Biking & Walking

Northbrook's terrain and easy access to major biking and walking trails make the Village an excellent place to bike or enjoy a run. This page is designed to help cyclists and pedestrians identify local routes and how to connect to regional paths.


​Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for Northbrook

The Village of Northbrook has begun work on a bicycle and pedestrian plan, which ultimately will guide residents, businesses, Village Staff, and Elected Officials on strategies to make Northbrook a more enjoyable place to walk and to ride bicycles. This plan seeks to connect the Central Business District, industrial areas, and major employers via sidewalks and bike routes. The Village is working with consultant Alta Planning and Design to create the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Alta representatives will set up at various locations to share and generate interest in the project. Please check the special Master Bike and Pedestrian Plan website for additional information and meeting events.


 Village Bicycling Routes & Major Sidewalks


The Village has an extensive network of bicycling routes and sidewalks that cross the Village and make for easy connections to public transportation. To see a map of the Village's routes and sidewalks with the locations of bicycle racks, ratings of route comfort-levels and notices on difficult intersections, please see the Know Your Neighborhood Bicycle Route Map. To see which routes are easiest to access from any given location, use the "Find Address" search bar located on the upper left-hand side of the map.

Connecting to Regional Routes


Northbrook's location means that the Village's bicycle routes can be easily used to access regional routes. See full map of the northern Chicagoland region at this link.


Registering Your Bicycle


As part of its services, the Northbrook Police Department does register residents' bikes at no cost. This free service can increase the chance of a stolen or lost bike being returned to you. Register your bike using our Bicycle License Application Form, or contact the Records Division at the Police Department at 847-564-2060.

Local Initiatives


The Village constantly seeks new methods for improving access for bicyclists and the walkability of the community. As part of this the Village has created an official Bicycle Task Force, which meets throughout the year. The Village also has a Master Bicycle Plan which helps guide the development of paths in the area.

The Village also works in partnership with local partners, such as Northbrook Park District, to improve connections between local and regional routes. For information on current and upcoming bicycle projects, please see the Construction and Development page.

The Northbrook Velodrome


Northbrook is home to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, a major cycling attraction owned and managed by Northbrook Park District. Learn more about the Velodrome on the Park District's website.


Bicycling Resources


For more information on bicycling and getting around the Chicagoland region, see the links below:
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County Interactive Map: This interactive map illustrates the local Forest Preserves biking routes and trails.
  • Ride Illinois: Ride Illinois is a nonprofit dedicated to improving statewide bicycling conditions. In addition to maps around the State's routes, Ride Illinois has an extensive bicycling safety library.