Agency Bicycling Initiatives
Given that sustainable, non-motorized transportation alternatives are a priority of the Governor's Office, there is a broad-based effort across State government to advance bicycling in Illinois.
The information below gives you a sense of the efforts unfolding across various State agencies.
Statewide Bikeway Councils
As dictated under the
Illinois Bikeway Act (605 ILCS 30),
the Secretary of Transportation serves as chair of Illinois' Inter-Agency Bikeway Coordinating Working Group (IBCWG).
The group meets quarterly and focuses on non-motorized issues such as Transportation Alternatives funding, State Bikeway Plan development and Complete Streets implementation.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources convenes an
Illinois Greenways and Trails Council
. The Council helps develop Illinois" Recreational Trails Program priorities, grant project eligibility criteria, and grant project evaluation criteria
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources also convenes a
Grand Illinois Trail Executive Council
with representatives from State and local government as well as public advocacy organizations.
The Illinois Secretary of State's Office publishes a
Bicycle Rules of the Road booklet
featuring general rules for all bicyclists.
ILSOS also participates in the "Illinoisans Share the Road" Campaign by offering special
Share the Road license plates.
All moneys in the Share the Road Fund shall be paid in grants to the
League of Illinois Bicyclists,
a not-for-profit organization, for educational programs instructing bicyclists and motorists how to legally and more safely share the roadways.
The Illinois State Police is responsible for enforcing many of the rules of the road delineated in the
Illinois Vehicle Code: Chapter 11
(Rules of the Road). The specific provisions related to bicycling can be found in
Article 15 (Bicycling) and
Article 7-03 (Overtaking a vehicle on the left).
The Illinois State Police publishes a
Safety is No Joke coloring booklet for kids on all aspects of safety, including bicycle and pedestrian safety. ISP also publishes a
Bicycle Safety Brochure
focusing on bicycle laws and safety techniques in Illinois.