The Village of Norridge is currently in the process of creating a
series of bike routes throughout its borders showing residents and
visitors how to get to important locations within the village and just
outside its limits. The village allows bikers to use the sidewalk to
avoid car traffic, so the bike routes were designed with that in mind.
Even though bikers can go down any sidewalk, the idea is to post signs
along sidewalks that will get them to locations such as the forest
preserve, Harlem and Irving Plaza shopping center, and the village hall.
By using GIS, the village was able to create a map showing all
important locations in the village as well as ones just outside the
village limits. They were then able to draw bike routes along streets by
using the available aerial imagery, therefore allowing the village to
draw routes that were direct and were along streets with sidewalks. Once
the proposed routes were completed, a proposed bike route map was
created for review.