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County releases first bike plan

On Wednesday, May 24, Cook County officials announced the completion of the county’s first Bike Plan. 

The county’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) spearheaded the development of the plan. The priorities laid out in the Bike Plan include increasing everyday cycling by connecting existing bike infrastructure to major destinations, creating a core low-stress bike network to ensure riders feel comfortable and increasing access to bike lanes and paths through equitable investments.

The plan recommends enhancements including 90 miles of new off-street paved trails, 150 miles of new side paths and at least 230 miles of new on-street bike routes throughout Cook County. 

Once fully implemented, the plan ensures that 96% of County residents will live less than a mile from a bike path or lane suitable for any rider or ability level.


“The Cook County Bike Plan is an essential component to reimagining the County’s role in transportation,” county Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “There are plenty of residents who enjoy biking or walking with their families, but do not have access to safe and comfortable facilities. The Bike Plan is our guide as we work to address these inequities. Ensuring residents have better access to other forms of affordable and convenient transportation will make Cook county a better place to live.”

The plan outlines ways the county will build bike infrastructure along roadways under DoTH’s jurisdiction, make connections within the existing trail network to eliminate gaps, study potential areas where new off-street trails can be installed, as well as provide support to municipalities looking to add bike routes on residential streets. The plan also highlights opportunities to partner with state, city and local agencies to make intersections safer for cyclists, especially in areas where bike paths cross major roads.

For more information and to download the County’s Bike Plan, visit

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