Biking in Lombard

Lombard's Bike Paths

The Village of Lombard encourages residents and visitors alike to enjoy bicycling in our town. Lombard is fortunate to have two major bike ways that pass through the town in close proximity to the downtown area. North of St. Charles Road is the Great Western Trail and to the south is the Illinois Prairie Path.  

*Please be advised that water supplies to drinking fountains along the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail will be turned off in Fall when temperatures begin to reach 30 degrees overnight. This preventative action helps to minimize damage due to pipe freezing. Water will be restored to these locations in the Spring, when the average overnight temperatures increase and no longer register in the 30 degree range. 

Click Here for the Rules of the Road for Bicyclists from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office

Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists. 
  • When riding your bicycle on Illinois roadways, you must obey the same traffic laws, signs and signals that apply to motorists. 
  • Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic. Riding in the opposite direction of traffic is both dangerous and against the law. 
  • Motorists are required by law to allow at least 3 feet of space between them and a bicyclist when passing.
  • Make sure your bike is equipped for safety and working properly Every bike should have the required reflectors. Check the brakes often to see that they are working. The seat and handlebars should be securely attached and properly adjusted. Wearing a helmet may prevent you from being seriously injured in an accident.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars. Use a backpack or a bike carrier to hold your books, lunch or other items. Ride slower on wet streets, loose gravel or bumpy roads. 
  • Ride single file. Do not ride next to each other if possible. 
  • Always ride one to a bike. Your bike is harder to balance with another person on it, and a passenger may block your view of what’s around you.
  • Ride as close to the right edge of the road as practical. Certain conditions allow a bicyclist to move farther to the left if necessary, such as broken glass, drain grates, parked cars, left turns and passing. 
  • Ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against traffic. 
  • Slow down at intersections and railroad crossings to ensure it is safe to cross. 
  • Avoid riding at night. If you must ride in the dark, the law requires that your bike have a front light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a rear red reflector visible for up to 600 feet. Always wear white and/or reflective clothing when riding at night.

August 4, 2016
Lombard Debuts new bike friendly lanes as part of Village-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

LOMBARD, Illinois — The Village of Lombard’s Public Works Department is proud to announce that bike friendly lanes were added as part of recent improvements on Madison Street. These lanes will provide additional visual reminders to motorists to share the road with bicyclists, and were included in the Village’s first ever Village-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan adopted by the Village Board of Trustees in May 2016. 

The markings, denoting bike lanes and shared lanes, are located on Madison Street between Edson Ave. and Addison Ave. The completed bike lanes are the first of several bike friendly projects that are planned for implementation over the next two years. Earlier this year a flashing beacon system was installed at Main Street and the Illinois Prairie Path.  This improvement was included in the Village-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and is designed to increase visibility of the crossing path users. 

The newly added lanes are a combination of bike lanes which include a solid white line which identifies the dedicated portion of the road for bike travel only, and shared lane markings which remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists in areas that do not have a dedicated lane for bicycles. Delineated bike lanes are predominately located on westbound Madison St., and eastbound Madison is predominately shared lane markings.  By State law, motorists must give a three (3) foot passing distance to bicyclists when in a shared lane area.  This applies to all roadways in Lombard.   

“We’re glad to have these new additions to our community,” said Trustee Dan Whittington, Chairperson of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. “We’re fortunate to have two major bike trails running through our town and bicycling is a big part of our neighborhood. We’re looking forward to seeing how these new lanes and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Project continue to benefit alternatives to driving within Lombard.  The intent of these improvements is to provide accommodations for all forms of transportation on Lombard’s network of roads.”

The benefits of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan include green and healthy alternatives to driving within the Village, as well as resident access to regional trails including the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail, which connect communities from Chicago to Aurora. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was reviewed by the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and the Public Works and Environmental Concerns Committee prior to the Village Board of Trustees approval in May 2016. The goal of the plan is to create a framework for a safe and accessible network of bike friendly amenities that connect cyclists and pedestrians to popular destinations within Lombard. 
Bike Lane Photos Below
Top: Bike Lanes delineate bike only traffic sections of the road. 
Bottom: Shared lanes indicate that motorists should be aware of bicyclists and must share their lane. Shared lanes indicate that motorists are in bike lane areas, and that bicyclists are likely. 
bike lane
shared bike lane
March 13, 2016
Village Board Approves Village Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Lombard’s first ever Village wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was recommended by the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, was recently accepted by the Village Board of Trustees. This initiative will create a framework for a safe and accessible network of facilities that connect cyclists and pedestrians to popular destinations within Lombard, while meeting the needs of all ages and abilities.

The plan was developed in partnership with Alta Planning + Design and Active Transportation Alliance. The planning process included collecting information from an interactive online map that allowed users to mark popular bike and pedestrian routes, and online surveys. More than 700 people visited the online map, took the survey, met project planners at Cruise Nights, and attended public meetings. A stakeholder group including various agencies and organizations also collaborated on the planning process. As part of the plan, the Village has already completed a new flashing beacon system at the intersection of the Illinois Prairie Path and Main Street that allows path users to activate a flashing light system to warn drivers of their presence. The final plan recommendations include bike accommodations, crossing improvements, and path upgrades based on available funding.

 “The purpose of the plan is to respond to a rising need of bicyclists and pedestrians in the community,” said Village Civil Engineer Matthew Lew. “Lombard has access to both the Illinois Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail, which are visited by tens of thousands of people each year. We’re looking forward to providing these hobbyists, daily commuters, families, and the rest of our residents with safer options when it comes to bicycle riding or walking in Lombard.”

For more information please or contact Public Works at (630) 620-5740 or via Email.

February 19, 2016
New Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon System 

These specific systems were chosen for this location because they have Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approval and have been shown to increase driver yielding from 18% to 88% in FHWA studies. The RRFB systems were first introduced by Public Works staff, and presented to the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, which supported the concept and requested staff to identify funding sources to allow the installation.
The system consists of three stations along the Illinois Prairie Path and Main Street intersection including the east and west path entrances onto Main Street, and on the median island. Each station has a push button that pedestrians can activate. Upon activation, yellow lights will flash to notify drivers of the path users’ presence. Illinois State Law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in cross walks, and this system provides drivers with a clear warning of a pedestrian wishing to cross the street.

“We’re excited to have these additions to our Village,” said project supervisor and Public Works Civil Engineer Matthew Lew. “These RRFB systems are just part of our Village wide Bike and Pedestrian Project. We’re looking forward to working with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee as we move forward with making Lombard a more bike and pedestrian friendly community."


Additional Biking Resources

The following information is provided to aid in making your biking experience a great one! 

Regional Bicycling Bicycle Advocacy Organizations
     DuPage County Trails   
     Forest Preserve District of DuPage City      The Illinois Prairie Path     
     Kane County Trails      Rails to Trails Conservancy
     Fox Valley Trails       Ride Illinois
     Chicago Bike Map              
     I & M Canal Trail       
     IDOT Illinois Bicycling Information  
     Trails for Illinois   



 Great Western Trail Bridge Grand Opening 2013