Palatine Trail is a bicycle, hiking, and nature trail which extends through the Palatine Park District. Combining paved trail with designated side streets, Palatine Trail provides access to schools, Harper College, neighborhood parks, Palatine Hills Golf Course, and several other northwest suburban bike trails.
Safety Along the Palatine Trail
Guidelines for All Users
- Stay to the right on the trail
- Give warning before passing on the left
- Move off the trail when stopped
- Obey all stop signs
- Wear bright or reflective clothing
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited
Guidelines for Cyclists
- Always wear a helmet
- Ride single file
- Yield right of way to pedestrians
- When riding at night, equip your bike with a headlight and reflectors
- Use a moderate recreational speed of 12 mph
- Speed training and racing are prohibited
- Traffic laws apply to cyclists where trail crosses or runs along roads
- Use hand signals for turns and stops
Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz Challenge
Test your bike safety knowledge! Discover relevant laws and best safety strategies for sharing the road successfully. Created by Ride Illinois, a nonprofit organization working statewide for better bicycling conditions. Online quizes are available for child bicyclists, adult bicyclists, motorists, and driver's education students.
Village of Palatine Bicycle Transportation Plan
In 2016, the Village of Palatine added a variety of bicycle-related improvements to village road as part of ongoing implementation of the Village's Bicycle Transportation Plan adopted in 2011. Riders, runners, walkers, and drivers should make themselves familiar with these Bike Route and Bike Lane improvements.
- Quiet residential streets with little to no on-street parking.
- Low traffic volumes
- Designated by green Bike Route signs, no pavement markings.
- Streets with no parking, no bike lane, and high traffic counts.
- Designated by green Bike Route signs, and bicycle pavement markings (sharrows).
- Streets with parking, with higher traffic counts; usually a divided road.
- Designated by shared bike/parking signs, green Bike Route signs, solid white line seven feet from curb, bicycle markings (sharrows) outside the shared lane.
- Riders will ride outside the bike lane when cars occupy the shared parking area.
- Streets that prohibit parking that are also wide enough to accommodate the required width for both vehicular and bicycle lanes.
- Designated by black signs, solid white pavement stripe five feet from curb, bicycle markings (sharrows) inside the bike lane.
Traveling East to West
|Anderson Drive to Williams Drive||1.0 mi|
|Williams Drive to Hicks Road Rest Area||0.9 mi|
|Hicks Road Rest Area to Ashwood Park||0.6 mi|
|Ashwood Park to Golf Course Parking Lot||1.3 mi|
|Golf Course Parking Lot to Quentin & Dundee Roads||0.9 mi|
|Total (Anderson Drive to Quentin & Dundee Roads||4.7 mi|
Traveling North to South
|Ashwood Park to Community Center||0.8 mi|
|Community Center to Riemer Reservoir||1.1 mi|
|Riemer Reservoir to Quentin & Palatine Roads||0.4 mi|
|Palatine Road to Heron Park||1.2 mi|
|Heron Park to Illinois Avenue||0.7 mi|
|Illinois Avenue to Peregrine Park||1.3 mi|
|Euclid Avenue to Quentin Road||0.5 mi|
|Harper College Drive to Quentin Road||0.5 mi|
|Total (Riemer Reservoir to College Hill Circle)||5.3 mi|
|Total (Ashwood Park to College Hill Circle)||6.7 mi|
Play in the Parks
Enjoy the following outdoor amenities throughout Palatine!
Disc Golf Course
Plum Grove Reservoir
Palatine Hills Golf Course
* Fees apply.
** Winter only amenities.
Palatine Guide to Parks & Trails Sponsors