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
1.1.4image 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.
1.2.2image 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.
1.2.6image 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?
1.3.9image 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.
1.4.6image of colored circle Improve access to the Lakefront Trail and other popular trails.Create or upgrade 5-10 access points by 2015.Status unknown.
1.6.4image 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.
2.1.1image of colored circle Ensure that new and refurbished bridges and underpasses are safe for bicycling.Monitor city, county, and state bridge and underpass construction projects to ensure that adequate accommodation for bicyclists is provided, beginning in 2005. Develop design standards by 2007; arrange city, county, and state approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. If you look at 1.6.5, only two bridges were retrofitted as a part of a bridge upgrade (Harrison and Randolph). Kinzie was retrofitted because of a new bikeway across the bridge.
2.1.2image of colored circle Routinely consider establishing bikeways during the planning and engineering design of roadways.Prepare a Bikeway Design Manual by 2007; arrange city, county and state approval and use by 2008. Develop roadway planning procedures by 2008.Status unknown. A Bikeway Design Guide was created by 2007 - I'm not sure if that's the same thing as the Bikeway Design Manual in the description.
2.1.3image of colored circle Make new and reconstructed intersections bicycle-friendly wherever possible, to reduce the higher incidence of bicycle crashes at or near intersections. Develop bicycle-friendly intersection design standards by 2007; arrange city, county and state approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. I've not heard of such bicycle-friendly intersection design standards for Chicago.
2.1.4image of colored circle Provide through bicycle access whenever building new streets, planned developments, cul-de-sacs, and traffic calming projects. Develop bicycle access standards by 2007. Arrange city approval and use by 2008.Status unknown. Cul-de-sacs are still being created without through bicycle access.
2.2.1image of colored circle Implement measures on selected roads with bikeways to reduce speeding and encourage bicycle use. Test measures at 5-10 locations by 2015.Status unknown. This is the same as Strategy XXX.
3.1.2image of colored circle Install bike parking inside office buildings. Provide free consulting services to encourage the installation of indoor bike parking at 15-25 buildings per year, beginning in 2005.Free consulting is provided, but to how many buildings' managers is unknown.
3.1.3image of colored circle Provide long-term bike parking for employees at buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies.Pilot long-term bike parking in 5-10 buildings owned by the City of Chicago and its sister agencies in 2006.Status unknown. I'm aware of some bike racks being installed at a few police stations in 2007.
3.1.4image of colored circle Partner with public institutions (e.g., universities, hospitals) to install short and long-term bike parking on their properties. Partner with 3-5 public institutions per year, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
3.1.5image of colored circle Encourage installation of bike parking at retail locations.Encourage 10 existing shopping centers to provide adequate bike parking by 2007, and an additional 25-50 existing shopping centers by 2010.Status unknown.
3.2.3image of colored circle Provide bike parking in appropriate city, county and state transportation projects.Prepare guidelines for appropriate city, county and state agencies in 2006. Review the plans of streetscape, transit and other appropriate transportation projects once or twice a year to ensure that bike parking is provided, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
3.2.5image of colored circle Consider expanding the bike parking requirements of Chicago's zoning ordinance to provide indoor bike parking, showers, and changing areas with the development of appropriate land uses.Determine appropriate changes to Chicago's zoning ordinance by 2007, including the appropriateness of bonus provisions.Status unknown.
3.4.2image of colored circle Establish indoor or sheltered bike parking at large sports facilities.Establish bike parking at 5-10 large sports facilities by 2010.I don't know of any indoor or sheltered bike parking at any sports facility in Chicago.
4.1.2image of colored circle Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to board CTA trains and buses. Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers with bicycles to 14 by 2006.Status unknown.
4.1.3image of colored circle Instruct CTA station attendants to provide clear directions and timely assistance to bicyclists.Incorporate a bike-transit module in new employee training by 2007.Status unknown.
4.1.4image of colored circle Provide bicycle access in the planning, design, and operation of new and refurbished CTA stations and trains.Prepare planning, design, and operational guidelines on providing bicycle access to CTA stations and trains by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants.Status unknown.
4.1.6image of colored circle Increase the number of bicycles that can be stored on CTA trains. 2008Test 3 to 5 methods for bicycle storage in CTA trains by 2008.I don't know if this has happened.
4.2.2image of colored circle Encourage Metra to provide bicycle access in the planning, design, and operation of new and refurbished stations and trains.Encourage Metra to prepare planning, design, and operational guidelines on providing bicycle access to their stations and trains by 2007.It's unknown if Metra has created such guidelines.
4.2.3image of colored circle Encourage Metra to provide convenient bicycle access and storage on new and refurbished trains.Encourage Metra to develop and implement planning, engineering, and operational guidelines for accommodating bicycles on new and refurbished Metra trains by 2007.It's unknown if this has happened.
4.2.4image of colored circle Encourage the posting of signs publicizing the bike-transit connection. 2008Encourage Metra to install signs at 10-20 stations by 2008.I don't know of any signs posted.
4.2.5image of colored circle Encourage Metra to increase the number of bicycles that can be stored on their trains. Encourage Metra to test 3-5 methods for bicycle storage in their trains by 2009.Status unknown.
4.4.3image of colored circle Test the viability of long-term bike parking at train stations.Test 3-5 long-term bike parking options, including lockers, by 2007.Status unknown.
4.4.4image of colored circle Consider providing indoor bike parking during the planning, design, and construction of new and reconstructed train stations. 2007CTA, Metra and the Chicago Department of Transportation develop and apply guidelines for providing indoor bike parking in new and reconstructed train stations by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants, beginning in 2007.I don't think this has happened.
4.4.5image of colored circle Maintain bicycle access during train station remodeling and reconstruction.2007Develop and implement a policy for maintaining bicycle access during train station construction by 2007.I don't know if such a policy exists.
4.4.6image of colored circle Provide bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded.Install bike parking whenever park-and-ride facilities are established or expanded, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
4.5.1image of colored circle Determine how to increase the number of people who combine bicycling and transit use.2006 Conduct annual customer surveys and user counts of the CTA's Bike & Ride program, beginning in 2006. Encourage Metra to conduct similar surveys and counts.Both CTA and Metra conduct user counts. Each conducts a bike parking count annually, but rarely conduct station access counts. I don't know when the last time either has done a station access count. The RTAMS website shows the latest Metra station access count as being conducted in 2006. I don't know if any of the various surveys either transit agency has conducted included questions about barriers to bike-transit use.
4.5.4image of colored circle Feature a Bike to Transit Week during the annual Bike Chicago festival.2006, 2015Stage an annual Bike to Transit Week, beginning in 2006.I don't think this has happened.
4.5.4image of colored circle Promote bike-transit use in existing transit incentive programs.2006Promote bike-transit use in the CTA's U-Pass, New Residents, and Transit Benefit programs, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
4.5.6image of colored circle Partner with the Safe Routes to School and Bike to Campus programs to encourage high school and university students to combine bicycle and transit trips.2007, 2015Revise the Safe Routes to School and Bike to Campus programs to promote bike-transit use, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
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.
5.1.4image 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.
5.2.2image 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.
5.3.5image 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.
5.5.3image 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.
5.5.6image 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
5.6.3image 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.
6.1.1image of colored circle Establish a Health and Transportation Task Force.2006, 2007Establish a Health and Transportation Task Force in 2006. Develop health performance measures and determine the requirements of the Bike to Health campaign by 2007.I don't know if such a task force exists, or if health performance measures or a Bike to Health campaign have ever been created
6.1.2image of colored circle Stage a Bike to Health campaign to promote bicycling.2006, 2008Stage 2-3 joint Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Transportation press events on bicycling and health per year, beginning in 2006. Stage an annual Bike to Health campaign, beginning in 2008. Incorporate bicycling into 3-5 health initiatives per year, beginning in 2008.Status unknown.
6.1.4image of colored circle Partner with community health programs to promote bicycling to Chicago's minority youth. 2008Promote bicycling in 3 community health programs targeting minority youth by 2008.Status unknown.
6.2.2image of colored circle Encourage fitness centers to provide showers and lockers to bicyclists. 2005, 2008Establish shower and locker services for bicyclists at 5 new fitness centers in 2005, increasing to 10-15 new fitness centers by 2008.Status unknown.
6.2.4image of colored circle Publicize the availability of new or improved trails to nearby residents. 2006Distribute promotional material to nearby residents, stage ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and organize rides along new or improved trails within 1 month of trail completion, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
6.2.5image of colored circle Establish a mini-grant program to support community efforts that encourage bicycling, particularly to infrequent cyclists.2007, 2010Obtain foundation and/or private sector funding by 2007. Award 5 mini-grants (under $2,500) annually, beginning in 2008, increasing to a minimum of 10 mini-grants annually by 2010.Status unknown.
6.2.6image of colored circle Pilot a car-free day.2010Pilot a car-free day by 2010. Survey the riders and participating city agencies within 2 months of the event completion, to determine how to make the event more successful.Status unknown.
6.3.1image of colored circle Increase the use of bicycles on the job by city agencies and departments.2006Increase the number of bicycles in the city's vehicle fleet by 5-10 percent per year, beginning in 2006.Status unknown.
6.3.2image of colored circle Pilot an individualized marketing campaign to people receptive to replacing automobile trips with bicycling, walking, transit, and carpooling.2007Pilot an individualized marketing campaign by 2007.Status unknown.
6.3.3image of colored circle Promote bicycling to target populations and groups that would most benefit from increased bicycling.2008Promote bicycling to 3 target populations and groups by 2008.Status unknown.
6.4.1image of colored circle Continue the Bike to Campus program to encourage bicycling to colleges and universities. 2007Stage the Bike to Campus program on an annual basis at 5-10 colleges and universities, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
6.4.3image of colored circle Pilot a Bike to the Park campaign to encourage bicycling to Chicago's parks and park events. 2008Pilot a Bike to the Park campaign by 2008.Status unknown.
6.4.4image of colored circle Stage a Shop by Bike campaign. 2010Stage a Shop by Bike campaign by 2010.I don't know if this ever happened.
6.4.5image of colored circle Expand the Safe Routes to School program.See Chapter 5: Education; Strategy 2.4.Status unknown.
6.4.6image of colored circle Promote the Bike to Transit option.See Chapter 4: Transit; Objective 5.Status unknown.
6.5.1image of colored circle Publicize opportunities for bicycle touring and rental in Chicago. 2006, 2007Distribute bicycle touring and rental information to 50-100 locations per year, beginning in 2006. Identify 3-5 self-guided bike tours in 2006. Feature information on bicycle touring and rental on 3-5 Web sites by 2007.Status unknown.
6.5.2image of colored circle Promote Chicago as a destination for bicycle tourism.2007, 2008Prepare a bicycle tourism marketing plan by 2007. Implement key recommendations by 2008.Status unknown.
7.1.1image of colored circle Report regularly to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council on bicycle enforcement and crash analysis issues. 2006, 2015Chicago Police continue attending the quarterly meetings of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council. Submit an annual report on the Chicago Police Department's bicycle enforcement and crash analysis efforts to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, beginning in 2006.I've never seen such a report or heard about the Chicago Police Department's bicycle enforcement and crash analysis efforts.
7.3.1image of colored circle Publicize and enforce the ordinance prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles in bike lanes. 2005, 2006Enforce the ordinance between May and October, particularly at the 15-025 worst locations in Chicago, beginning in 2005. Publicize enforcement efforts with an annual press release, beginning in 2005. Post "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs at the 25 worst locations for double parking in 2006.I've never seen the "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs nor heard of their presence. Bike lane enforcement has been extremely weak, issuing less than 10 each year from 2007 to 2011.
7.3.2image of colored circle Increase enforcement at locations with a disproportionately high number of bicycle crashes and injuries.2006, 2015Reduce the incidence of bicycle crashes and injuries at the top 15-25 crash locations by 5 percent annually, beginning in 2006.CDOT will receive the first ever (to my knowledge) crash analysis report later in 2012, which will identify the top crash locations. Have any of their incidence rates been reduced? I highly doubt it, positing that, if there's been any change, it's been an increase.
7.3.3image of colored circle Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting motorist behaviors that are the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.2006, 2010Stage education and enforcement campaigns in 3-5 police districts per year, beginning in 2006. Increase to 5-10 police districts per year by 2010. Publicize beforehand to encourage voluntary compliance.Status unknown.
7.3.4image of colored circle Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting particularly dangerous bicycling.2006, 2010Stage education and enforcement campaigns in 3-5 police districts per year, beginning in 2006. Increase to 5-10 police districts per year by 2010. Publicize beforehand to encourage voluntary compliance.Status unknown.
7.4.1image of colored circle Amend the Chicago Municipal Code so that it is consistent with state law and national best practices. 2006, 2007Identify appropriate changes in 2006. Amend the Chicago Municipal Code in 2007.Status unknown.
7.4.2image of colored circle Establish and publicize new penalties for reckless driving that endangers the lives of bicyclists. 2007, 2008Determine appropriate penalties by 2007. Establish penalties by 2008Status unknown.
7.5.1image of colored circle Determine how to improve the level and quality of reporting of bicycle crashes.2007Prepare report with recommendations how to improve the reporting of bicycle crashes by 2007.Status unknown. This is a "champion" issue of mine, having written about it for about a year on Steven Can Plan and Grid Chicago.
7.5.2image of colored circle Identify locations with a high number of bicycle crashes; determine the primary factors contributing to these crashes; and implement appropriate engineering, education, and enforcement and countermeasures.2007Identify locations every 2 years, beginning in 2007. Implement countermeasures at 5-10 problem areas per year, beginning in 2007. Submit an annual report with recommendations to prevent bicycle crashes to the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council, beginning in 2007.Status unknown. CDOT will receive its first ever (to my knowledge) crash analysis report later in 2012. I've never seen an annual report delivered to MBAC.
8.1.2image of colored circle Encourage an industry-sponsored study to identify the key barriers to the increased use of bicycle messengers in Chicago and opportunities for expansion and diversification. 2007, 2008Complete study by 2007; implement key recommendations in 2008.I don't know of such a study.
8.2.1image of colored circle Provide safety publications and bicycle maps to bicycle messenger companies.2005, 2015Distribute publications once or twice a year, beginning in 2005.I don't know of any time when safety publications and bicycle maps were distributed to bicycle messengers or bicycle messenger companies.
8.2.2image of colored circle Revise Chicago's bicycle messenger ordinance to specify that bicycle messengers must wear a suitable helmet while working and establish a mechanism to advise messenger services of infractions by their employees.2007Revise the bicycle messenger ordinance by 2007.I don't think this has happened.
8.2.3image of colored circle Require new bicycle messengers to complete a City of Chicago sponsored training session. 2007Establish a bicycle messenger training session, beginning in 2007.I don't believe such a training session has never been established.
8.2.4image of colored circle Encourage regular screenings of Chicago's bicycle messenger training video. 2007Update and distribute video by 2007.I'm not aware of the existence of such a video.
8.2.5image of colored circle Train appropriate police officers to enforce traffic laws and the bicycle messenger ordinance.2007Annual police training, beginning in 2007.Status unknown.
8.3.2image of colored circle Expand the annual Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day to a full day of events and promotions.2007Expand the annual Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day, beginning in 2007.I don't believe this has happened yet.

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