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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 Six:
Prioritize ongoing maintenance and repair of the bikeway network.


6.1 Maintain bike lanes in excellent condition. Proper maintenance of bike lanes is an important consideration in people’s decision to bicycle and a key factor in bicycle safety. Ensure safety through enhanced maintenance, including regular inspections, replacing worn pavement markings and bike symbols, replacing damaged signs, sweeping away debris, repaving streets, and repairing potholes.
6.1.1 Performance Measures: Inspect the bike lane network 3 – 4 times per year, issuing work orders to address maintenance issues, beginning in 2006. Sweep streets with bike lanes at the same frequency as the sweeping of arterial streets, beginning in 2006.
6.1.2 Best Practice: Boulder, CO
6.2 Ensure prompt repair of pavement cuts on streets with bikeways. Pavement cuts can cause bicyclists to lose control, resulting in accidents and injuries. Require private contractors and utility companies that damage bikeways to repair them immediately to a specified standard. Where necessary, require non-skid plates with beveled edges or edges built up with asphalt. Place plates to cover the pavement cut with minimum gap openings (to prevent catching bicycle tires) and with proper securing so that motorized vehicles cannot knock the plates loose.
6.2.1 Performance Measures: Bikeways repaired to a designated standard within 4 weeks of pavement cuts.
6.3 Upgrade the on-street bikeway network on a regular basis. Opportunities exist to establish continuous bikeways by narrowing or, where appropriate, removing travel lanes, and upgrading older bike lanes to current standards. Identify and fill in gaps in the network, to provide continuous routes. Where possible, extend bike lanes to intersections.
6.3.1 Performance Measure: Upgrade 10 – 25 locations per year, beginning in 2006.
6.3.2 Best Practice: York, England
6.4 Identify and immediately replace grates that trap bicycle wheels. Sewer grates currently installed in Chicago are “bicycle friendly.” Some existing grates are dangerous, however. Place new and replacement grates outside the bikeway, where possible.
6.4.1 Performance Measure: Establish and implement procedures in 2006 to identify dangerous grates and have them replaced as soon as possible.
6.4.2 Best Practices: San Francisco, CA; Calgary, AB
6.5 Retrofit metal grate bridges to make them safer for bicycling. Grooves on some metal grate bridges can cause bicycle tires to pull, creating a “channeling effect,” making bicycling uncomfortable, even dangerous. Also, under wet conditions, the metal grates can become slippery, especially for narrow bicycle tires.
6.5.1 Performance Measures: Retrofit 5 – 10 priority metal grate bridges by 2010. Ensure that the remaining bridges on bikeways identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan are bicycle-friendly by 2015.
6.5.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL

Possible Funding

Federal and state transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Surface Transportation Program, Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, and Hazard Elimination Fund; Illinois Department of Transportation; Cook County Highway Department; Chicago Department of Transportation; Streets and Sanitation Department; Department of Water Management; Chicago Park District; utility companies; developers; private contractors.

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