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Old 09-19-06, 09:01 PM   #1
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From Chicago (Schaumburg) to Madison, nonstop

From Woodfield Mall area, in Schaumburg, IL to UW-Madison. To get there, you usually take 90W for ~122 miles.

The only problem is that 90W can get really dangerous, especially during the constructions areas. Would it be possible for me to ride all the way from here to Madison? Should I? What route should I take?

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Old 09-19-06, 09:24 PM   #2
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I would think that it's possible. This site might help you plan the Wisconsin part of the route:

http://www.dot.state.wi.us/travel/bi...countymaps.htm
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Old 09-20-06, 07:28 AM   #3
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And this will help with the Illinois portion of your route: http://www.dot.il.gov/bikemap/bikehome.htm
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You're my hero! I want to try 100+ miles someday too. Let us know how it goes, and stay safe.
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Old 09-21-06, 10:13 AM   #5
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It is against the law to ride a bicycle on the interstate in Wisconsin, I'm unsure about Illinois. Good luck maybe some of Hwy 12,14 or Il 59 would be better and still fairly direct route.
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operating anything UNDER 250cc on the freeways in IL is illegal. Do NOT ride your bike on the freeways/tollways.
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Well, Illinois' bike route planner is absolutely worthless. I don't know if I'll be able to pull this one off - the only direct route is along 90W...
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Perhaps a more straightforward approach is to use a travel search engine such as mapquest or yahoo maps and simply select the option which avoids highways. There is typically a U.S. Route that runs more or less parallel to superhighways (it might be US 18 in this instance). However, some of US 18 in Wisconsin is not available to bicycles, and is more of a limited access highway in nature. Route 14 can take you some of the way from Janesville, but when you get to the east side of Madison you'll have to go local roads/streets since 14 becomes part of the Beltline, which is like highway.
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Old 09-25-06, 07:30 PM   #9
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From Higgens and Roselle

North Roselle
Left W. Central Rd.
Right Ela Rd.
Left Bradwell Rd.
Right Barrington Rd.
Left Lake Cook Rd.
Right Hart Rd.
Right Cuba Rd.
Left Old Barrington Rd.
Left Old Barrington Rd.
Right Kelsey Rd., turns into River Rd.
Left Roberts Rd.
Left Rawson Ridge Rd.
Left Rawson Ridge Rd.
Right Crystal Lake Rd.
Left Crystal lake Ave.
Right Terra Cotta Rd.
Left Hillside Rd.
Right Hillside Rd.
Right S Country Club Rd.
Right Fair St.
Left E. Calhoun
Right S Hayward St.
Left W Jackson St., turns into Kishwaukee Valley Rd.
Right County Line Rd.
Left Hunter Rd.
Right Burr Oak Rd.
Left E CR J
Right E CR J
Left E CR J
Right Mill St.
Left Milwaukee
Right S CR J
Left E CR J
Right S CR J
Left E Townline Rd.
Right S CR J
Left E CR O, turns into E Delavan Dr.
Right Beloit Ave.
Left S Main St.
Right Centerway St.
Left N Parker Dr.
Left E Memorial Drive, turns into W CR A
Right N Tuttle Rd., turns into N Wilder Rd.
Left Hwy 59
Right Hwy 138
Right Hwy 138 (Hauge Rd.)
Left Hwy 138
Left Asker Rd. (CR A)
Right Wolfe St.
Left Janesville St., turns into Jefferson St.
Right Fish Hatchery Rd.
Left Park St.
End at University Ave.

About 130 miles total, some roads are are busy but nothing too terrible.
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Old 09-25-06, 07:33 PM   #10
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you could just buy the Chicagoland map from the Chicago Bike Federation (www.biketraffic.org) and then the south central map from WISDOT, available at any WI bike shop or by phone from Wheel and Sprockett. They're both color coded for friendliness- only the IL one has red=good and the WI one has green=good.
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