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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 Five:
Help current and potential bicyclists choose safe, convenient routes.


5.1 Develop and widely distribute a new Lakefront Trail map. The Lakefront Trail is the most popular bikeway in Chicago. A trail map is a cost-effective way to help bicyclists and other trail users select the best routes and promote trail safety. A map of the trail is not readily available, however. Seek private sector sponsorship in order to reduce costs.
5.1.1 Performance Measure: Publish a minimum of 50,000 copies of a Lakefront Trail map per year, beginning in 2007.
5.1.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL; Chicago Bike Map
5.2 Collect data to identify popular bikeways and the impact of Bike 2015 Plan strategies. Data needs include bike counts on roads and trails, counts before and after a bikeway is constructed, and surveys to determine what facilities would have the greatest use.
5.2.1 Performance Measure: Collect appropriate data on an annual basis, beginning in 2007.
5.3 Provide detour routes and signage. Maintain bicycle access whenever a bikeway is closed or disrupted for a significant period. Provide advance warnings and a safe detour route.
5.3.1 Performance Measure: Develop and implement standards for detours on streets with bikeways by 2007.
5.3.2 Best Practices: Denver, CO; Corvallis, OR; Chicago, IL, South Lake Shore Drive reconstruction
5.4 Provide interactive online mapping to enable bicyclists to develop personalized maps. Enhance the Bicycle Program’s Web site to enable bicyclists to input the addresses of their origin and destination and receive detailed maps, much like motorists can get. Bicyclists would easily find out what bikeways are available within the specified area and be able to print customized maps.
5.4.1 Performance Measure: Add an interactive online mapping feature to the Bicycle Program’s Web site by 2007.
5.4.2 Best Practices: Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), Los Angeles, CA, Bike Metro; Metropolitan Transportation Commission, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, 511 BikeMapper; Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program
5.5 Install bicycle information boards at critical junctures in the bikeway network to provide bicyclists detailed route information. If successful, expand initiative.
5.5.1 Performance Measure: Install 5 – 10 bicycle information boards by 2009.
5.5.2 Best Practice: Vancouver, B.C.

Possible Funding

Federal and state transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Surface Transportation Program, and federal traffic safety (Section 402) funds; City of Chicago; Chicago Park District; private sector.

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