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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 5

Objective Two:
Deliver bicycle education programs and campaigns to target audiences.


2.1 Expand the After School Matters bicycle program. After School Matters trains teenagers at Chicago schools in various fields, providing employment skills. A very successful sixteen-week apprentice program training 25 students in bicycle repair and safety was established in 2005.
2.1.1 Performance Measure: Establish a second After School Matters bicycle program in 2006.
2.2 Continue hiring graduates of the After School Matters bicycle program to teach bicycle safety at Chicago Park District summer camps. Ten After School Matters graduates worked in 2005 as Junior Bicycling Ambassadors, teaching 10,000 children at 117 Chicago Park District summer camps about bicycle safety.
2.2.1 Performance Measures: Hire 15 – 25 graduates of the After School Matters bicycle program per summer, beginning in 2006. Provide bicycle safety education at one 150 Chicago Park District summer camps in 2006 (60 percent of the camps) so that 18,000 children learn bicycle safety skills. Increase to every Chicago Park District summer camp by 2008, so that 30,000 children learn bicycle safety skills.
2.3 Stage a Share the Trail campaign to reduce the number and severity of conflicts between bicyclists and other trail users. One-third of reported crashes occur on trails.3 Establish Trail Ambassadors, based on the Bicycling Ambassadors model.
2.3.1 Performance Measures: Hire 10 graduates of the After School Matters bicycle program to be Trail Ambassadors during the summer, beginning in 2006. Conduct an annual Share the Trail campaign, beginning in 2006, so that 75 percent of surveyed bicyclists can identify the campaign’s message and at least 50 percent say they will practice the advertised behaviors. Submit an annual report to the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council, with recommendations for the upcoming year, beginning in 2006.
2.3.2 Best Practices: Toronto, ON, Cycling Ambassadors program; New England Mountain Bike Association, Mountain Bike Patrol
2.4 Expand the Safe Routes to School program so that elementary school students in Chicago have the skills to bicycle safely to school. Bicycling to school is an excellent way to build regular physical activity into children’s lives, especially important given the epidemic level of childhood obesity. In 2004, the Safe Routes to School program educated children at 20 Chicago Public Schools.
2.4.1 Performance Measures: Train students at 150 elementary schools per year by 2009, increasing to 500 elementary schools by 2015.
2.4.2 Best Practices: Marin County, CA; State of Texas; New York City Department of Transportation, NY, Safe Routes to School program; Philadelphia, PA, Bicycle Education Enhancement Program (BEEP)

Possible Funding

Federal and state transportation programs including the Surface Transportation Program, Safe Routes to School Program, Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, Hazard Elimination Fund, and federal traffic safety (Section 402) funds; City of Chicago; Chicago Public Schools; Chicago Park District; public health agencies; private foundations; private sector.

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