Forest Preserve Rolls out Bike Share
The Cook County Forest Preserve has introduced a new bike share program at locations in the Village. A pilot project is taking place at a number of locations throughout the region. Bikes are available for use thru a smartphone app that will unlock it for your ride. The Forest Preserve has partnered with to provide this option. Bike corral parking areas are located in the Janura Forest Preserve parking area on Barrington Road south of Higgins, at Bode Lake off Bode Road, and in the parking area on IL 59 between Shoe Factory Road and Golf Road. More information, including how to sign up, can be found on the Forest Preserve's bike share page.
Westbound Ramp to I-90 at Central Road Opens to Thru Traffic
The new westbound ramp to I-90 from Central Road is now open and functions as the fourth ramp for the Roselle Road interchange. Central Road is open to two lanes of traffic in each direction and the reconstructed bicycle path in the Forest Preserve is complete. Cook County, in cooperation with the Illinois Tollway and Schaumburg, reconstructed Central Road as a part of the project. The road work involved building an extensive land bridge which required driving piles to support the road in areas with poor soils. Signal equipment at the new westbound entrance has been installed and will be scheduled to be turned on by the County. Please continue to use caution while driving in construction zones. To view the Cook County Highway Construction Map, click here.
Project Information Sheet
Crabtree to Fox River Corridor Bikeway Feasibility Study
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) funded a feasibility study to identify potential routes to link the area around the Crabtree Nature Center to the Fox River Trail corridor. A gap in available bicycle facilities was identified and the study sought to develop options to complete this link. Options included sidepaths, bike lane markings, paved shoulders, or a combination of these types. Public input was sought by the planning group via an online survey. Community feedback, environmental issues, safety, and cost were among the factors to be considered. The final report recommends several different routing options, including one with portions in Hoffman Estates. Route D proposes the use of Barrington Road and the Shoe Factory Road corridor to make this connection. Large segments of this route already exist with the section along Barrington Road and parts of the Shoe Factory Road leg yet to be completed. The final report can be found at the link below. See discussion in other areas of this page for more information about the status of particular sections of this regional connection.
Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and Map
Click here to view other background information on the plan.
Village Bicycle Fun Rides
Check back soon for information about the next Village Bicycle Fun Ride.
Pavement Restriping for Bicycle Facilities
Following recent pavement work, a number of Village roads have been restriped to designate space for bicyclists to use the street. A combination of bicycle lanes and shared use lane markings are used. Bicycle lanes are defined by the solid white lane and bicycle symbol on the pavement as well as regulatory signing. These lanes are reserved for bicyclists and are not to be used by vehicles. Shared lane markings or "sharrows" are used when the portion of the street is not wide enough to mark separate bicycle lanes. See the information on "sharrows" below. Bicycle lanes and shared lane markings will be coming to other Village streets identified in the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan as pavement work is being done. Some streets that currently have these designations include Hassell Road, Huntington Boulevard (Algonquin to Freeman), Huntington Boulevard (Hassell Road to Higgins Road), Volid Drive, Moon Lake Blvd, and Bode Road. Incorporating the bicycle designations into reconstruction and resurfacing projects is a cost effective way to continue implementation of the Village bicycle plan.
What do sharrows mean for motorists and bicyclists?
• Expect to see bicyclists on the street
• Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
• Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane
• Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
Shared Lane Pavement Marking (Sharrow) Illustration of Shared Lane Marking (Sharrow)
(source: MUTCD) (source: Text & Image - City of Seattle)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
Projects in Planning / Design Phases:The following projects are examples of those which would be eligible for state and federal funding sources such as STP and CMAQ.
Huntington Blvd / Harmon Corridor Bicycle Project - The Village submitted a grant application for preliminary design of a bicycle path in the vacant Huntington Blvd public right of way between Higgins and Golf Roads. Completion of this project would link to bicycle lanes on Huntington Blvd north of Higgins, the bike route on Harmon Blvd south of Golf, and create improved connectivity to the surrounding system. The Hoffman Estates Park District's Triphahn Center is located at the north end of the project. An extension of a path on the south side of Higgins Road from Higgins to Volid Drive will also be investigated as part of this first phase of engineering. A map of the project area can be found here. Selection of successful projects is expected later in 2017.
I-90 Crossing adjacent to the CN Railroad Right of Way
A project has been in development for several years on a plan to construct a path connecting the Prairie Stone Business Park to the Shoe Factory Road trail. A portion of the proposed path requires approvals from Canadian National Railway. Until approvals are recieved, the timing of when this work might occur is very uncertain. The project is a joint effort among the Village, Hoffman Estates Park District, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The scope is to provide a paved bicycle / pedestrian undercrossing of I-90 along the CN Railroad Right-of-Way to link the Shoe Factory Road path to the Prairie Stone Business Park. The work would also involve paving the section of earth / gravel path between the CN Railroad Right-of-Way and IL-59. A connection from the multi-use trail on the north side of Shoe Factory Road to the Prairie Stone Business Park Nature Trail System would be created. Please click here to view a general concept of the project.
Central Road Bicycle Trail Project - The project would provide a bicycle trail on the north side of Central Road, along the frontage of the H90 property to connect Huntington Blvd and the Paul Douglas Trail to the new Pace Park-n-Ride coming in late 2017 and to the Barrington Road path to be installed with the interchange work. The Village partnered with Cook County to complete the Phase I engineering for the new Central Road path. Please click here to view a project map.
Other Projects with Bicycle Features:
In addition to stand-alone bicycle projects, the Village is currently planning and designing other projects with bicycle amenities. The projects are listed below. Please check the Road Construction Page for full project details.
Shoe Factory Road (Multi-Use Trail on north side from Essex Dr to east of Beverly Rd)
Beverly Road (Multi-Use Trail on west side from Shoe Factory Rd to Prairie Stone Parkway)
If you have any ideas for potential sidewalk project locations, please email them to us.
Cook County Forest Preserve Bicycle Facilities
The Cook County Forest Preserve maintains an extensive network of bike trails, with two loop systems in Hoffman Estates, the Poplar Creek Trail and the Paul Douglas Trail. You may visit the Bike Trail Map site for the Cook County Forest Preserve for these and more maps of forest preserve facilities.
Northwest Municipal Conference Bike & Pedestrian Planning
The Northwest Municipal Conference approved regional corridor sign design. Two of these corridors are in Hoffman Estates - the Golf Road and Higgins Road regional corridors. As bicycle facilities are developed and designated along these long distance routes, the NWMC signing will help users identify they are on part of a regional system. Information on the signing and regional corridors can be found here.
An update of the bicycle plan for the northwest suburban area was completed by the Northwest Municipal Conference in 2010. The document discusses the update process, regional planning coordination, plus bicycle safety and education.