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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 4

Objective One:
Improve bicycle access to CTA stations and trains.


1.1 Assign coordination of the CTA strategies recommended in this chapter to a specific position at the CTA.
1.1.1 Performance Measures: Designate the position in 2005. Submit an annual report to the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council on the implementation of the CTA’s strategies identified in this chapter, beginning in 2005.
1.1.2 Best Practices: Vancouver, B.C., TransLink; King County, WA, Metro Transit
1.2 Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to board CTA trains and buses. Currently customers 12 through 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Lowering the age of unsupervised access will enable adolescents, who need more transportation options, to combine transit and bicycle use.
1.2.1 Performance Measure: Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to 14 by 2006.
1.2.2 Best Practices: San Francisco Bay Area, CA, BART; Philadelphia, PA, SEPTA
1.3 Instruct CTA station attendants to provide clear directions and timely assistance to bicyclists.
1.3.1 Performance Measure: Incorporate a bike-transit module in new employee training by 2007.
1.4 Provide bicycle access in the planning, design, and operation of new and refurbished CTA stations and trains. Integrate bicycle accommodations into the planning for new transit facilities. Ensure that bicycle access does not interfere with other passengers’ convenience or safety, particularly for the disabled and elderly.
1.4.1 Performance Measures: Prepare planning, design, and operational guidelines on providing bicycle access to CTA stations and trains by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants.
1.4.2 Best Practice: Portland, OR, TriMet
1.5 Post signs publicizing the bike-transit connection. Show the best routes to bicycle to the station, where to park bikes, nearby bicycle shops, popular destinations, and how to bring bicycles on trains. Begin with stations with the greatest potential for bike-transit use.
1.5.1 Performance Measures: Install signs at 10 – 25 stations by 2008 and at 25 – 50 additional stations by 2015.
1.6 Increase the number of bicycles that can be stored on CTA trains. Test wall-mounted racks and other bicycle retention devices. Investigate replacing fixed seats with folding seats and installing passenger handholds. If successful, expand initiative.
1.6.1 Performance Measure: Test 3 to 5 methods for bicycle storage in CTA trains by 2008.
1.6.2 Best Practices: San Jose, CA, VTA; Portland, OR, TriMet; Copenhagen, Denmark

Possible Funding

Federal transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Surface Transportation Program, and Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program; Federal Transit Administration; Regional Transportation Authority; CTA; chambers of commerce.

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