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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 Six:
Reduce the incidence of bicycle theft through education and enforcement.


6.1 Determine the best strategies to reduce the incidence of bicycle theft in Chicago. Research bicycle locking practices, determine the amount and types of bicycle theft, identify best practices to reduce the incidence of theft, estimate the annual cost of an effective anti-theft campaign, and identify the responsibilities of various agencies.
6.1.1 Performance Measure: Produce a report with detailed recommendations in 2006.
6.2 Educate bicyclists on the best ways to prevent bicycle theft. Many bicycles are stolen because inadequate locks are used and/or bicycles are parked in poor locations. The best way to prevent bicycle theft is educating people on appropriate types of bicycle locks, how to use them, and other ways to make bicycles difficult to steal, including where to park.
6.2.1 Performance Measures: Distribute a flyer or hangtag on how to prevent bike theft to bicycle stores, encouraging them to provide with new bike sales, beginning in 2006. Stage an annual press event, beginning in 2006. Organize and publicize an annual bike lock sale in conjunction with the Bike Chicago festival, beginning in 2006.
6.2.2 Best Practices: London Metropolitan Police Service, England, Take Stock of Your Lock campaign; Washington, D.C., Metro Transit Police Department’s Rail Anti-Crime Target Squad; University of Arizona bike lock sales
6.3 Educate children on the best ways to prevent bicycle theft. Provide Chicago Public School students and children enrolled in Chicago Park District summer camps with information on locking techniques.
6.3.1 Performance Measures: Produce a flyer for children on how to prevent bicycle theft by 2007. Determine best distribution points and opportunities for co-printing in 2007.
6.4 Stage bicycle theft stings. Test equipping bicycles with hidden Global Positioning System (GPS) transmitters and receivers to trace thieves. This is an effective, relatively inexpensive way to locate professional bicycle thieves. Combine with media outreach on how to prevent bicycle theft. If successful, stage on an annual basis.
6.4.1 Performance Measure: Stage a trial bicycle sting by 2008.
6.4.2 Best Practices: Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Sacramento, CA

Possible Funding

Chicago Police Department; Chicago Department of Transportation; Chicagoland Bicycle Federation; bicycle retailers; bicycle lock manufacturers; private insurance companies.

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