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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 Two:
Install bike parking with new development and construction.


2.1 Enforce the bike parking requirements of Chicago’s zoning ordinance. Short-term bike parking is now required with the development of commercial, office, multi-family residential, and institutional buildings; planned developments; and some commercial parking garages.
2.1.1 Performance Measures: Prepare permitting guidelines, train appropriate staff to enforce the bike parking provisions of Chicago’s zoning ordinance, and publicize the advantages of bike parking when issuing appropriate building permits, beginning in 2006. Make minor changes to City's permit tracking database to provide accurate information regarding the number of bike parking spaces provided yearly in conjunction with new construction and renovation building permits. Submit an annual report to the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council on the successes and challenges in enforcing these regulations, beginning in 2006.
2.1.2 Best Practice: Vancouver, B.C.
2.2 Reinstall bike racks removed for sidewalk reconstruction. Reinstalling bike racks immediately after sidewalk reconstruction ensures that they are not discarded or stolen.
2.2.1 Performance Measures: Require bike rack reinstallation as a condition of construction permits and arrange for this requirement to be enforced, beginning in 2006.
2.3 Provide bike parking in appropriate city, county and state transportation projects.
2.3.1 Performance Measures: Prepare guidelines for appropriate city, county and state agencies in 2006. Review the plans of streetscape, transit and other appropriate transportation projects once or twice a year to ensure that bike parking is provided, beginning in 2006.
2.3.2 Best Practice: Ottawa, ON
2.4 Continue replacing bike parking lost when parking meters are removed for “pay and display” parking. Parking meters are often used for parking bicycles. With their removal, provide bike parking at appropriate locations.
2.4.1 Performance Measures: Determine where to provide replacement bike parking at least two months before removing parking meters. Install bike parking before or within two weeks of the removal of the parking meters.
2.4.2 Best Practices: Toronto, ON; Chicago, IL
2.5 Consider expanding the bike parking requirements of Chicago’s zoning ordinance to provide indoor bike parking, showers, and changing areas with the development of appropriate land uses.
2.5.1 Performance Measure: Determine appropriate changes to Chicago's zoning ordinance by 2007, including the appropriateness of bonus provisions.
2.5.2 Best Practices: San Francisco, CA; Cambridge, MA; Vancouver, B.C.

Possible Funding

Federal transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and the Surface Transportation Program; Cook County Highway Department; Illinois Department of Transportation; Public Building Commission; Chicago Department of Transportation; Department of Planning and Development; Department of Zoning; Department of Construction and Permits; Department of Revenue; private developers; building owners.

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