Community Development - Bicycle Plan

The Village of Skokie Planning and Engineering Divisions along with a consultant team lead by Schreiber/Anderson Associates and Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. completed the Village's first comprehensive bike plan. The plan is part of the Transportation section of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Village of Skokie Bicycle Facilities Plan was adopted by the Village Board on July 21, 2003. The bike plan designates bike routes, bike paths, and on-street bike lanes for easier access to popular community destinations. The plan also suggests improvements, such as bicycle parking facilities and improved signage to identify routes. Dedicated bike lanes on Howard Street have been installed between Hamlin Avenue and Niles Center Road to complete the first east-west bike route. Signage has been provided on north-south and east-west bike routes throughout the Village. Additional bike parking has been installed at the Oakton-Skokie and Dempster-Skokie Swift stations, and at new developments throughout the Village as a result of bike parking requirements in the Village Code.

Skokie Valley Trail

The Village of Skokie was awarded a grant through the Model Communities Grant Program to prepare plans for the Skokie Valley Trail to be located along the ComEd right-of-way from Oakton Street south to the Village of Lincolnwood limits.  The Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control through the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.  The intent of the grant was to make suburban Cook County a healthier place to live, work, and play.  This grant was supplemented with $32,000 of Downtown TIF funds.

A concept plan was presented to the Appearance Commission and Village Board in 2011.  

During plan preparation, the Village was awarded a grant through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Grant Program to construct this southernmost segment of the Skokie Valley Trail.

This segment will connect to the segment north of Oakton Street, constructed in Spring 2012 on abandoned Union Pacific right-of-way, and the segment to the south of the Village limits, currently being designed by the Village of Lincolnwood.  When all trail segments are complete, the Skokie Valley Trail will connect Chicago to Waukegan.

Please submit questions about the Village's bicycle facility planning efforts to