Bicycling in Palatine
Biking is a popular activity and a moderate form of exercise within the physical capabilities of most people. However, it need not be limited to weekend outings on designated trails. Although cycling is often thought of as just for recreation and exercise, nearly half (43%) of all bike trips are destination-based, and many more would be if better facilities existed.
Biking can be a great form of transportation, especially for short, local trips. National data indicate that 27% of all car trips are one mile or shorter; 40% are less than two miles. When cycling conditions are improved, people are more willing to use bikes instead of cars for these short trips, which benefits their health, pocketbooks and surrounding air quality.
Bicycle Transportation Plan
In July 2011, the Village adopted a Bicycle Transportation Plan with the goal of increasing bicycle commuting by creating a comprehensive and safe system of bicycle facilities that focus on travel to work, retail centers, schools, and recreational areas throughout the Village. With the help of a grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), the Village has been able to make improvements to help Palatine become more "bicycle-friendly." These improvements include adding additional bike routes and installing new route signage and pavement markings. These improvements are expected to be completed in mid-June. For more information, check out a few of our frequently asked questions regarding bicycling in the Village.