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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 3:
Bike Parking

Providing convenient, secure places to park is an inexpensive and effective way to encourage bicycling. This chapter identifies five objectives designed to increase the availability of short-term (less than two hours) and long-term (e.g., indoor) bike parking throughout Chicago.

Expanding the Chicago Department of Transportation’s bike parking program (Objective 1) involves partnering with universities, hospitals, and other institutions to install bike parking on their properties. Another strategy is to help establish bike parking inside office buildings, since this is a key way to encourage people to bicycle to work.

Installing bike parking with new development and construction (Objective 2) will significantly increase the number of bike parking spaces, at minimal cost to the city. Providing bike parking at train stations (Objective 3) will encourage bicycling and increase transit ridership.

Providing bike parking at large events and sports facilities (Objective 4) encourages people to bicycle to these venues. Strategies include providing valet bike parking at large events, such as the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Air and Water Show, and establishing indoor or sheltered bike parking at large sports facilities.

Encouraging bike storage at multi-family residential buildings (Objective 5) involves establishing indoor bike parking and outdoor bike parking sheds for long-term bike parking.

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Provide convenient and secure short-term and long-term bike parking throughout Chicago.

Performance Measures
Install 5,000 bike racks and 1,000 long-term bike parking spaces installed by 2015.


  1. Expand the Chicago Department of Transportation’s bike parking program.
  2. Install bike parking with new development and construction.
  3. Provide bike parking at train stations. (See Chapter 4: Transit; Objective 4)
  4. Provide bike parking at large events and sports facilities.
  5. Encourage bike storage facilities at existing multi-family residential buildings.
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