North Branch Bike Trail Extension


The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) is planning to extend the North Branch Bike Trail from Devon Avenue to Foster Avenue through Edgebrook Woods, Indian Road Woods, Forest Glen Woods, and La Bagh Woods, ending on the east side of the Edens Expressway in the City of Chicago.


The new trail will provide the residents of Indian Road Woods, Old Edgebrook, Albany Park, Sauganash, and Forest Glen direct access to the existing North Branch Bicycle Trail.  This project will serve an important segment of the connection between the North Branch Trail and the City of Chicago Lakefront Trail.  Project planners and the FPDCC have given consideration addressing all models of transportation and preserving the scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, 


Federal funding was requested for the project to fund Phase I engineering, Phase II engineering and construction of the 4.2 miles of trail.  The project will include two bridges and one signalized at-grade railroad crossing.


The proposed plan is as follows:


Phase I (2010-2011)

Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Studies.


Phase II (2011 – 2012)

Detailed Design (Plan Preparation) and land acquisition.


Phase III (2012 – 2013)



                On Tuesday August 10, 2010, members of the IWCA Board met with project team members and FPDCC employees regarding the project.  A list of questions have been submitted to the project team managers and the Board has asked the team to present the project on September 21, 2010 at our next scheduled General Membership meeting. 


                The project will have a large impact on the Indian Woods Community, please try to attend this most important meeting.


Please find a copy of the FPDCC flyer here: North Branch Bike Trail Extension

The IWCA submitted official questions about the plan and have received the following responses:

FPDCC response to Jonathan Sladek

FPDCC response to Don Walsh