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A bicycle commuter who rides four miles to work, five days a week, avoids 2,000 miles of driving and about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

Cook County Forest Preserve District unveils new recreation plan

The Cook County Forest Preserve District has just released its new Recreation Master Plan. The plan sets forth recommendations for improving and enhancing existing facilities, like walking and biking trails, as well as creating new recreation opportunities.

/Highlights from the plan related to walking and biking include:

  • 26 percent of people using forest preserves arrive via walking, biking and public transit;
  • Walking/hiking and biking are the top 2 ranked activites in which people participate at forest preserves;
  • Walking/hiking and biking are also the top 2 ranked activites prioritized by users for future use.

The plan also calls for the creation of a Trails Master Plan, which (among other things) would outline ways to improve trail crossings and connectivity, as well as develop trailhead standards and a wayfinding/mileage sign system.

Download the full plan here.