Forest Preserve Bike Share Gets Ready to Shut Down for the Season
The Cook County Forest Preserve's bike share program is expected to end soon and be back in Spring 2020. The rental bikes were available at a number of locations throughout the region, including in the parking lots at Bode Lake on Bode Road and at the Barrington Road Pond Picnic Grove just south of Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Both of these sites are adjacent to the Poplar Creek Trail which runs through the Forest Preserve. More information about this program can be found on the Forest Preserve's bike share page.
Roselle Road Bike Bridge Now Open
A ribbon cutting for the opening of the bridge and path on the west side of Roselle Road was held on November 5. The bridge and path link the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve north of the Tollway with the Hillcrest Boulevard bike route and Schaumburg path system to the south. The Village of Schaumburg was the lead agency for the project.
Northwest Municipal Conference Multimodal Plan
There is a lot happening with the NWMC Multimodal Plan! A series of Pop-Up Workshops are scheduled in the coming months to spread the word about project findings and to gather input on the priority bike corridors. Come visit us at the Deerfield Winter Celebration, and the Morton Grove Indoor Farmers Market. There are also several key project deliverables that will be finalized and made available via the project website in the coming months. Visit the project website to learn more: http://www.nwmcmultimodalplan.org @OnTo2050 #NWMCMultimodal
Eager to share your thoughts? Check out NWMC's interactive map to review priority corridors and add comments regarding your observed opportunities and challenges navigating these corridors.
Learn more and sign up for project updates through the project website: http://www.nwmcmultimodalplan.org
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
The Village's Comprehensive Bicycle Plan was approved in May 2010. The 2014 map of bicycle facilities, and future planned facilities can be found here (this map is in the process of being updated). A map of current facilities can be found here (Bicycle Plan map on GIS Portal of the Village webpage).
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.
Shoe Factory Road Path and I-90 Crossing adjacent to the CN Railroad Right of Way
The east-west portion of this project to pave the earth trail in the Forest Preserve from IL 59 to the railroad tracks has been approved for construction. This work will occur in 2020.. The overall project has been in development for a number of years consisting of a plan to construct a path connecting the Prairie Stone Business Park to the Shoe Factory Road trail. A portion of the proposed north-south path requires approvals from Canadian National Railway. Until approvals are received, the timing of when this section of work might occur is unknown. The project is a joint effort among the Village, Hoffman Estates Park District, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. 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 or bicycle 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
An update of the bicycle plan for the northwest suburban area is underway. Visit this website to learn more about the update process: http://www.nwmcmultimodalplan.org. The goal is to create a new multimodal plan which includes bicycling, pedestrian, and transit users' needs.
The prior plan document completed in 2010 can be found below.