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Roads and Bike Paths


Bicycle Illinois' routes are suitable for all types for bicycles. You will never ride on a road or path whose suitability for cycling has not been personally verified by us directly in person.

Unless otherwise noted, our entire routes are on fully paved and smooth roads and bike paths.

Bike Paths
Because of the lack of vehicular traffic, we will follow paved bike paths whenever possible. Bike paths also tend to be easier to follow than roads.

When a bike path is available but unpaved, the surface will consist of a hard-packed, but loose, limestone or dirt surface that is suitable for road bikes. Fully paved, on road routes will always be available as an alternative to following the limestone paved sections if you do not wish to ride on any unpaved surfaces.

Roads
We follow roads deemed to be the most suitable for bicycling in each area by authorities such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Active Transportation Alliance, the Indiana Bicycle Coalition, Google Maps, local bike clubs and shops, and individual cyclists familiar with the area. Although the type of road surface will vary, you will never have to ride on any dirt or gravel roads.

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