Promoting Healthy Living
The City of Rock Island promotes healthy living with its numerous bike trails, bike lanes, and bike routes. The paths are scattered throughout the City and include on- and off-road corridors. The Rock Island Bicycle Map is helpful in planning the best possible route to take, whether for recreation or commuting.
There are numerous trails in and around Rock Island, including the Great River Trail and the Hennepin Canal Parkway. The Hennepin Canal Parkway is located south of the Rock River and follows the Hennepin Canal Greenway. The Great River Trail runs adjacent to the Mississippi River and is uninterrupted for 60 miles from Sunset Park in Rock Island to Savanna, Illinois. It provides picturesque views of the Mississippi while at times running through the downtown of several cities, including Rock Island, Moline, Cordova, and Savanna.
The City also has two designated bike lane corridors on major streets. The designated striped lanes are on Seventh Avenue between 17th Street and Mill Street (Sunset Marina) and on 17th Street between 31st Avenue and Blackhawk Road. The bike lanes provide cyclists a much safer experience on the roads. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club also has numerous valuable resources for biking in Rock Island and the Quad Cities.