Biking in Park Ridge
Given its compact, small-town nature, many destinations in Park Ridge are within easily bikeable distances. Biking and walking increase the health of our residents and decrease traffic congestion. The City of Park Ridge formed a Bike Task Force in September 2016. The mission of the Task Force is to identify and pursue improvements that will make biking accessible and safe for all citizens.
One of the goals of the Task Force is to update the 2005 Bike Plan and pursue resources to implement the new plan. Ride Illinois and the Active Transportation Alliance are working on an updated plan. Additional bike parking, bike lanes, safer intersections, and signage will improve the environment for biking in Park Ridge.
Below are resources that can help you get around on a bike in Park Ridge.
Bike Route Map
The bike routes on the 2005 Bike Route Map are currently marked with signs and not with pavement markings.
The Bike Task Force is currently working with Ride Illinois and the Active Transportation Alliance to refresh the 2005 Bike Plan.
Biking to Transit Stations
Avoid parking hassles and try riding to the train station!
Bike parking is available at both the Park Ridge and Dee Road Metra stations. In general, bikes are allowed on Metra trains outside of rush hour. Click here for Metra's bike policy.
Bike parking is also available at the Cumberland and Harlem CTA stations, including inside the stations. Click here for information on CTA's Bike & Ride Initiatives.
It is important to always ride safely. Ride with traffic, not against it. Use hand signals and eye contact to communicate with drivers. Cyclists have the same rights to the road as cars. Traffic laws, signs, and signals also apply to cyclists - ignoring them hurts public perception of bikers.
Children and adults should always wear a bike helmet. Advocate Children’s Hospital offers a yearly program where families can purchase toddler, youth and adult bicycle and multi-sport helmets for $11. Free fitting services are also available. Please visit Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's website for more information.
Potholes are dangerous to cars and bikes alike. Call the Park Ridge Public Works Service Center at (847) 318-5240 to report potholes.
For more information on Bike Safety, visit the Ride Illinois website.
Residents may register their bicycles at no charge with the Police Department. Bring your bike to the Police Station entrance at 200 Vine Avenue to fill out a registration form.
Please provide the brand name, the model, style and the size of the bike. A tag will be issued to place on your bike and you will receive a copy of the registration. Bicycle registration greatly increases your chance of recovering your bike if it is ever lost or stolen.
Bike Advocacy Organizations and Additional Information
Bike Task Force
The Bike Task Force meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Bike Plan Survey
Are you interested in getting around town more on your bike?
The City of Park Ridge Bike Task Force, in partnership with Ride Illinois and the Active Transportation Alliance, is gathering input from the community to develop a Bike Plan to guide bike-friendly improvements (bike lanes, etc.) in Park Ridge.
Please take a few minutes to answer this short survey!