Schaumburg's forward-looking and award-winning Bicycle Program was developed in 1979 with creation of a Bikeways Advisory Committee and development of a comprehensive map detailing locations for current and future bike paths/routes. It was during the 1970s that the village adopted a multimodal approach to transportation planning with the integration of bicycling as one of the key components to create a more livable community. The last major revision to the Plan was in 1999; however, there have continued to be edits and updates throughout the years. In 2011, the village received funding for review of the Plan by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) who provide the village with a document of suggested updates. The village anticipates enacting many of the suggested actions over the years to come.
Schaumburg's Bikeways Advisory Committee continues to guide the development of Schaumburg's Bicycle Program. The Committee is composed of Schaumburg residents, a Hoffman Estates resident, a member from Schaumburg's Zoning Board of Appeals, the Plan Commission, the Park District, and School District 54, and staffed by Schaumburg's Transportation, Engineering and Public Works, and Police Departments.
With this early green effort continuing to flourish, Schaumburg now has: 90 miles of bike path, 1,000 bike parking rack and locker spaces, bicycle racks on village trolleys, bicycle parking at the Metra Station and the Northwest Transportation Center, a community-based bicycle club, and links with each of our neighbors and throughout the Chicago region.
Among the accomplishments, Schaumburg was the first community in Illinois to require bicycle parking be a part of many of the new developments that were springing up in the village. Schaumburg was also the first community in Illinois recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community, and was recertified with a Bronze level designation by the League in its most recent review of our program.
Schaumburg places great emphasis on community involvement in our Bicycle Program by sponsoring and hosting two annual biking events - Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg and Bike to Work Week activities, as well as past sponsorship of events like the Tour of Schaumburg-Elk Grove in 2008, which brought an internationally sanctioned bicycle racing event to the village.
Schaumburg has also engaged the community with programs like the Adopt-A-Bike Path Program, which boasts participation by over 200 persons to help maintain the pristine nature of Schaumburg's bike paths. In June, 2009 volunteers came from as far as Tennessee to participate in a clean-up program sponsored by a local Schaumburg church.
2009 marked the 30th anniversary of Schaumburg's Bicycle Program. As Schaumburg's bike paths near build out, focus has expanded to further advancing links with our neighbors and advocacy, with representation on Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Bike and Pedestrian Task Force and the Northwest Municipal Conference's Bike Planning and Policy Committee. With continued dedication and commitment to bicycling, Schaumburg will remain a preeminent leader in bikeway planning.
For further information on Schaumburg’s Bicycle Program and to order one of Schaumburg’s pocket-sized bike path maps, contact the Transportation Department at 847.923.3861.