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?
1.3.2image 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).
1.3.6image 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).
1.5.4image 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.
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.
3.1.6image 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.
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.
4.2.1image 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.
4.3.1image 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.
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.
5.5.1image 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.
5.5.5image 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.
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.
6.2.1image 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.
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.
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.

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