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Executive Summary


Chapter 1
Bikeway Network

Chapter 2
Bicycle-friendly Streets

Chapter 3
Bike Parking

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6
Marketing and
Health Promotion

Chapter 7
Law Enforcement
and Crash Analysis

Chapter 8
Bicycle Messengers





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Chapter 1

Objective Two:
Establish new trails, improve existing trails, and improve access to trails.


2.1 Construct grade-separated connections at appropriate locations to connect trails and provide safe crossings of busy roadways. Maintain safe trail access to the roadway.
2.1.1 Performance Measures: Identify the priority 3 – 5 locations to establish grade-separated connections in 2006. Construct them by 2015.
2.1.2 Best Practices: Chicago, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Davis, CA
2.2 Regularly update trail planning, design, and construction standards. Wherever possible, trails should be wide enough to accommodate all users. Adjacent soft surfaces for running may be appropriate.
2.2.1 Performance Measures: Update the Chicago Park District’s trail planning, design and construction standards on a regular basis. Ensure that new City of Chicago and Chicago Park District trails reflect these standards.
2.2.2 Best Practice: Portland, OR
2.3 Ensure that trails built as a condition of development approval are designed and built to appropriate standards. Ensure that trails are the appropriate width and safely connect to the street network and/or existing trails.
2.3.1 Performance Measures: Apply trail standards (refer to Strategy 2.2.) and establish a monitoring process by 2007.
2.3.2 Best Practice: Calgary, AB
2.4 Establish a trail circuit to permit a long recreational or fitness bike ride in Chicago. Enable cyclists to have a long bike ride without having to leave the city, by connecting existing trails and, where necessary, using streets. Connect to trails in adjacent municipalities.
2.4.1 Performance Measures: Establish a minimum 50-mile Chicago trail circuit by 2008; relocate the street routes to new trails as they are completed.
2.5 Establish the trails recommended in the Chicago Trails Plan. This plan identifies 40 existing and possible trails. Priority projects include the 130th Street Connector, Marquette Park Trail, Calumet River Trail, Valley Line, Bloomingdale Line, boulevard bikeways, and linking the North Branch Trail to the North Branch Riverwalk. Establish trails along abandoned (or underutilized) rail corridors, waterfront corridors, greenways, and utility easements. Ensure that new trails provide safe, direct connections to the on-street bikeway network and, where appropriate, to adjacent municipalities.
2.5.1 Performance Measure: Establish 3 – 5 new trails by 2015.
2.5.2 Best Practices: Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR; Calgary, AB
2.6 Establish the new trails, trail improvements, and new trail access points recommended in the South Lakefront Access Study and Chicago Park District Framework Plans. These studies identify 5.5 miles of new trails, 1.5 miles of bike lanes, 17 access points, and 6 routes to Indiana. Priority projects include routing through McCormick Place; access bridges at 35th, 41st, and 43rd Streets; an improved crossing of Cornell Drive at the Midway Plaisance; and an underpass at 67th Street. Ensure that new trails provide safe, direct connections to the on-street bikeway network and, where appropriate, to adjacent municipalities.
2.6.1 Performance Measure: Establish 20 – 30 of the 44 recommended projects by 2015.
2.6.2 Best Practices: Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR
2.7 Upgrade and extend existing trails. Improve existing trails to meet current standards (refer to Strategy 2.2). Improve safety at high accident locations. Ensure that trails provide safe, direct connections to the on-street bikeway network and, where appropriate, to adjacent municipalities. Wherever possible, trails should be continuous. Priority projects include improving and extending the Lakefront Trail, North Branch Trail and Riverwalk, North Shore Channel Trail, and Des Plaines River Trail.
2.7.1 Performance Measure: Upgrade or extend trails at 5 – 10 locations by 2015.

Possible Funding

Federal and state transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Surface Transportation Program, Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Bike Path Grant Program and Recreational Trails Program; City of Chicago; Chicago Open Space Impact Fee; Chicago Park District; Cook County Forest Preserve District; private sector.

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