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Trails and Paths Systems

Illinois has hundreds of miles of dedicated bicycle trails. Approximately 5,000 miles of the nearly 16,000-mile state highway system are considered suitable for cycling. Cycling opportunities are also possible on more than 100,000 miles of locally operated and maintained roadways with low traffic volumes and lower motor vehicle speeds.

Pedestrians also have the opportunity to enjoy many of the trails and paths that Illinois has to offer. Bicycling and walking can be used for shorter trips, longer trips, or recreationally. IDOT considers all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, when building new or improving existing roadways.

Bicycle Facility Inventory System: The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is excited to announce the launch of the new statewide Bicycle Facility Inventory System. This online, interactive map database includes helpful information about bicycle lanes, paths, trails, and their associated characteristics. This system will better allow IDOT and other agencies to include bicycle infrastructure more prominently in future projects. Further, cyclists and other agencies may access the system to search and collect bicycle facilities data and update characteristics of trails and paths. Sound interesting? Email us for access!


For additional information please review the Bicycle Facility Inventory System page.