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Friday, June 29, 2012

"Biking the 'Burbs"

Last weekend my uncle rode over 150 miles on his bike for charity and inspired me to reach out and look for places in the area for all of us to go biking. Let's look all the way back to Wednesday, May 16, 2012 and explore the community newspaper Suburban Parent. When I read this article, I couldn't wait to share all of these wonderful biking trails. The best part is, they are free!

Busse Woods Trail in Ned Brown Forest Preserve
Elk Grove Village and Rolling Meadows
Paved, 7.75 mile loop

Popler Creek Trail in Poplar Creek Forest Preserve
Hoffman Estates and Streamwood
Paved, 9 mile loop

Algonquin Road Trail in Paul Douglas Forest Preserve
Hoffman Estates
Paved, 7.5 mile circle

Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail in the DuPage County Trail System
Extends from Elgin to Wheaton
Mostly crushed limestone... look both ways before crossing the street!

DesPlaines River Trail in Lake County
Extends from Lake County to the Wisconsin Border
Try starting at "The Wright Woods Nature Preserve" off of Milwaukee Avenue just north of Half Day Road
Limestone, more than 30 miles

Fox River Trail/Prairie Trail in Kane and McHenry Counties
Montgomery to Richmond
40 miles

Millenium Trail in Lake County
Starts at Lakewood Forest Preserve and goes through Mundelein
Crushed limestone

And so many more were mentioned in the Suburban Parent article. The journalist, Neil Holdway, points out a few suburban bike riding websites to find more information.
~Links to maps and information
~Rails-to-Trails Conservancy link
~Active Transportation Alliance for the Suburbs and Chicago

Have fun and wear a helmet!

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