Biking and Walking in Highland Park
The City of Highland Park, in line with its Sustainability Initiatives, strives to be a city that caters to both cyclists and pedestrians. In 2014, Highland Park earned an Honorable Mention as a bicycle friendly community from the League of American Bicyclists, and is continuing to improve in providing resources and opportunities for residents who ride or walk.
Current Cycling and Pedestrian Events in Highland Park
On May 16, 2015, together the City of Highland Park, Highland Park Police Department, Community Emergency Response Team, Working Bikes, the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood, and Trek Bicycle Store will host the first Highland Park Community Bike Fair in celebration of National Bike Month. The Bike Fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.in the Highland Park Metra parking lot at St. Johns Avenue and Ravine Drive.
Bike/Walk 2030 Plan
The City has developed a Bike-Walk Plan which proposes that Highland Park develop dedicated bicycle lanes, designate shared roadways, sign bicycle routes and shared-use paths. It will improve sidewalks and intersections throughout the city for cyclists and pedestrians. These facilities will make it easier to walk or ride around town and offer safe and scenic places for recreation close to home. The Plan also includes recommendations to make it easier to use existing local public transportation for persons of all abilities.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Related Links
Bike to Metra Guide
For many Metra commuters, riding a bicycle to the station is feasible. The City of Highland Park has created a guide to use for commuting to and from the Metra station.
Bikes on Metra Train Information
Bike are allowed on the Metra train and Metra provides more information on the service below.
The National Highway Traffic Administration has put together a complete list of bicycle safety tips. Both cyclists and non-cyclists should be aware of all these important tips.
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Education and Advocacy Groups
Active Transportation Alliance
The Active transportation Alliance advocates for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.
America Walks is a national resource which fosters walkable communities by engaging, educating, and connecting walking advocates.
Bicycle Club of Lake County
The Purpose of the Bicycle Club of Lake County is to promote camaraderie and safe responsible bicycling through a variety of activities. These activities include recreational activities and educational activities, to promote awareness of the value of bicycling as a sporting event and as a means of transportation.
League of American Bicyclists
LAB represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, LAB works to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to their members everywhere.
League of Illinois Bicyclists
The League of Illinois Bicyclists is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois. LIB is a statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.
National Center for Biking and Walking
The aim of the NCBW's program is to change the way communities are planned, designed and managed to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can walk and bike easily, safely and regularly. The changes needed to make communities more physically active places will be achieved only through sustained action at the local level – in each community – demanded by the public and supported by positive national, state, and local policies and programs
Top 10 Bike and Pedestrian Resources
Local Bike Shops
Trek Bicycle Store
Illinois Secretary of State Publications
BicycleSkills Course Instruction Manual
Illinois 2014 Rules of the Road
Normas de Tránsito. Illinois 2013 Rules of the Road (Spanish Version).
Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road
Bicycle Safety Tips