Bike Walk Des Plaines works to improve conditions for citizens by making walking and biking safer and more convenient in our City.
As a community-driven organization we promote walking and cycling for transportation, fun and fitness while seeking to raise money and awareness for new, safe and expanded infrastructure and streetscapes, These improve accessibility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
We accomplish this through advocacy, educational programs and bike rides from urban areas to nearby parks and recreational facilities.
BWDP was founded to inspire, empower, motivate, and mobilize members of the local community to challenge themselves, to work as a team, and to make a positive impact in support of a healthy and clean energy future.
Projects and Activities:
Annual Bike Ride
We organize a family friendly ride along the Des Plaines river trail, followed by food, music and games.
Cumberland Terrace Park Bridge
On July 1 2021 we were delighted to be part of the opening ceremony for this link between two popular city parks. The bridge connects communities and opens up new transportation options for local residents.
Bike Walk Des Plaines was involved in the early days of this project and has worked with the local community and government to help see it realized.
S - Curve Cycle and Walking Path
A much needed improvement, this would offer safe access to downtown for travelers coming from the north-west side of the city along Northwest Highway.
Traffic Light Timings
Sometimes they are just badly set up. We work with the city to have them adjusted so they are safer and sensible for everyone.
Bike to School Days
Bicycle Repair Stations
Do you have a project you would like to see done in your neighborhood?
Let us know!
Serve as a clearinghouse for ideas for bike and pedestrian-related improvements
Encourage and foster education for riders and motorists
Encourage biking and walking for recreation and transportation
Serve as a conduit to City Government to make them aware of community support for bike and pedestrian issues, safety concerns, and potential improvement to streets and paths
Identify and support manageable number of specific achievable improvements.
Identify relevant authorities; evaluate feasibility
Stay abreast of construction projects in order to assure that bike- and pedestrian-friendly measures are incorporated
Fund community outreach programs on the health benefits associated with biking and walking
Host Charity Bike Rides and other bike related events