Check the status of the 153 strategies in Chicago's Bike 2015 Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2005. This is a product of Grid Chicago. Please submit corrections, updates, or insights in the comments.

A strategy is a thing someone or some agency (and not necessarily the City of Chicago) is supposed to do in order to reach the goals of the Bike 2015 Plan: reduce injuries and increase the number of trips by bike.

Tracker Notes describe the status of a strategy and are developed using information from any and all sources.

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NumberStatusStrategyDeadlinesPerformance MeasuresTracker Notes
1.1.1image of colored circle Establish the bike lanes recommended in the Streets for Cycling Plan.2007, 2010Establish 10 miles of bike lanes by 2007, and an additional 10 miles by 2010.The performance measures have been achieved, but I don't know if the additional bike lane miles were of bike lanes identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan of 2000. I have never seen the Streets for Cycling Plan from 2000. Is it online? What streets does it list?
1.1.2image of colored circle Establish bike lanes at locations that are not identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan.2007, 2015Determine locations by 2007. Establish 26 miles of bike lanes by 2015.Still in progress - deadline not passed. I have never seen the Streets for Cycling Plan. Is it online?
1.1.3image of colored circle Establish shared bus/bike lanes.2008Establish 2-3 bus/bike lanes by 2008.We don't believe bus-bike lanes have been created beyond the three already in place at the launch of this plan (Clark, Milwaukee, ?). Were they successful?
1.1.4image of colored circle Continue signing the bike routes identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan. 2009Sign an additional 85 miles of bike routes by 2009.Not sure of progress.
1.2.1image of colored circle Construct grade-separated connections at appropriate locations to connect trails and provide safe crossings of busy roadways. 2006, 2015Identify the priority 3-5 locations to establish grade-separated connections in 2006. Construct them by 2015.Only 1 location has been identified (Navy Pier Flyover). It's not clear if this will be completed by 2015. Several bridges on South Lake Shore Drive were identified to be replaced (35th, 39th) but no progress has been made since selecting a design in 2004. The 47th Street walk/bike bridge was replaced, but I don't know if it was part of this identification process.
1.2.2image of colored circle Regularly update trail planning, design, and construction standards. Update the Chicago Park District's trail planning, design and construction standards on a regular basis. Ensure that new City of Chicago and Chicago Park District trails reflect these standards.Status unknown.
1.2.3image of colored circle Ensure that trails built as a condition of development approval are designed and built to appropriate standards. Apply trail standards (refer to Strategy 2.2.) and establish a monitoring process by 2007.Status unknown. I don't know if any trails have ever been built in Chicago as a condition of development approval.
1.2.4image of colored circle Establish a trail circuit to permit a long recreational or fitness bike ride in Chicago. Establish a minimum 50-mile Chicago trail circuit by 2008; relocate the street routes to new trails as they are completed.Not complete. I believe this is something Mayor Daley always wanted.
1.2.5image of colored circle Establish the trails recommended in the Chicago Trails Plan. 2015Establish 3-5 new trails by 2015.Deadline not passed. At least 1 new trail constructed (Valley Line). I've never seen the Chicago Trails Plan. Does it exist online?
1.2.6image of colored circle Establish the new trails, trail improvements, and new trail access points recommended in the South Lakefront Access Study and Chicago Park District Framework Plans.Establish 20-30 of the 44 recommended projects by 2015.As mentioned in another strategy about grade separated crossings, no progress has been made on the access bridges at 35th, 41st, or 43rd Street bridges. I have seen neither the study or the plan. Are they online?
1.2.7image of colored circle Upgrade and extend existing trails.Upgrade or extend trails at 5-10 locations by 2015.Has the Lakefront Trail been improved? At least in one location, at Solidarity Drive/Roosevelt Road (building an underpass so that people can bypass crossing Roosevelt Road). There are an infinite number of other locations where the trail could be improved, by either smoothing pavement, or widening it to 12 feet (minimum).
1.3.1image of colored circle Color the pavement at selected bikeway locations to alert motorists and bicyclists of conflict areas and assign the right-of-way to bicyclists.Establish colored bike lanes at 5-10 locations in 2006; evaluate their use in 2007.Colored bike lanes were established at 4 locations (in 2007, I believe), evaluated in 2008 or 2009, but the results of the evaluation were never released. Locations are: SB Halsted at Roosevelt, NB Elston at Division, SB Lincoln at Webster, NB Dearborn at Chicago. Are there other locations?
1.3.2image of colored circle Install special pavement markings on streets too narrow for bike lanes.Install shared lane markings on 10 miles of streets by 2006 and an additional 8 miles by 2010.Aside: Shared lane markings have been installed on streets that are wide enough for bike lanes (like Lawrence).
1.3.3image of colored circle Install signs advising motorists and bicyclists that bicycle traffic may move to the center of the travel lane.Test signs at 10-25 locations by 2007.This has not been done.
1.3.4image of colored circle Consider establishing bikeways on streets with rush hour parking controls.2007, 2008Establish bikeways on streets with rush hour parking controls at 3-5 locations in 2007. Evaluate their effectiveness by 2008.I don't think this has been done. I know the location of only one of the "rush hour bikeways", Clark Street between Diversey and ??.
1.3.5image of colored circle Establish dedicated right and left turn lanes for bicycles.2007, 2015Establish dedicated bicycle turn lanes at 3-5 intersections by 2007 and at another 10-25 intersections by 2015.Deadline hasn't passed. Dedicated bicycle turn lanes exist at: SB Milwaukee at Kinzie, EB Cortland at Clybourn.
1.3.6image of colored circle Determine the appropriateness of advanced stop bars at intersections with high volumes of bicycle traffic. Determine the appropriateness of advanced stop bars in 2006. If appropriate, test at 2-3 intersections by 2008.Not completed until 2011. Tested at 2 intersections: Kinzie/Wells (on one leg only), and Kinzie/Milwaukee (on two legs).
1.3.7image of colored circle Install raised bike lanes at appropriate locations.Identify 3-5 potential locations in 2006. Test 2-3 locations by 2010.Not begun.
1.3.8image of colored circle Establish bike boulevards to prioritize bicycling on streets with low traffic volumes and slow speeds.2008, 2015Identify 5-10 potential locations by 2008. Establish 10 miles of bike boulevards by 2015.Begun in 2012 with the announcement that the first bike boulevard will be on Berteau Avenue from Lincoln to Clark.
1.3.9image of colored circle Implement measures on selected streets with bikeways to reduce speeding and encourage bicycling. Test measures at 5-10 bikeway locations by 2015.Status unknown. I'm not aware of any of these improvements being made at bikeway locations, but I'm aware of them being made at non-bikeway locations.
1.4.1image of colored circle Establish bikeways to elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.Identify priority locations for new or improved bikeways in 2006. Establish bikeways to 25-50 educational institutions by 2007, and to an additional 10-20 by 2010.Status unknown.
1.4.2image of colored circle Connect bikeways to adjoining municipalities. Connect bikeways to 5 adjoining municipalities by 2007.Status unknown.
1.4.3image of colored circle Establish or enhance existing bikeways to transit stations.Establish new or enhanced bikeways to 10-20 transit stations by 2008 and to an additional 10-20 transit stations by 2015.Status unknown. A signage program like that has not been developed beyond the signed route program, in which some of the signs direct people to train stations.
1.4.4image of colored circle Identify the locations for new crossings over the Chicago River, Calumet River, North Shore Channel, and Sanitary and Ship Canal. Identify 2-3 priority crossings and prepare cost estimates by 2007.Status unknown.
1.4.5image of colored circle Establish bikeways to and within the Loop.Establish 2 north-south bikeways and 4 east-west bikeways to and within the Loop by 2010.The deadline was missed. All to and within the Loop bikeways were installed by the time the Bike 2015 Plan was released (like Clinton, Canal, Wabash) except for Washington (which annoyingly ends at Desplaines). A new to or within bikeway was not installed in the Loop until 2011 (Madison Street). Thousands of cycling commuters who work and go to school in the Loop are anxiously awaiting these bikeways.
1.4.6image of colored circle Improve access to the Lakefront Trail and other popular trails.Create or upgrade 5-10 access points by 2015.Status unknown.
1.5.1image of colored circle Develop and widely distribute a new Lakefront Trail map.Publish a minimum of 50,000 copies of a Lakefront Trail map per year, beginning in 2007.The map has been created but I don't believe 50,000 copies of it are being printed and distributed annually. The map is graciously available online.
1.5.2image of colored circle Collect data to identify popular bikeways and the impact of Bike 2015 Plan strategies. Collect appropriate data on an annual basis, beginning in 2007.I believe annual counting started in 2008, but is sporadic and inconsistent and at a limited number of locations. A limited (full of gaps) cordon count of the Loop was started in 2011. In 2012, CDOT will start a monthly count at six locations. See Bike Counts.
1.5.3image of colored circle Provide detour routes and signage.Develop and implement standards for detours on streets with bikeways by 2007.I don't believe the standards for detours on streets with bikeways have been developed. If they have, they either have not be implemented, or are very inconsiderate standards. See coverage on Grid Chicago.
1.5.4image of colored circle Provide interactive online mapping to enable bicyclists to develop personalized maps.2007Add an interactive online mapping feature to the Bicycle Program's Web site by 2007.This never happened. There are, however, other options that eventually came out, in 2009: Google Maps added bicycling directions that used odd data sources that included phantom bikeways (even though the City of Chicago did provide them with accurate data); RTA launched GoRoo, a multimodal trip planner. As such, this strategy is no longer needed.
1.5.5image of colored circle Install bicycle information boards at critical junctures in the bikeway network to provide bicyclists detailed route information. Install 5-10 bicycle information boards by 2009.Not begun. This does sound neat and helpful.
1.6.1image of colored circle Maintain bike lanes in excellent condition.Inspect the bike lane network 3-4 times per year, issuing work orders to address maintenance issues, beginning in 2006. Sweep streets with bike lanes at the same frequency as the sweeping of arterial streets, beginning in 2006.I'm not aware of any of those performance measures happening.
1.6.2image of colored circle Ensure prompt repair of pavement cuts on streets with bikeways.Bikeways repaired to a designated standard within 4 weeks of pavement cuts.None of this happens. Plates are not secured and automobiles knock them loose; non-skid plates are not used; plates with beveled edges are not used; plates with asphalt edges are sometimes used (but they're not non-skid); bikeways are not repaired to any standard within 4 weeks of pavement cuts. If they are repaired to any standard after 4 weeks, the standard is not good enough. Even when pavement in the bikeway is repaired, oftentimes the pavement markings are never restored.
1.6.3image of colored circle Upgrade the on-street bikeway network on a regular basis.Upgrade 10-25 locations per year, beginning in 2006.Some locations have been upgraded. I do not know how many per year, though.
1.6.4image of colored circle Identify and immediately replace grates that trap bicycle wheels.Establish and implement procedures in 2006 to identify dangerous grates and have them replaced as soon as possible.Status unknown. They may all be replaced by now. I believe Chicagoland Bicycle Federation petitioned CDOT to fix many of these grates.
1.6.5image of colored circle Retrofit metal grate bridges to make them safer for bicycling.2010, 2015Retrofit 5-10 priority metal grate bridges by 2010. Ensure that the remaining bridges on bikeways identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan are bicycle-friendly by 2015.This is incomplete. Since 2005, when the plan launched, 1 bridge was retrofitted by 2010 (Harrison). In 2011, two bridges were retrofitted (Kinzie and Randolph). Washington Street used to have a 100% concrete deck but it was modified in 2011 to only have a 60% concrete deck. (Aside: Open metal grates were added to Washington Street at Wacker Drive.)
2.1.1image of colored circle Ensure that new and refurbished bridges and underpasses are safe for bicycling.Monitor city, county, and state bridge and underpass construction projects to ensure that adequate accommodation for bicyclists is provided, beginning in 2005. Develop design standards by 2007; arrange city, county, and state approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. If you look at 1.6.5, only two bridges were retrofitted as a part of a bridge upgrade (Harrison and Randolph). Kinzie was retrofitted because of a new bikeway across the bridge.
2.1.2image of colored circle Routinely consider establishing bikeways during the planning and engineering design of roadways.Prepare a Bikeway Design Manual by 2007; arrange city, county and state approval and use by 2008. Develop roadway planning procedures by 2008.Status unknown. A Bikeway Design Guide was created by 2007 - I'm not sure if that's the same thing as the Bikeway Design Manual in the description.
2.1.3image of colored circle Make new and reconstructed intersections bicycle-friendly wherever possible, to reduce the higher incidence of bicycle crashes at or near intersections. Develop bicycle-friendly intersection design standards by 2007; arrange city, county and state approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. I've not heard of such bicycle-friendly intersection design standards for Chicago.
2.1.4image of colored circle Provide through bicycle access whenever building new streets, planned developments, cul-de-sacs, and traffic calming projects. Develop bicycle access standards by 2007. Arrange city approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. Cul-de-sacs are still being created without through bicycle access.
2.1.5image of colored circle Ensure that roadway construction zones are bicycle-friendly.Adopt and apply bicycle-friendly road construction standards by 2007.I'm not aware of any standards. Construction zones are notoriously not bicycle friendly. See coverage on Grid Chicago.
2.2.1image of colored circle Implement measures on selected roads with bikeways to reduce speeding and encourage bicycle use. Test measures at 5-10 locations by 2015.Status unknown. This is the same as Strategy XXX.
3.1.1image of colored circle Continue installing outdoor (short-term) bike racks. Install between 400-500 bike racks per year, beginning in 2005.Bike rack installation continues at this pace, sometimes exceeding it.
3.1.2image of colored circle Install bike parking inside office buildings. Provide free consulting services to encourage the installation of indoor bike parking at 15-25 buildings per year, beginning in 2005.Free consulting is provided, but to how many buildings' managers is unknown.
3.1.3image of colored circle Provide long-term bike parking for employees at buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies.Pilot long-term bike parking in 5-10 buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies in 2006.Status unknown. I'm aware of some bike racks being installed at a few police stations in 2007.
3.1.4image of colored circle Partner with public institutions (e.g., universities, hospitals) to install short and long-term bike parking on their properties. Partner with 3-5 public institutions per year, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
3.1.5image of colored circle Encourage installation of bike parking at retail locations.Encourage 10 existing shopping centers to provide adequate bike parking by 2007, and an additional 25-50 existing shopping centers by 2010.Status unknown.
3.1.6image of colored circle Place stickers on selected parking meters to advise bicyclists that they are appropriate locations for bike parking.Attach stickers to 100-200 parking meters per year, beginning in 2007.Never done. But since the parking meter lease, 30,000+ parking meters were removed, some remained, and stickers were placed on these parking meters.
3.1.7image of colored circle Install shelters to protect parked bicycles from inclement weather. Install bike parking shelters at 3-5 locations by 2015.No bike parking shelters have been installed by January 29, 2012.
3.2.1image of colored circle Enforce the bike parking requirements of Chicago's zoning ordinance.Prepare permitting guidelines, train appropriate staff to enforce the bike parking provisions of Chicago's zoning ordinance, and publicize the advantages of bike parking when issuing appropriate building permits, beginning in 2006. Make minor changes to City's permit tracking database to provide accurate information regarding the number of bike parking spaces provided yearly in conjunction with new construction and renovation building permits. Submit an annual report to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council on the successes and challenges in enforcing these regulations, beginning in 2006.Hasn't happened, although it's been considered.
3.2.2image of colored circle Reinstall bike racks removed for sidewalk reconstruction.Require bike rack reinstallation as a condition of construction permits and arrange for this requirement to be enforced, beginning in 2006.I don't believe this happens. Or if it does, it is rare. One time I personally locked a freestanding bike rack to a secured bike rack to prevent its theft, and until a crew could come reinstall the bike rack. Other times I have called the CDOT crew to come retrieve freestanding, unsecured bike racks.
3.2.3image of colored circle Provide bike parking in appropriate city, county and state transportation projects.Prepare guidelines for appropriate city, county and state agencies in 2006. Review the plans of streetscape, transit and other appropriate transportation projects once or twice a year to ensure that bike parking is provided, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
3.2.4image of colored circle Continue replacing bike parking lost when parking meters are removed for "pay and display" parking.Determine where to provide replacement bike parking at least two months before removing parking meters. Install bike parking before or within two weeks of the removal of the parking meters.The plan was launched before anyone would ever know that a parking meter lease would happen and 30,000+ parking meters would be removed. After that lease, no bike racks were installed to make up for the loss, and parking meters left to remain as bike parking were left in the lease useful locations (which was not the fault of CDOT).
3.2.5image of colored circle Consider expanding the bike parking requirements of Chicago's zoning ordinance to provide indoor bike parking, showers, and changing areas with the development of appropriate land uses.Determine appropriate changes to Chicago's zoning ordinance by 2007, including the appropriateness of bonus provisions.Status unknown.
3.4.1image of colored circle Provide and publicize attended bike parking at large events and festivals.Provide attended bike parking at Chicago's 10-25 largest events and festivals per year, beginning in 2006. Publicize in event/festival brochures and media releases.There has been bike valet at many festivals, although I don't know if it was ever provided at 10 or more of the "largest events and festivals" each year. Its presence has usually been sufficiently publicized.
3.4.2image of colored circle Establish indoor or sheltered bike parking at large sports facilities.Establish bike parking at 5-10 large sports facilities by 2010.I don't know of any indoor or sheltered bike parking at any sports facility in Chicago.
3.5.1image of colored circle Encourage the installation of convenient and secure bike parking inside multi-family residential buildings.2007Post guidelines on the Bicycle Program's Web site by 2007; distribute to developers, building managers, and condominium associations, beginning in 2007.There are some guidelines on the website. I don't know if these guidelines were or are being distributed to those people.
3.5.2image of colored circle Encourage construction of bike parking sheds to provide convenient and secure places for long-term parking.Construct 3-5 bike parking sheds by 2008.Zero sheds have been constructed by January 30, 2012.
4.1.1image of colored circle Assign coordination of the CTA strategies recommended in this chapter to a specific position at the CTA.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.This position has been designated. The position has been held by Amy Malick, Todd Bapton, Dan Thomas, and is currently held by Robert Vance.
4.1.2image of colored circle Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to board CTA trains and buses. Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to 14 by 2006.Status unknown.
4.1.3image of colored circle Instruct CTA station attendants to provide clear directions and timely assistance to bicyclists.Incorporate a bike-transit module in new employee training by 2007.Status unknown.
4.1.4image of colored circle Provide bicycle access in the planning, design, and operation of new and refurbished CTA stations and trains.Prepare planning, design, and operational guidelines on providing bicycle access to CTA stations and trains by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants.Status unknown.
4.1.5image of colored circle Post signs publicizing the bike-transit connection. Install signs at 10-25 stations by 2008 and at 25-50 additional stations by 2015.I don't think this has happened.
4.1.6image of colored circle Increase the number of bicycles that can be stored on CTA trains. 2008Test 3 to 5 methods for bicycle storage in CTA trains by 2008.I don't know if this has happened.
4.2.1image of colored circle Encourage Metra to permit bicycles on their trains on a year-round basis.Encourage Metra to allow bicycles on their trains on a year-round basis, beginning in 2006.Metra allows bicycles on their trains on a daily, year-round basis. This is heavily due to the advocacy of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.
4.2.2image of colored circle Encourage Metra to provide bicycle access in the planning, design, and operation of new and refurbished stations and trains.Encourage Metra to prepare planning, design, and operational guidelines on providing bicycle access to their stations and trains by 2007.It's unknown if Metra has created such guidelines.
4.2.3image of colored circle Encourage Metra to provide convenient bicycle access and storage on new and refurbished trains.Encourage Metra to develop and implement planning, engineering, and operational guidelines for accommodating bicycles on new and refurbished Metra trains by 2007.It's unknown if this has happened.
4.2.4image of colored circle Encourage the posting of signs publicizing the bike-transit connection. 2008Encourage Metra to install signs at 10-20 stations by 2008.I don't know of any signs posted.
4.2.5image of colored circle Encourage Metra to increase the number of bicycles that can be stored on their trains. Encourage Metra to test 3-5 methods for bicycle storage in their trains by 2009.Status unknown.
4.3.1image of colored circle Continue equipping all CTA and Pace buses with bike racks and immediately repairing or replacing damaged racks.Equip all new buses with bike racks; repair or replace damaged bike racks immediately.All CTA and Pace buses have bike racks.
4.4.1image of colored circle Continue installing bike racks outside train stations.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.I believe all CTA stations in Chicago have bike parking. The CTA does an annual inventory of bike parking spaces.
4.4.2image of colored circle Continue installing bike racks inside existing train stations.Install bike racks inside an additional 10-25 CTA stations by 2007.I don't know if bike racks were installed inside 10-25 CTA stations by 2007, but they are installed inside where possible (by CTA or CDOT).
4.4.3image of colored circle Test the viability of long-term bike parking at train stations.Test 3-5 long-term bike parking options, including lockers, by 2007.Status unknown.
4.4.4image of colored circle Consider providing indoor bike parking during the planning, design, and construction of new and reconstructed train stations. 2007CTA, 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.I don't think this has happened.
4.4.5image of colored circle Maintain bicycle access during train station remodeling and reconstruction.2007Develop and implement a policy for maintaining bicycle access during train station construction by 2007.I don't know if such a policy exists.
4.4.6image of colored circle Provide bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded.Install bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
4.4.7image of colored circle Post signs at train stations publicizing the availability of bike parking.Install signs at 10-25 stations with bike parking by 2007 and at 25-50 additional stations by 2015.Many CTA stations have signs telling people to lock bikes only to bike racks. Some CTA stations have signs indicating the location of bike racks. I don't know the status of these signs at Metra stations.
4.4.8image of colored circle Establish another bicycle station. 2007, 2009Complete feasibility study and business plan by 2007; complete bicycle station design by 2009; construct by 2010.A feasibility study was conducted, and a location selected (Ogilvie Transportation Center). It was not built.
4.4.9image of colored circle Establish large bike parking areas at select CTA and Metra train stations.2007, 2010Complete feasibility study by 2007; complete designs for 3-5 bike parking areas by 2009; construct by 2010.This is in progress. Large bike parking areas will be established at five additional stations (I worked on this project). The four from 2007 (actually 2008) are Damen Blue, Jefferson Park Blue, Midway Orange, and Sox-35th Red.
4.5.1image of colored circle Determine how to increase the number of people who combine bicycling and transit use.2006 Conduct annual customer surveys and user counts of the CTA's Bike & Ride program, beginning in 2006. Encourage Metra to conduct similar surveys and counts.Both CTA and Metra conduct user counts. Each conducts a bike parking count annually, but rarely conduct station access counts. I don't know when the last time either has done a station access count. The RTAMS website shows the latest Metra station access count as being conducted in 2006. I don't know if any of the various surveys either transit agency has conducted included questions about barriers to bike-transit use.
4.5.2image of colored circle Promote the bike-transit connection to increase usage.2006, 2008Bike to transit marketing report completed in 2006. Implement major recommendations by 2008.I've not heard of a bike to transit marketing report being completed. However, the bike to transit "connection" is promoted on the Chicago Bike Map, on the websites of Chicago Bicycle Program, the CTA, and Metra, and the various agencies have produced a video showing how to load and unload bicycles from bus racks.
4.5.3image of colored circle Widely publicize the bike-transit option.Issue 1-2 press releases per year publicizing the bike-transit option, beginning in 2006. Add links to the Bicycle Program's Web site on the CTA, Metra, Pace, RTA, and Mayor's Office of Special Events Web sites in 2006.While I don't know if 1-2 press releases per year are issued to publicize the bike-transit option, I do know that all of those websites talk about biking to transit, and that it's mentioned on few promotional materials (it should be standard).
4.5.4image of colored circle Feature a Bike to Transit Week during the annual Bike Chicago festival.2006, 2015Stage an annual Bike to Transit Week, beginning in 2006.I don't think this has happened.
4.5.4image of colored circle Promote bike-transit use in existing transit incentive programs.2006Promote bike-transit use in the CTA's U-Pass, New Residents, and Transit Benefit programs, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
4.5.6image of colored circle Partner with the Safe Routes to School and Bike to Campus programs to encourage high school and university students to combine bicycle and transit trips.2007, 2015Revise the Safe Routes to School and Bike to Campus programs to promote bike-transit use, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
5.1.1image of colored circle Expand the Bicycling Ambassadors program to educate more bicyclists and motorists about safe and responsible road use.2006, 2008Expand Bicycling Ambassador program staffing and scheduling so there is direct contact with 35,000 people per year in 2006 and 40,000 people by 2008.Status unknown.
5.1.2image of colored circle Educate motorists to share the road with bicyclists. 2007, 2015Publicize motorist behaviors that commonly endanger bicyclists, beginning in 2007. Stage an annual "Share the Road" campaign, beginning in 2008.Publicize motorist behaviors that commonly endanger bicyclists hasn't happened. There's an annual "Share the Road" campaign but it's not as extensive as described in the strategy.
5.1.3image of colored circle Educate bicyclists how to ride safely and avoid injury.2008, 2015Conduct an annual campaign, beginning in 2008, so that 75 percent of surveyed bicyclists can identify the campaign's message and at least 50 percent say that they will practice the advertised behaviors.The campaign is run annually, with the Bicycling Ambassadors, but I don't know if the performance measures have ever been met.
5.1.4image of colored circle Train drivers of commercial vehicles - including taxis, courier vehicles, CTA buses, and trucks - to share the road with bicyclists.2008, 2010(1) Integrate bicycle safety components into taxi driver and other professional driver education programs by 2008. (2) Reduce the rate of reported incidents and crashes between commercial vehicles and bicycles by 50 percent by 2010.Performance measure (1) has been completed. Performance measure (2)'s status is unknown.
5.2.1image of colored circle Expand the After School Matters bicycle program. 2006Establish a second After School Matters bicycle program in 2006.I believe there are now more than two After School Matters bicycle programs.
5.2.2image of colored circle Continue hiring graduates of the After School Matters bicycle program to teach bicycle safety at Chicago Park District summer camps.2006, 2008Hire 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.Status unknown.
5.2.3image of colored circle Stage a Share the Trail campaign to reduce the number and severity of conflicts between bicyclists and other trail users.2006Hire 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.Status unknown.
5.2.4image of colored circle Expand the Safe Routes to School program so that elementary school students in Chicago have the skills to bicycle safely to school. 2009, 2015Train students at 150 elementary schools per year by 2009, increasing to 500 elementary schools by 2015.Status unknown.
5.3.1image of colored circle Partner with local media outlets to educate people about bicycling. 2005, 2015Issue 3-5 press releases per year, beginning in 2005.Status unknown.
5.3.2image of colored circle Continue to support campaigns to increase bicycle helmet use. 2005, 2015Continue featuring a helmet sale during the annual Bike Chicago promotion.Status unknown.
5.3.3image of colored circle Encourage the Secretary of State's Office to include more "Share the Road" content in their publications, curricula, examinations, and mailings. 2006, 2015Request to include more "Share the Road" content in the Secretary of State's materials submitted in 2006.Status unknown.
5.3.4image of colored circle Broadcast a television series on bicycling.2008Broadcast a television series on bicycling by 2008.I don't know if this ever happened.
5.3.5image of colored circle Integrate bicycle skills training into appropriate school curricula.2008 Incorporate bicycle skills training into appropriate school curricula by 2008.Status unknown.
5.4.1image of colored circle Promote the goals, objectives, and strategies of the Bike 2015 Plan to key staff from the city and its sister agencies.2006, 2015Stage 10-15 workshops in 2006, with an annual workshop afterwards.Status unknown.
5.4.2image of colored circle Train transportation engineers and planners how to accommodate bicycling in their projects. 2007, 2015Stage a bicycle planning and design workshop every two years, cooperatively with other agencies, beginning no later than 2007.Status unknown.
5.5.1image of colored circle Regularly update and reprint the Chicago Department of Transportation's bicycle publications.2005, 2015Monitor inventory and needs twice a year, updating and reprinting publications whenever necessary, beginning in 2005.I believe that stocks are healthy and that several were updated in 2011. The Chicago Bike Map is updated annually. The Bike Parking for Your Business could use a new version.
5.5.2image of colored circle Produce Spanish-language versions of appropriate Chicago Department of Transportation bicycle publications. 2006, 2007Identify priority publications to produce in Spanish in 2006; produce first publication in 2007.There are multiple publications printed in Spanish, also available online.
5.5.3image of colored circle Identify needs for new publications and produce them in a timely manner.2006, 2007Identify priority publications to produce in 2006; produce first publication by 2007.Status unknown.
5.5.4image of colored circle Arrange for bicycle information to be reprinted and/or distributed by partner agencies, utility companies, and the private sector. 2006Continue distributing publications to bicycle stores. Develop 3-5 distribution partnerships in 2006.Bike maps are annually mailed to bike shops. I'm not aware of any distribution partnerships.
5.5.5image of colored circle Improve the Bicycle Programs Web site, www.ChicagoBikes.org, providing comprehensive information to current and potential bicyclists. 2006, 2007Improve and market Web site in 2006. Increase the number of Web site visits by 10-20 percent per year, beginning in 2007.I, myself, improved and marketed the web site in 2007-2010. I believed I doubled the number of visits in about 1 year.
5.5.6image of colored circle Develop and widely distribute a new Lakefront Trail map.See Chapter 1: Bikeway Network; Strategy 5.1 (1.5.1)Status unknown
5.6.1image of colored circle Determine the best strategies to reduce the incidence of bicycle theft in Chicago. 2006Produce a report with detailed recommendations in 2006.I've never seen or heard of such report.
5.6.2image of colored circle Educate bicyclists on the best ways to prevent bicycle theft.2006, 2015Distribute 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.While bike theft prevention information is in the Chicago Bike Map and on the Chicago Bicycle Program website, a flyer or hangtag has not been distributed to bicycle stores. There have been no annual press events. There has been, at one time, a coupon for a discounted bike lock at participating bicycle stores, distributed by the Bicycling Ambassadors.
5.6.3image of colored circle Educate children on the best ways to prevent bicycle theft.2007Produce a flyer for children on how to prevent bicycle theft by 2007. Determine best distribution points and opportunities for co-printing in 2007.I'm not aware of this flyer.
5.6.4image of colored circle Stage bicycle theft stings.2008Stage a trial bicycle sting by 2008.I'm not aware of this being done.
5.7.1image of colored circle Survey target audiences to measure changes in behaviors and beliefs.2007, 2015Survey every 2 years, beginning in 2007. Publish results within 6 months of completion.I'm not aware of a survey like this ever being conducted except for the Chicago Bicycling Survey of 2005.
5.7.2image of colored circle Adapt and deliver the survey to measure the effectiveness of individual programs.2007, 2015Measure the effectiveness of specific individual programs, beginning in 2007.I'm not aware of any strategy or program being measured for its effectiveness.
6.1.1image of colored circle Establish a Health and Transportation Task Force.2006, 2007Establish a Health and Transportation Task Force in 2006. Develop health performance measures and determine the requirements of the Bike to Health campaign by 2007.I don't know if such a task force exists, or if health performance measures or a Bike to Health campaign have ever been created
6.1.2image of colored circle Stage a Bike to Health campaign to promote bicycling.2006, 2008Stage 2-3 joint Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Transportation press events on bicycling and health per year, beginning in 2006. Stage an annual Bike to Health campaign, beginning in 2008. Incorporate bicycling into 3-5 health initiatives per year, beginning in 2008.Status unknown.
6.1.3image of colored circle Establish a free "Sunday Parkway" bicycle ride along a network of streets closed to motorized traffic.2006, 2006Prepare a feasibility study, promotional plan, and financial analysis in 2006. Stage a pilot ride in 2006. Survey the riders and participating city agencies, to determine how to make the event more successful.The first Sunday Parkways happened over two days in 2008. The second "Open Streets" happened over one day in 2009. The third "Open Streets" happened over one day in 2011. New York City, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, stage multiple events each year, and have for several years now.
6.1.4image of colored circle Partner with community health programs to promote bicycling to Chicago's minority youth. 2008Promote bicycling in 3 community health programs targeting minority youth by 2008.Status unknown.
6.2.1image of colored circle Support the events and programs of groups promoting bicycling.2006Publicize significant local bicycle events, programs, and non-profit groups in appropriate city Web sites and publications, beginning in 2006.The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) maintains a Bike Chicago calendar.
6.2.2image of colored circle Encourage fitness centers to provide showers and lockers to bicyclists. 2005, 2008Establish shower and locker services for bicyclists at 5 new fitness centers in 2005, increasing to 10-15 new fitness centers by 2008.Status unknown.
6.2.3image of colored circle Expand the annual Bike Chicago festival.2006Expand festival to 4 months in 2006. Increase participation and media coverage by 10-15 percent per year, beginning in 2006. Submit an annual report with recommendations to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, beginning in 2006.Level of increase in participation and media coverage does not get reported to MBAC. I believe the festival is at least 4 months long.
6.2.4image of colored circle Publicize the availability of new or improved trails to nearby residents. 2006Distribute promotional material to nearby residents, stage ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and organize rides along new or improved trails within 1 month of trail completion, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
6.2.5image of colored circle Establish a mini-grant program to support community efforts that encourage bicycling, particularly to infrequent cyclists.2007, 2010Obtain foundation and/or private sector funding by 2007. Award 5 mini-grants (under $2,500) annually, beginning in 2008, increasing to a minimum of 10 mini-grants annually by 2010.Status unknown.
6.2.6image of colored circle Pilot a car-free day.2010Pilot a car-free day by 2010. Survey the riders and participating city agencies within 2 months of the event completion, to determine how to make the event more successful.Status unknown.
6.3.1image of colored circle Increase the use of bicycles on the job by city agencies and departments.2006Increase the number of bicycles in the city's vehicle fleet by 5-10 percent per year, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
6.3.2image of colored circle Pilot an individualized marketing campaign to people receptive to replacing automobile trips with bicycling, walking, transit, and carpooling.2007Pilot an individualized marketing campaign by 2007.Status unknown.
6.3.3image of colored circle Promote bicycling to target populations and groups that would most benefit from increased bicycling.2008Promote bicycling to 3 target populations and groups by 2008.Status unknown.
6.4.1image of colored circle Continue the Bike to Campus program to encourage bicycling to colleges and universities. 2007Stage the Bike to Campus program on an annual basis at 5-10 colleges and universities, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
6.4.2image of colored circle Establish an annual Bicycle Commuter Challenge to encourage more people to bicycle to work.2008, 20105000 participants in 2008; increasing to 10,000 by 2010. Prepare an annual report with recommendations to improve the program, beginning in 2008.This has happened since (what year?) and continues to this day. I don't know how many people participate or if the performance measures have been reached. I haven't seen or heard of an annual recommendations report.
6.4.3image of colored circle Pilot a Bike to the Park campaign to encourage bicycling to Chicago's parks and park events. 2008Pilot a Bike to the Park campaign by 2008.Status unknown.
6.4.4image of colored circle Stage a Shop by Bike campaign. 2010Stage a Shop by Bike campaign by 2010.I don't know if this ever happened.
6.4.5image of colored circle Expand the Safe Routes to School program.See Chapter 5: Education; Strategy 2.4.Status unknown.
6.4.6image of colored circle Promote the Bike to Transit option.See Chapter 4: Transit; Objective 5.Status unknown.
6.5.1image of colored circle Publicize opportunities for bicycle touring and rental in Chicago. 2006, 2007Distribute bicycle touring and rental information to 50-100 locations per year, beginning in 2006. Identify 3-5 self-guided bike tours in 2006. Feature information on bicycle touring and rental on 3-5 Web sites by 2007.Status unknown.
6.5.2image of colored circle Promote Chicago as a destination for bicycle tourism.2007, 2008Prepare a bicycle tourism marketing plan by 2007. Implement key recommendations by 2008.Status unknown.
7.1.1image of colored circle Report regularly to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council on bicycle enforcement and crash analysis issues. 2006, 2015Chicago Police continue attending the quarterly meetings of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council. Submit an annual report on the Chicago Police Department's bicycle enforcement and crash analysis efforts to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, beginning in 2006.I've never seen such a report or heard about the Chicago Police Department's bicycle enforcement and crash analysis efforts.
7.2.1image of colored circle Establish a bicycling module in the Chicago Police Department's Training Academy curriculum.2007Add a bicycle module to the academy curriculum by 2007.A video was created and shown to police officers. You can view it online.
7.2.2image of colored circle Educate Chicago police officers on specific enforcement issues. 2007Issue 2 bicycle Action Alerts per year by 2007. Screen an Enforcement for Bicycle Safety video at roll calls in all 25 police districts each year, beginning in 2007.I don't know if Action Alerts are being issued, but the Enforcement for Bicycle Safety was created and shown to all police officers. It can be viewed online.
7.3.1image of colored circle Publicize and enforce the ordinance prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles in bike lanes. 2005, 2006Enforce the ordinance between May and October, particularly at the 15-025 worst locations in Chicago, beginning in 2005. Publicize enforcement efforts with an annual press release, beginning in 2005. Post "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs at the 25 worst locations for double parking in 2006.I've never seen the "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs nor heard of their presence. Bike lane enforcement has been extremely weak, issuing less than 10 each year from 2007 to 2011.
7.3.2image of colored circle Increase enforcement at locations with a disproportionately high number of bicycle crashes and injuries.2006, 2015Reduce the incidence of bicycle crashes and injuries at the top 15-25 crash locations by 5 percent annually, beginning in 2006.CDOT will receive the first ever (to my knowledge) crash analysis report later in 2012, which will identify the top crash locations. Have any of their incidence rates been reduced? I highly doubt it, positing that, if there's been any change, it's been an increase.
7.3.3image of colored circle Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting motorist behaviors that are the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.2006, 2010Stage education and enforcement campaigns in 3-5 police districts per year, beginning in 2006. Increase to 5-10 police districts per year by 2010. Publicize beforehand to encourage voluntary compliance.Status unknown.
7.3.4image of colored circle Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting particularly dangerous bicycling.2006, 2010Stage education and enforcement campaigns in 3-5 police districts per year, beginning in 2006. Increase to 5-10 police districts per year by 2010. Publicize beforehand to encourage voluntary compliance.Status unknown.
7.4.1image of colored circle Amend the Chicago Municipal Code so that it is consistent with state law and national best practices. 2006, 2007Identify appropriate changes in 2006. Amend the Chicago Municipal Code in 2007.Status unknown.
7.4.2image of colored circle Establish and publicize new penalties for reckless driving that endangers the lives of bicyclists. 2007, 2008Determine appropriate penalties by 2007. Establish penalties by 2008Status unknown.
7.5.1image of colored circle Determine how to improve the level and quality of reporting of bicycle crashes.2007Prepare report with recommendations how to improve the reporting of bicycle crashes by 2007.Status unknown. This is a "champion" issue of mine, having written about it for about a year on Steven Can Plan and Grid Chicago.
7.5.2image of colored circle Identify locations with a high number of bicycle crashes; determine the primary factors contributing to these crashes; and implement appropriate engineering, education, and enforcement and countermeasures.2007Identify locations every 2 years, beginning in 2007. Implement countermeasures at 5-10 problem areas per year, beginning in 2007. Submit an annual report with recommendations to prevent bicycle crashes to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, beginning in 2007.Status unknown. CDOT will receive its first ever (to my knowledge) crash analysis report later in 2012. I've never seen an annual report delivered to MBAC.
8.1.1image of colored circle Develop standard delivery check-in procedures for bicycle courier services. 2006Develop standard building check-in procedures in 2006; widely distribute on an annual basis to encourage use.This hasn't happened, despite demand and expressed desire to participate from messengers, and the messengers' union.
8.1.2image of colored circle Encourage an industry-sponsored study to identify the key barriers to the increased use of bicycle messengers in Chicago and opportunities for expansion and diversification. 2007, 2008Complete study by 2007; implement key recommendations in 2008.I don't know of such a study.
8.2.1image of colored circle Provide safety publications and bicycle maps to bicycle messenger companies.2005, 2015Distribute publications once or twice a year, beginning in 2005.I don't know of any time when safety publications and bicycle maps were distributed to bicycle messengers or bicycle messenger companies.
8.2.2image of colored circle Revise Chicago's bicycle messenger ordinance to specify that bicycle messengers must wear a suitable helmet while working and establish a mechanism to advise messenger services of infractions by their employees.2007Revise the bicycle messenger ordinance by 2007.I don't think this has happened.
8.2.3image of colored circle Require new bicycle messengers to complete a City of Chicago sponsored training session. 2007Establish a bicycle messenger training session, beginning in 2007.I don't believe such a training session has never been established.
8.2.4image of colored circle Encourage regular screenings of Chicago's bicycle messenger training video. 2007Update and distribute video by 2007.I'm not aware of the existence of such a video.
8.2.5image of colored circle Train appropriate police officers to enforce traffic laws and the bicycle messenger ordinance.2007Annual police training, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
8.3.1image of colored circle Feature the advantages of bicycle messenger services on the Bicycle Program's Web site.2006 Include bicycle messenger information on the Bicycle Program's Web site in 2006.I created this website. http://chicagobikes.org/public/messengers.php
8.3.2image of colored circle Expand the annual Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day to a full day of events and promotions.2007Expand the annual Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day, beginning in 2007.I don't believe this has happened yet.

Created by Steven Vance for Grid Chicago on January 29, 2012.