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Designing Bike Friendly Roads

Most biking takes place on roads. Making roads comfortable for biking is a top priority of Ride Illinois and our members. Depending on the context, “comfortable” may mean paved shoulders, bike lanes, an off-road sidepath trail, something else – or nothing additional at all.

Ride Illinois has long advocated for bike-friendly roads. We do this by influencing local and state road agencies to adopt a Complete Streets approach at the design policy level. We also work to influence design at the specific project level, either as part of upcoming roadwork or through separate retrofit projects.

Our advocacy has successfully guided the design of bike-friendly roads in urban, suburban, and rural areas all around the state.

What roads near you need to be more bike-friendly? Let us know, and we will explore the possibility of a more bike-friendly road design!