POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Roads and Bike Paths
Bicycle Illinois' routes are suitable
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.
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.
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
Road selection in more r