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
1.1.3image 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?
1.2.4image 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.
1.2.7image 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).
1.3.3image 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 ??.
1.3.7image 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.
1.5.1image 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.
1.5.3image 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.
1.5.5image 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.
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.
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.
3.2.4image 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).
3.5.2image 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.
4.1.5image 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.
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.
5.3.4image 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.
5.6.1image 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.
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.

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