coordinator

McHenry County Division of Transportation
McHenry County Council of Mayors
16111 Nelson Rd, Woodstock IL 60098

Contact: Cody Sheriff, Planning Liaison

Will County Highway Department
16841 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
Will County Highway Department

Contact: Bruce Gould, P.E., County Engineer


Sub-regional Council of Mayors (COM)
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606
Sub-Regional Council of Mayors

Suburban Chicago is divided into 11 sub-regional Councils of Mayors. Each council has engaged in some bicycle planning activities, such as inventorying existing conditions for cyclists and using Surface Transportation Program funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects. In 2006, the North Shore, Northwest, South Suburban, West Central, DuPage, McHenry and Kane Councils received bikeway planning funds for activities such as: developing sub-regional capital programs, producing and distributing facilities maps and other promotional materials, finding connections amongst neighboring communities and providing technical and planning support at the local level. For more information about sub-regional and municipal transportation planning, contact the planning liaison for your area. Several of the subregional councils are staffed by county employees and are listed under the appropriate county above. Otherwise, consult the Planning Liaison web page.

Contact: Teri Dixon


Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Chicago Department of Transportation
30 N La Salle Street Suite 1100, Chicago IL 60602

City of Chicago CDOT Bicycle Program
CDOT Bicycle Program (Includes City of Chicago bikeway maps)
In 2012 Chicago adopted the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, whichproposes a 645-mile bicycle system that will run throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. The overall system consists of three smaller systems: Neighborhood Bike Routes that utilize residential streets, Crosstown Bike Routes that use collector and arterial roadways, and Spoke Routes that connect all corners of the City to Downtown. Once the network is complete, all Chicagoans will be within 0.5miles of a bicycle facility.

Areas that Chicago's Bicycle Program focuses on include on-street bikeways (standard lanes, protected lanes, buffered lanes, marked shared lanes), trails, bicycle parking, bicycling promotion, and bicycling safety.

Contact: Mike Amsden

City of Chicago CDOT Pedestrian Program
CDOT is committed to reducing the number of pedestiran crashes in the city and to improving the overall pedestrian environment. CDOT works with communities interested in traffic calming and pedestrian friendly streetscapes. CDOT has organized an ongoing Pedestrian Safety Campaign. In 2012, Chicago adopted the Chicago Pedestrian Plan, which identifies new opportunities and ongoing initiatives that will strengthen Chicago's already robust pedestrian environment.

Contact: Eric Hanss
CDOT Pedestrian Safety Manager

City of Chicago CDOT Trails Development Program
The Chicago Department of Transportation develops new multi-use trails, bridges and underpasses, as well as the accommodation of walking and bicycling during roadway improvements.

Contact: Keith Privett, Transportation Planner

Federal and Illinios State Agencies

National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
25 East Washington, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60602
NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) works collaboratively, by invitation, with partners on a wide variety of conservation and recreation projects. These partners include, for example, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and other government agencies. RTCA provides assistance tailored to the partner's needs, but does not provide direct grants. RTCA staff often provide assistance in conceptual planning, organizational development, and capacity building.

Contact: David Thomson


Illinois Department of Transportation
General Web Page: IDOT
Bicycling Web Page: IDOT Trails, Paths & Streets (includes links to statewide bike maps)

IDOT plans, implements and maintains the state's system of highways and bridges and administers traffic safety programs. IDOT plays a role in state and federally-funded local road projects as well, providing design guidance and funding coordination. In 1999, IDOT incorporated policies into its design manual regarding the accommodation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in state roadway projects. It has also developed a set of recommended policies and procedures for federal aid and motor fuel tax funded local road projects.

Statewide bike/ped policies and the Interagency Bikeways Council Working Group (IBCWG)
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764

Contact: Michael Brand, Acting Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

Funding and coordination of state road projects
201 W. Center Court, Schaumburg, IL 60196

Contact: Pete Harmet, P.E., Bureau Chief of Programming, District 1

Bike/ped accommodations on state and federally-funded local road projects
201 W. Center Court, Schaumburg, IL 60196

Contact: Chad Riddle, Federal Aid Program Engineer

Office of Planning and Programming (Chicago)
100 W. Randolph, Suite 6-600, Chicago, IL 60601

Contact: Gabriel Sulkes, Policy Advisor


Safety Programs

Division of Highways, Bureau of Safety Engineering Programs
Transportation Safety

Contact: Priscilla Tobias, State Safety Engineer

Illinois Division of Traffic Safety
Roadway Safety

Local Grants Webpage:
IDOT Highway Safety Grants

Contact: Les Nunes

Illinois Secretary of State's Office
17 N. State, Room #1152, Chicago, IL 60602
Office of the Illinois Secretary of State

The Secretary of States Office maintains a webpage on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety. The Secretary of States Office is concerned with people driving safely on the roadways. In addition, it is concerned that children also be safe on the roadways, whether they are walking, riding their bicycles or on and around school buses. The office has developed safety presentations that are conducted in school classrooms or assemblies targeting children from preschool to 3rd grade. Among other safety related services, the Secretary of State maintains a traffic safety line at: 866-247-0213. The Secretary of State also maintains a Web site with safety information, including a page of links to pedestrian and bicycle safety information.

Contact 1: Kathleen Widmer, Speakers Bureau

Contact 2: Toshi Lukens, Traffic Safety

Illinois Commerce Commission
527 E. Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL 62701

The ICC has Guidelines on Pedestrian/Multi-Use Accommodations and Rail Grade Separations. A community seeking assistance from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) for construction of a pedestrian/multi-use grade separation (overpass or underpass) must submit a project application to the Commission's Rail Safety Section. Proposed pedestrian bridges must be located outside the existing right-of-way limits of a public highway to be eligible for GCPF assistance. A Formal Petition with the Commission seeking permission to construct the walkway/multi-use structure is also required.

Contact: Brian Vercruysse, P.E., Rail Safety Specialist

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
General Web Site: DNR
One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271

Trails and Bikeways Grants
IDNR administers grant programs that provide federal and state funds to local government entities for trail construction. The Bikeways Program provides funding for trail enhancement and development.

Contact: Division of Grants Administration

Illinois Greenways and Trails Program
Illinois DNR Greenways and Trails

Contact: Dave Longo, Northeastern Illinois Program Manager
847.608.3100 x 32037

Forest Preserves and Park Districts

The forest preserves plan, implement and maintain trail facilities.

Forest Preserve District of Cook County (includes Forest Preserve trail maps)
536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305

Contact: Pam Sielski

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (includes Forest Preserve trail maps)
3 South 580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Contact: Andrea Hoyt
Director, Office of Planning

Forest Preserve District of Kane County (includes Forest Preserve trail maps)
719 Batavia Building G, Geneva, IL 60134

Contact: Monica A. Meyers
Executive Director

Forest Preserve District of Lake County (includes county-wide trail map)
2000 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville, IL 60048

Contact: Michael Fenelon
Director, Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development

McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation District (includes trail maps)
6512 Harts Road, Ringwood, IL 60072

Contact: Amy Peters
Planning and Development Manager
815.338.6223 x 205

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Forest Preserve District of Will County (includes trail maps)
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet IL 60433

Contact: Karen Fonte, Chief Landscape Architect

Local Park Districts
Local park districts are sometimes involved in bikeway planning and implementation. For a listing of park districts by municipality, contact:

Illinois Association of Park Districts
Illinois Association of Park Districts
211 E. Monroe Street , Springfield, IL 62701

Public Transit Providers

Chicago Transit Authority
547 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661
Chicago Transit Authority
CTA Bike and Ride
CTA provides bus, rail and para-transit service in the city of Chicago and some nearby suburbs. Bicycles are allowed on CTA trains except during rush hour. CTA's fleet of buses is equipped with bicycle racks, which can carry two bicycles. CTA is also installing bicycle racks in transit stations to provide sheltered, secure parking.

Contact: Robert Vance, P.E.
Civil Engineer III, Facilities Planning

Pace Suburban Bus Service
550 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Pace Bus
Pace provides suburban and collar county bus service. Its entire fleet of buses is equipped with bicycle racks, which can carry two bicycles.

Contact 1: Taqhi Mohammed, Transportation Engineer

Contact 2: Karen Shinners, Planning

Metra Rail
Metra provides commuter rail service for the region. It is working to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to its stations by installing bicycle racks and supporting the construction of sidewalks and bikeways. Metra permits bicycles on some trains; users must bring bungy cords to secure them.

Contact: Brian Hacker, Strategic Capital Planning Associate/Long Range Planning


Active Transportation Alliance
The Active Transportation Alliance, formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, promotes the use of bicycles for transportation and recreation in northeastern Illinois. Active Trans has provided technical assistance to municipalities and sub-regions during the development of bicycle plans, and is engaged in a variety of education and promotional activities.

Contact: Ron Burke, Executive Director
312.427.3325 x 228

League of Illinois Bicyclists
2550 Cheshire Drive, Aurora IL 60504
Ride Illinois
The League of Illinois Bicyclists is a statewide bicycle advocacy organization whose goals are to educate about safe and effective bicycling; teach and promote the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists; promote bicycling for transportation and recreation; inform state and local governments of bicyclists' needs; provide technical assistance during the development of bicycle plan; coordinate and support local bicycle advocacy efforts; and advocate for on-road and off-road access rights. They also maintain a list of bicycle clubs in the area.

Contact: Ed Barsotti, Executive Director

25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60602
Openlands is an advocacy, planning and implementation organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing public open space in northeastern Illinois. It is particularly interested in the provision of off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities and corridor preservation. Openlands worked with NIPC to produce the Regional Greenways and Trail Plan. Openlands has created a real estate affiliate, CorLands, which expedites the acquisition of trail corridors for state, county and local governments.

Contact: Ders Anderson
312.427.4256 x 237

Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

CNT is a non-profit organization that strives to build prosperous, sustainable communities by linking economic and community development with ecological improvement. Its transportation focus is to promote clean, non-polluting, equitable movement of people and goods in the region.

Contact: Greg Newmark

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