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Biking and Walking

The City of Highland Park, in line with its Sustainability Initiatives, strives to be a city that caters to both cyclists and pedestrians. In 2018, the League of American Bicyclists designated the City of Highland Park a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level, and the City is continuing to improve in providing resources and opportunities for residents who ride or walk.  

Highland Park Bike-Ped Map-01
A downloadable map of the City's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be found here.

Family Friendly Bikeway Tour
Bike Walk Highland Park is an advocacy group for the promotion of cycling and bike riding related activities. The group pursues activities and initiatives aligned with the Plan and the League of American Bicyclists' "Bike-Friendly City" program, including the Family-Friendly Bikeway Tour through the Highlands. 

Family Friendly Bikeway
Download the map here.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Related Links

Move HP Plan
Adopted in October 2020, the MoveHP Plan  is a 5-year update to Bike-Walk HP 2030, Highland Park’s non-motorized transportation plan. MoveHP envisions the development of a comprehensive and connected non-motorized transportation system. It proposes that the City of Highland Park plan for improvements to the City’s street and transportation system that will serve all transportation users: cyclists, pedestrians, transit users and drivers, regardless of age or ability. The Plan aims to provide each user with improved, more enjoyable, and safer access to local and regional destinations.

Highland Park Complete Streets Policy 
Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe use and support mobility for all users. Those include people of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether they are traveling as drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or public transportation riders. The concept of Complete Streets encompasses many approaches to planning, designing, and operating roadways and rights of way with all users in mind to make the transportation network safer and more efficient.

The Highland Park Complete Streets Policy was adopted by City Council on December 11, 2023. The policy is adapted from the Bike-Walk 2030 Plan’s recommended policy and includes feedback from the City Council and Transportation Advisory Group based on several meetings. This adapted policy represents the City’s recommended commitment package given Highland Park’s context and competing values. The policy sets forth the goal of creating safe, sustainable, attractive, and utilitarian multimodal network of streets that balances the needs of all users. 

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.
Bike to Metra Guide

Bikes on Metra Train Information
Bike are allowed on the Metra train and Metra provides more information on the service below.
Learn more

Bike Safety
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. 
Kids and Bike Safety
Bike Safety Guide

Report a Pothole
Report a pothole to city officials through the city's non-emergency request tracker

State Route 41 is the responsibility of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For issues relating to safety and/or maintenance, please call 800.452.4368.

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.
Active Transportation Alliance

America Walks
America Walks is a national resource which fosters walkable communities by engaging, educating, and connecting walking advocates.
America Walks

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.
Bicycle Club of Lake County

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 American Bicyclists

League of Illinois Bicyclists
The League of Illinois Bicyclists is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois. Ride Illinois is a statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.
League of Illinois Bicyclists

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
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Top 10 Bike and Pedestrian Resources

Local Bike Shops
Trek Bicycle Store
Fit 2 Ride Velo

Illinois Secretary of State Publications
Bicycle Skills Course Instruction Manual
Illinois Rules of the Road
Normas de Tránsito. Illinois Rules of the Road (Spanish Version). 
Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road
Bicycle Safety Tips