In 2016, the City of DeKalb was awarded “bronze” designation for The Illinois League’s Bicycle Friendly America program. This program provides a roadmap, hands on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA℠ program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.

Check out the "Bike Report Card"


In the past 5 years, this initiative has succeeded in creating and distributing maps of the bike trails, improving signage, raising public awareness of trails, and purchasing new bike racks. Working with partner organizations, we have:

  • produced more than 40 bike trail signs and 4 bike kiosks purchased and strategically placed throughout the community to help navigate the trails better.

  • helped to get the Kishwaukee Family YMCA path built.

  • helped connect the path by the Farm Bureau.

  • worked closely with DSATS (the DeKalb/Sycamore Area Transportation Study).


Together with DeKalb County Convention and Tourism Bureau, The DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb County Forest Preserve, and DeKalb County Government we have developed

  • PEDAL PAL is a way for local businesses, park districts, forest preserves, municipalities and others in DeKalb County to promote cycling by placing a decal on their establishment which signifies that they are bicycle friendly. Each location that displays the decal agrees to allow passing cyclists to come in and get a drink of water, use the bathroom and/or use the phone in case of emergency.

  • Businesses that display the PEDAL PAL decal will be included on the website as locations that are bicycle friendly.

  • To become a “Pedal Pal” organization, just go to and download an application. Please send completed application form to:

  • For more information you can contact the DeKalb County Forest Preserve at 815-895-7191.


LHDC coordinates with Northwestern Medicine to provide bike safety and helmets under their Think First program to first grade classrooms.


We work with local schools to offer:

  • bike safety education

  • bike rodeos

  • and other school events

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