and Crash Analysis
Education is a key component to achieving the
Bike 2015 Plan’s goals
to increase the number of trips by bicycle and improve the safety of
the bicycling environment. Many people think that bicycling in Chicago
is dangerous. This concern keeps people from bicycling more, or at all.
A key way to address this concern is through education, particularly
through the six objectives identified in this chapter.
and bicyclists to share the road (Objective 1)
will establish safer, more inviting streets for bicycling. Key strategies
include expanding the Bicycling Ambassadors program to educate more bicyclists
and motorists about responsible road use and training drivers of commercial
vehicles to share the road with bicyclists.
Targeting particular audiences
(Objective 2) is an effective way to provide
people with the specific information they are interested in or need. Existing
programs, particularly Safe Routes to School and the Junior Bicycling Ambassadors,
should be expanded so that more people are reached.
with other agencies and organizations (Objective
3) will help deliver
bicycle information more effectively and at a lower cost. For example,
bicycle education should be integrated into school curricula and park programs,
so that hundreds of thousands of Chicago youth learn to bicycle more
frequently and safely. Partnering with media outlets and the private sector
will further increase the reach of educational campaigns.
city staff and consultants to implement the Bike 2015
4) involves staging workshops to ensure that new projects meet Chicago’s
high standards for bicycle planning and engineering design.
and distributing bicycle education material (Objective
5) will provide
bicyclists the information needed to bicycle safely and comfortably.
A key strategy is to expand the Bicycle Program’s Web site, www.ChicagoBikes.org,
to provide comprehensive information to potential and existing bicyclists.
bicyclists how to prevent bicycle theft (Objective
6) is important, especially
since Chicago has one of the highest rates for bicycle theft in the United
States.1 Providing bicyclists with information and resources to combat
theft will reduce the number of thefts and the fear of theft which keeps
many people from bicycling.
Educate bicyclists, motorists, and the general public about bicycle
safety and the benefits of bicycling.
Educate 250,000 people per year about bicycle safety and the
benefits of bicycling.
- Educate motorists and bicyclists to share the road.
bicycle education programs and campaigns to target audiences.
- Establish partnerships to deliver bicycle information
more effectively and at a lower cost.
- Train city staff and consultants
to implement the Bike 2015 Plan.
- Produce and distribute bicycle education material.
the incidence of bicycle theft through education and enforcement.
- Determine the effectiveness of the education
and marketing initiatives in this plan.