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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

Objective One:
Expand the Chicago Department of Transportation’s bike parking program.


1.1 Continue installing outdoor (short-term) bike racks. Between 1993 and 2004, Chicago installed 10,000 bike racks on public property, more than any other city in the United States. The city should continue this popular program but at a slower pace, given the number of bike racks now available.
1.1.1 Performance Measure: Install between 400 – 500 bike racks per year, beginning in 2005.
1.1.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL
1.2 Install bike parking inside office buildings. Providing indoor bike parking is one of the most effective ways to encourage people to bicycle to work. Less than 250 office buildings in Chicago currently provide indoor bike parking, however. Indoor bike parking can often be established with minimal effort and expense. Partner with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and other appropriate organizations to publicize this service.
1.2.1 Performance Measures: Provide free consulting services to encourage the installation of indoor bike parking at 15 – 25 buildings per year, beginning in 2005.
1.3 Provide long-term bike parking for employees at buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. If successful, expand and improve initiative.
1.3.1 Performance Measure: Pilot long-term bike parking in 5 – 10 buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies in 2006.
1.3.2 Best Practice: San Francisco, CA
1.4 Partner with public institutions (e.g., universities, hospitals) to install short and long-term bike parking on their properties. Providing bike parking for employees, visitors, and students encourages bicycling, increasing the overall parking capacity of these institutions at minimal cost.
1.4.1 Performance Measure: Partner with 3 – 5 public institutions per year, beginning in 2006.
1.5 Encourage installation of bike parking at retail locations. Shopping centers and other retail outlets often have insufficient bike parking. Whatever bike parking is provided is often inconveniently located and/or poorly designed, further discouraging use. Providing bike parking is an inexpensive way to encourage people to shop by bike, increasing overall parking capacity at minimal cost.
1.5.1 Performance Measures: Encourage 10 existing shopping centers to provide adequate bike parking by 2007, and an additional 25 – 50 existing shopping centers by 2010.
1.6 Place stickers on selected parking meters to advise bicyclists that they are appropriate locations for bike parking.
1.6.1 Performance Measure: Attach stickers to 100 – 200 parking meters per year, beginning in 2007.
1.7 Install shelters to protect parked bicycles from inclement weather. Offset costs through advertising, much like the Chicago Transit Authority’s bus shelter program. If successful, expand initiative.
1.7.1 Performance Measure: Install bike parking shelters at 3 – 5 locations by 2015.
1.7.2 Best Practices: Corvallis, OR; Ottawa, ON

Possible Funding

Federal and state transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and Surface Transportation Program; Chicago Department of Transportation; Public Building Commission; Department of General Services; Department of Revenue; Building Owners and Managers Association; buildings owners and managers; private sector; public institutions.

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