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 5: Education

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NumberStatusStrategyDeadlinesPerformance MeasuresTracker Notes
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,, 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.

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