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Bicycling and Complete Streets
With the completion of the 167th Street resurfacing project, the Village has embarked on an initiative to "complete" each street in Tinley Park. This means the Village is designing streets so that motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders are weighted equally in design considerations, allowing all to use the road in a safe manner.

The 167th Street Project: Tinley Park's First 'Complete Street'
stand-alone bike lane
Stand-alone bicycle lane

Striped bicycle lanes and shared lanes are provided along 167th Street between Harlem and 84th avenues. A typical stand-alone bicycle lane is a four- to five-foot-wide striped lane restricted to bicycle travel and is marked with a large white bicycle on the pavement. A shared lane is where traffic counts are low enough that bicycles and automobiles can safely share the lane.

In areas without street parking, bike lanes are delineated. In areas with parking, there is not sufficient roadway width to accommodate parking lanes, bike lanes and automobile travel lanes, so a shared lane is used, marked with a symbol called a "sharrow." (See photos and diagram.)

The principle behind a shared bike lane marked with sharrows is to reinforce the existing rules of the road in order to create safer conditions for bicycling. The sharrow symbols also calm and slow traffic because drivers know that bicycles could be sharing the roadway.

Sharrows are an effective, flexible alternative to striped bike lanes and can be used to improve cyclist safety and make needed connections in the bicycle route system. Signage and striping will designate the placement of both shared lanes and bicycle lanes on 167th Street.

View our map for details on where 167th Street bike lanes and sharrows are located.

A Model for Future Projects
This project has been selected for a case study by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

The Village's engineering firm in its study proposal stated that the project "can serve as a model for future projects that intend to take a 'Complete Streets' philosophy of design, especially in urban, developed areas."

How to Safely Share the Road
bike lane and sharrow
This diagram shows how to navigate a bike lane and a sharrow.
Because of Tinley Park's growing emphasis on the shared use of streets supported by the Village's Complete Streets PolicyActive Transportation Plan and Legacy Plan – residents and visitors must learn how to stay safe when driving or bicycling on a complete street.

A bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway that has been designated for the preferential use of bicyclists. Bike lanes are marked with a six-inch stripe, periodic bike symbols and arrows, and roadside signage. In a designated bike lane, cyclists should usually ride in the middle. Always be aware of motorists passing on your left.

Sharrows are lanes shared by bicyclists and parked cars. We expect cyclists to ride approximately through the center of the sharrow, paying attention to potential door openings on their right and motorists on their left. Use the sharrow symbol to guide you:
  • When parked cars are present, ride centered over the sharrow symbol.
  • When there are long stretches of roadway with no parked cars, ride as far to the right hand side of the roadway as practicable, allowing vehicles to safely pass.

Bicyclists should keep a straight line and not move in and out of parked cars and other obstacles. When sharing the lane with parked cars, keep a safe distance from the "door zone," as well as passing motorists.

Be aware that when a bike lane stripe turns into a dotted line, it means motorists can cross the lane to make turns. Bike riders should hold their position in the lane and be ready to slow down for motorists who won't yield.

Whether traveling next to a bike lane or a sharrow, motorists are expected to slow down and wait until the bicyclist can be passed safely. Gunning it past a cyclist to save 30 seconds on your travel time isn't worth the risk of injuring someone.

When you see a sharrow symbol, you are expected to share the road with cyclists and vice-versa. Be aware that cyclists have a reduced amount of space to safely ride between your moving car and parked cars, so slow down, give them room (at least three feet from your car) and pass only when safe to do so.

Read our FAQs for more safety tips and information on Tinley Park's first complete street. You also can visit the League of Illinois Bicyclists' website for education on how motorists and bicyclists can safely share the road.