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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List of strategies in Chapter 1: Bikeway Network

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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.)

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