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Plan Contents

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 Four:
Establish bikeways to priority destinations.


4.1 Establish bikeways to elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. Identify safe, convenient routes and the priority destinations. Establish bike lanes wherever appropriate.
4.1.1 Performance Measures: Identify priority locations for new or improved bikeways in 2006. Establish bikeways to 25 – 50 educational institutions by 2007, and to an additional 10 – 20 by 2010.
4.2 Connect bikeways to adjoining municipalities. Work with adjoining municipalities to establish seamless connections to their bikeways, so that there are continuous and clearer connections.
4.2.1 Performance Measure: Connect bikeways to 5 adjoining municipalities by 2007.
4.3 Establish or enhance existing bikeways to transit stations. On-street bikeways currently serve 47 of the 124 CTA stations in Chicago and 22 of the 76 Metra stations. Identify priority stations to serve and safe, convenient routes. Establish bike lanes where appropriate. Develop a Bike to CTA and Bike to Metra signage program.
4.3.1 Performance Measures: Establish new or enhanced bikeways to 10 – 20 transit stations by 2008 and to an additional 10 – 20 transit stations by 2015.
4.3.2 Best Practice: State of Maryland, Maryland Transit Administration, Access 2000
4.4 Identify the locations for new crossings over the Chicago River, Calumet River, North Shore Channel, and Sanitary and Ship Canal. Waterways can be barriers to bicycling, requiring cyclists to use arterial roads with higher traffic volumes and speeds. Consider using de-commissioned bridges, to reduce costs.
4.4.1 Performance Measures: Identify 2 – 3 priority crossings and prepare cost estimates by 2007.
4.5 Establish bikeways to and within the Loop. Identify safe, convenient routes for north-south and east-west access to and through the Loop.
4.5.1 Performance Measure: Establish 2 north-south bikeways and 4 east-west bikeways to and within the Loop by 2010.
4.6 Improve access to the Lakefront Trail and other popular trails.
4.6.1 Performance Measure: Create or upgrade 5 – 10 access points 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, Hazard Elimination Fund, and motor fuel taxes; Federal Transit Administration; Illinois Department of Transportation; Cook County Highway Department; Chicago Transit Authority; Metra; Chicago Department of Transportation.

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