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Bicycle/Pedestrian

Kane County has a significant network of existing regional bicycle trails and many shorter local trails. Local residents realize that using the Kane County trail network is healthy, an inexpensive hobby, environmentally friendly and fun way to travel. Now there is also the ability to bring your bikes on transit.

Kane County has recognized walking and biking not only as great recreational activities, but as excellent alternative forms of transportation and taken action to improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Division of Transportation has a full-time staff member dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian planning, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are now incorporated into all road improvements. Planning for and accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in all development and construction projects is just one thing we can do to make biking and walking safer for all our residents.

The updated 2013-14 Kane and Northern Kendall County Public map, which includes existing local and regional trails is now available. A Planning Map, that includes existing and proposed regional and local trails, is also located on this page under Publications. You can view both maps by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page. To request a hard copy of the map, contact Patrick Knapp at knapppatrick@co.kane.il.us.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

Upcoming Meeting Agenda -

Past Meeting Minutes: [ 2001 ]  [ 2002 ]  [2005 ]  [ 2006 ]  [ 2007 ]  [ 2008 ]  [ 2009 ]  [ 2010 ]  [ 2011 ]  [ 2012

Suggestions and Maintenance Requests

You may make requests for low-cost improvements to enhance bicycle safety and access, such as: maintenance work, signs, striping, small construction problems. Please send suggestions to Patrick Knapp at knapppatrick@co.kane.il.us and include the following information with your submittal:

Location: Roadway Name or Trail Name

Landmarks: cross street, address other landmarks

Description of Problem: what is it and why is it a problem?

Reported by: your name and address (optional)

Once the Kane County Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator receives your submittal, it will be forwarded to the most appropriate agency (i.e. Kane County Forest Preserve, County D.O.T. staff, local municipality or park district). The Bike/Ped Coordinator will respond immediately to your submittal, informing you that the submittal was received and where the request was forwarded, with that agency's contact information.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County: www.co.kane.il.us/forestpreserve/

Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club: www.fvbsc.org/

Active Transportation Alliance: www.activetrans.org

Federal Highway Administration:

safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/bike/index.htm

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped/index.htm

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT): www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/bikehome.htm

League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB): http://bikelib.org/

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC): [ www.bicyclinginfo.org ] [ www.walkinginfo.org ]

City of Aurora Bicycle Map: [ http://www.bikelib.org/aurora/ ]

Bicycle Commuting Tips Links:

Active Transportation Alliance: www.activetrans.org

City of Chicago: egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/home.do

Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips: www.runmuki.com/commute/index.html

Bicycle Parking Links:

International Bicycle Fund: www.ibike.org/

City of Portland, Oregon: www.portlandtransportation.org/bicycles/default.htm

Bicyclinginfo.org: www.bicyclinginfo.org/engineering/parking.cfm

Bicycle Safety Links:

Federal Highway Administration:

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/bike/index.htm

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped/index.htm

Safe Routes to School:

http://www.dot.il.gov/saferoutes/index.html

http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/index.cfm

Publications

Kane and Northern Kendall Public Bike Map

Kane County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Huntley Walkability Assessment and Workshop May 17, 2006

Bike Planning Map

Bicycle Funding Opportunities Memo

KKCOM & LIB Bicycle Planning Seminar

The Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors hosted a Bicycle Planning seminar with the League of Illinois Bicyclists on February 5th, 2010. The seminar familiarized nearly fifty attendees with car/bike interactions, relevant national standards, best practices, planning tools, “political” issues and policy techniques, tips on funding sources and implementation strategies. The 2.5-hour “Introduction to Bicycle Planning” seminar was offered in ten different locations around Illinois and was funded through a grant from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Click here to preview the seminar presentation (9MB pdf).