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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  1. Bikeway Network
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NumberStatusStrategyDeadlinesPerformance MeasuresTracker Notes
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?
1.2.1image 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.
1.2.5image 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?
1.3.1image 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?
1.3.5image 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.
1.3.8image 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.
1.4.5image 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.
1.5.2image 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.
1.6.3image 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.
1.6.5image 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.)
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.
3.4.1image 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.
3.5.1image 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.
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).
4.4.7image 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.
4.5.2image 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).
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.
5.5.4image 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.
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.
6.4.2image 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.
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.

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