Bikeways Program

BIkeways Program

Building the best bike network in the country. Crossing barriers, providing low-stress options, and serving the meaningful destinations in people's lives.

Building a connected network
448 miles of bikeways and growing faster than ever before
Partnering with communities

75% of bikeway network expansion has been on Chicago's South and West sides
Providing low-stress options

85% of planned projects are protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways

The Chicago Cycling Strategy

A safe, comfortable, and connected cycling network that serves all of Chicago not only improves and expands our city's transportation system—it also helps to make our communities healthier, cleaner, more vibrant, and more equitable. Biking continues to grow throughout Chicago, and we're witnessing a tremendous shift in who is riding a bike, the types of trips made by bike, and how biking is recognized as an essential transportation option. CDOT’s Chicago Cycling Strategy outlines an equitable and efficient approach to implementing a cycling system that better serves everyone.


Explore the Network

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Types of Bikeways

Learn about different types of bikeways to help plan your route

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Existing Bike Network

Find the best biking streets for getting around the city

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Planned Bike Projects

Look ahead at scheduled projects and track their progress

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Featured Projects & Innovations

Read about featured projects, methods, and materials 

Featured Project

Concrete Curb Upgrades to Bike Lanes

As part of CDOT's commitment to building low-stress bikeways, the department is installing concrete curbs as upgrades to existing bike lanes and as part of new installations. 

Featured Publications

Additional CDOT Programs for Biking

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SAFE Ambassadors

The outreach and engagement team within CDOT that conducts direct outreach and education at hundreds of public events each year, providing free learn-to-ride lessons for adults and children, teaching safe mobility skills at elementary schools, and in high school driver education modules.

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Bike Parking

CDOT provides free public bike parking throughout Chicago. More than 17,000 bike racks and on-street bike corrals have been installed. Learn more and request a bike rack at a local destination.

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Chicago’s public bike sharing system with hundreds of stations and thousands of bikes across Chicagoland.

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Bike Chicago

CDOT’s ambitious effort to distribute 5,000 free bicycles to Chicagoans who need them.

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Scooter Sharing

Shared scooters are available for rent in Chicago through the Divvy bikeshare system as well as through three companies awarded business licenses to operate: Lime, Spin and Superpedestrian.

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