Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and Map
The Village's Comprehensive Bicycle Plan was approved in May 2010. Click here to view information on the plan and facility map.
Village Bicycle Fun Ride
2014 Bicycle Fun Ride
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is planning its annual Fun Ride for the July 4th weekend as part of the Village's Northwest Fast. Please check back here for information on the route. The ride is tentatively planned for Saturday July 5 in the morning.
Huntington Boulevard and Hassell Road Restriping for Bicycle Facilities
Following pavement work, these roads have been restriped to designate space for bicyclist to use the street. A combination of bicycle lanes and shared use lanes were used. Bicycle lanes are defined by the solid white lane and bicycle symbol on the pavement as well as regulatory signing. These lanes are reserved for bicyclists and are not to be used by vehicles. Shared lane markings or "Sharrows" are used when a designated bicycle facility is not wide enough to mark separate bicycle lanes. Bicycle lanes and shared lanes markings will be coming to other Village streets identified in the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan when pavement work is being done. Examples include Volid Drive and Bode Road to be done over the next two years.
What do sharrows mean for motorists and bicyclists?
• Expect to see bicyclists on the street
• Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
• Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane
• Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
Shared Lane Pavement Marking Illustration of Shared Lane Marking (Sharrow)
(source: MUTCD) (source: Text & Image - City of Seattle)
Link to Huntington Boulevard Striping Exhibit
Link to FHWA Safety Countermeasures website
Higgins Road Bicycle Path and Sidewalk Project
Work is complete for the bicycle path on the north side of Higgins Road from just east of Basswood to Apple. Pedestrian crossing signals were added at the Ash Road intersection. West of Apple, new sidewalk was constructed to fill in missing gaps through Roselle Road to the Village limit west of the bowling alley. A pedestrian bridge crosses the creek in front of the bowling alley. Please click here to see the project location map.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
2011 BICYCLE SIGNAGE PROJECT - COMPLETE
The Village applied for and was awarded a grant from the Cook County Department of Public Health to improve community health. Part of the grant paid for the installation of 18 miles of on-street bicycle route signage in the Village and was completed in 2011. The signs will help bicyclists reach key destinations. The new signs meet the latest federal standards plus include distance and direction information to help riders navigate along the new routes. The project helps to implement the Village Comprehensive Bicycle Plan, which identified 65 new miles of bicycle facilities. Please see a map highlighting the bicycle routes included in the project below.
2011 Bicycle Route Signage Project Map
BASSWOOD ROAD AND GOLF ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: The Village installed pedestrian crossing traffic signal equipment at the above intersection. The work was coordinated with the IDOT Golf Road resurfacing project in the fall of 2008. The pedestrian signal equipment is now in place and includes countdown timers, which is a new technology showing pedestrians how much time remains to cross the intersection. The following links provide additional information on countdown pedestrian signals.
PROJECTS IN PLANNING / DESIGN PHASES
The following projects are examples of those which would be eligible for state and federal funding sources such as STP and CMAQ.
Huntington / Harmon Corridor Bicycle Project
The project is a joint application between the Village and Hoffman Estates Park District
. The project would provide a continuous north / south bicycle corridor in the center of the Village, connecting the Bode Road bicycle path to the Community Center Ice Arena and Village Hall. Please click here
to view a project map. It was not selected for the most recent round of CMAQ funds so other means to implement this corridor will need to be explored.
I-90 Crossing adjacent to the CN Railroad Right of Way
The project application for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, a federal source of grant funds, was approved. The project is a joint effort among the Village, Hoffman Estates Park District
, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
. The scope will provide a paved bicycle / pedestrian undercrossing of I-90 west of the CN Railroad Right of Way to link the Shoe Factory Road path to the Prairie Stone Business Park. It will also involve paving the section of earth / gravel path between the CN Railroad Right of Way and IL-59. A connection from the multi-use trail on the north side of Shoe Factory Road to the Prairie Stone Business Park Nature Trail System will be created. Please click here
to view a project map. The Village is currently seeking interest from qualified engineering firms to prepare the required plans and documents. Construction is estimated to occur in 2015-16 and will be dependent upon receiving necessary State and federal approvals of the plans.
Central Road Bicycle Trail Project
The project would provide a bicycle trail on the north side of Central Road, along the frontage of the Huntington Woods Corporate center and connect with the recently completed bicycle trail in the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve. The path is the first part of a larger future Central Road path system ultimately stretching from Barrington Road to Roselle Road. Please click here
to view a project map.
OTHER PROJECTS WITH BICYCLE AMMENITIES In addition to stand alone bicycle projects, the Village is currently planning and designing many other projects with bicycle amenities. The projects are listed below. Please check the Road Construction Page for full project details
Shoe Factory Road (Multi-use Trail on north side from Essex Dr to east of Beverly Rd)
Beverly Road (Multi-use Trail on west side from Shoe Factory Rd to I-90)
Bode Road (Concept of Bike Lanes from Braintree Dr to East Bode Circle)
If you have any ideas for potential sidewalk project locations, please email them to us.
Cook County Forest Preserve Bicycle Facilities
The Cook County Forest Preserve maintains an extensive network of bike trails, with two loop systems in Hoffman Estates, the Poplar Creek Trail and the newly constructed Paul Douglas and Crabtree Bike Trail. You may also visit the Bike Trail Map site for the Cook County Forest Preserve for more maps of other forest preserve systems.
Northwest Municipal Conference Bike and Pedestrian Planning
The Northwest Municipal Conference approved regional corridor sign design. Two of these corridors are in Hoffman Estates - the Golf Road and Higgins Road regional corridors. As bicycle facilities are developed and designated along these long distance routes, the NWMC signing will help users identify they are on part of a regional system. Information on the signing and regional corridors can be found here.
An update of the bicycle plan for the northwest suburban area was completed by the Northwest Municipal Conference in 2010. The document discusses the update process, regional planning coordination, plus bicycle safety and education.
APA-CMS Complete Streets Presentation
The Village provided a presentation on the implementation of Complete Streets on May 16, 2011 discussing the design of Hassell Road. Please click here to view the presentation.
Truncated Domes Experimental Features Project
The Village completed an experimental features project to evaluate seven prefabricated truncated dome products. Truncated domes are round detectable warnings located where sidewalks intersect a street The results of the project are used to determine products for future use. The main finding from the project is to only install products with a compressive strength greater than 10,000 PSI.
Please click here to see a graph detailing percentage of truncated domes remaining vs. compressive strength for the seven prefabricated products tested, along with the stamped concrete method.
Upon request, a CD-ROM containing a summary report, pictures, movies and a presentation can be provided, please call 847-252-5800 for more information.
Please feel free to read the following two articles about the project.
How to Cross at a Traffic Signal
Please click here to view a an article in the May 2005 Village Citizen (Page 2) description of how to use pedestrian crossing equipment at a traffic signal.