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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 Four:
Provide bike parking at train stations.


4.1 Continue installing bike racks outside train stations. Bike parking is available at 110 of the 124 CTA stations in Chicago and 50 of the 76 Metra stations. Wherever possible, bike parking should be covered, illuminated, and in highly visible locations, to encourage use and reduce the likelihood of bike theft.
4.1.1 Performance Measure: Improve bike parking outside 5 – 10 stations per year, beginning in 2006. Bike racks installed outside every CTA and Metra station in Chicago by 2007.
4.1.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL, CTA
4.2 Continue installing bike racks inside existing train stations. Install bike parking inside every CTA station to provide weather protection and greater security, space permitting. Indoor bike parking is currently available at 66 CTA stations in Chicago (more than any other transit agency in the United States).
4.2.1 Performance Measure: Install bike racks inside an additional 10 – 25 CTA stations by 2007.
4.2.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL, CTA
4.3 Test the viability of long-term bike parking at train stations. If successful, expand initiative.
4.3.1 Performance Measure: Test 3 – 5 long-term bike parking options, including lockers, by 2007.
4.3.2 Best Practices: Portland, OR, TriMet; San Jose, CA, VTA; Vancouver, B.C., TransLink
4.4 Consider providing indoor bike parking during the planning, design, and construction of new and reconstructed train stations. Provide indoor bike parking for a minimum of five bicycles per station, where possible.
4.4.1 Performance Measures: CTA, Metra and the Chicago Department of Transportation develop and apply guidelines for providing indoor bike parking in new and reconstructed train stations by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants, beginning in 2007.
4.4.2 Best Practice: Chicago, IL, CTA
4.5 Maintain bicycle access during train station remodeling and reconstruction. Provide advance notice and directional signage for bicyclists.
4.5.1 Performance Measure: Develop and implement a policy for maintaining bicycle access during train station construction by 2007.
4.6 Provide bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded. Encouraging bicycle use may reduce project costs since fewer spaces for automobile parking would be required.
4.6.1 Performance Measure: Install bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded, beginning in 2007.
4.6.2 Best Practices: King County, WA, Metro Transit; San Diego, CA, Ridelink
4.7 Post signs at train stations publicizing the availability of bike parking.
4.7.1 Performance Measure: Install signs at 10 – 25 stations with bike parking by 2007 and at 25 – 50 additional stations by 2015.
4.7.2 Best Practice: Washington, D.C., Metrorail
4.8 Establish another bicycle station. The Millennium Park Bicycle Station is very successful, encouraging thousands of bicycle trips annually. Establish the bicycle station at a popular train station, such as the Ogilvie Transportation Center, to encourage bike-transit use. Prepare a feasibility study and a business plan to determine capacities, costs, and revenues. Potential services include day and overnight parking; showers and/or changing facilities; lockers; bicycle rentals; repairs; and sales.
4.8.1 Performance Measures: Complete feasibility study and business plan by 2007; complete bicycle station design by 2009; construct by 2010.
4.8.2 Best Practices: Berkeley, CA, Berkeley Bikestation; Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Commuter Bikestation; Seattle, WA, Seattle Bikestation
4.9 Establish large bike parking areas at select CTA and Metra train stations. Indoor or weather-protected bike parking will be established at four CTA stations in 2007. Prepare a feasibility study to determine the best locations to establish similar bike parking at three to five additional stations. Determine capacity and costs, using methodology established in the CTA/CDOT effort and the CTA’s Bicycle Parking Design Guidelines. Develop designs that provide, at a minimum: secure bike parking, either inside the station or protected from the weather; convenient access; signage; and lighting.
4.9.1 Performance Measures: Complete feasibility study by 2007; complete designs for 3 – 5 bike parking areas by 2009; construct by 2010.

Possible Funding

Federal transportation programs including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and Surface Transportation Program; Federal Transit Administration; Regional Transportation Authority; CTA; Metra; Chicago Department of Transportation.

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