In addition to promoting bike-friendly on-road conditions, Ride Illinois also advocates for more off-road trails to be built along roads and on their own rights-of-way.
Much of our trail advocacy focuses on the national and state funding sources that local agencies use to build trails:
Ride Illinois advises local agencies on grant strategies, helping them access the external grant funding sources above, for their particular trail project. We also have expertise in raising funds from the community to pay a grant’s local match or fund the trail entirely.
Trail development sometimes leads to opposition from adjacent residents. We can help trail-building agencies learn the facts to calm concerns about trails’ effect on crime, property values, etc.