City of Chicago, Illinois
|Links to||City cycling office or resources||
|City cycling map||
Updated - 2006-09-14, 17
General Impressions - Cycling Facilities Encountered
Chicago has serious intend to improve cycling for transportation through an extensive program from cycling infrastructure to intermodal (cycling and transit) commuting, to education, and marketing.
At this time, their infrastructure on the ground includes some lengthy bike paths that maybe more recreational than commuting oriented, some bike lanes , and streets identified on the bicycling map which will be upgraded in the future for cycling.
Chicago has a cycling dream supported by some good cycling infrastructure designs that should appeal to people who may wish to cycle. They also have a good plan which does recognize that marketing is needed to draw people away from their cars and cycle or cycle-transit instead.
They also have a starting backbone of cycling lanes in place, mainly in the north-south direction. The bike lanes are supported by the 30 kilometres Lake Shore Drive Trail, an effective commuting route for north-south travel and a very pleasant recreational and exercise trail.
The city has taken the approach of doing the easily implementable bike lanes and work on the rest next. This may result in bike lanes that would appeal to a wider cycling base. The heavily biked roads may not receive treatment until later.
The city also sees bike lanes on all collector streets and many arterial streets. So, what the city has done is produce a cycling map that lists all cycling facilities in place today and shows as preferred cycling roads all those streets that will have bike lanes or shared road arrows in the future. This will help centralized the current cyclists to select roads and built up the demand base.
The network implementation is far enough allowing cyclists to travel extensive distances within the city on bike lanes or on the Lakefront or other trails. Cycling across half of the city on wide bike lanes is feasible. Unfortunately, at this time, these bike lanes serve only some communities and usually leading towards downtown. Crossing east-west is especially short of any quality cycling facilities.
What the city has is outsourcing the cycling program and cycling resources to an organization that is strictly cycling focused at this stage, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.
Now the issue they face is similar to that of about every other city. That is moving from a plan or a vision to reality, i.e. cycling facilities on the ground. They face the issue of implementing a plan without watering down the plan or the designs.
|Cycling Mode Share|
|Master Cycling Program|
|City Cycling Organizations|
|Public Involvement – Cycling Advisory Committee|
|Cycling Resources - Map|
|Trip Planning – On-Line|
|Cycling Resources - Website|
|Current Cycling Network|
|Future Network Plans|
|Naming Convention – Cycling Facilities|
Cycling Infrastructure Design
|Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road – Not Separated|
|Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road – Physically Separated|
|Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road Shoulder – Vertically Not Separated|
|Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road Shoulder – Vertically Separated|
|Off-Road Paths or Trails|
|Right Turn Traffic Lane and Straight Through Bike Lane|
|Left Turn Bike Lane|
|Cyclist-Activated Traffic Signals|
|Cyclist or Bike Stencil|
|Bike Lane Line Width|
|Bike Lane with Car Parking Adjacent|
|Signage||Signage, including destination, direction, information, and warning, was plentiful. The question is whether it is visible enough or can be easily missed when cycling by.|
|Signage - Right Turn Lane and Straight Through Bike Lane|
|Share the Road|
|Post and Ring|
|Municipal Policy and Strategy, Target|
|End of Trip Facilities|
Standards and Directions
|Cycling and Transit|
|Cycling Mode Share - Transit Ridership|
|Cycling Mode Share - Rapid Transit Station Access|
|Targets – Cycling and Transit Usage|
|Bus and Bikes|
|Bike Racks Bus Program||A commuter comments on bike racks on buses included being bypassed with loaded bike racks, poor maintenance of the bike racks, buses without bike racks, and buses with poor maintenance that breakdown leaving an undependable service impression.|
|Bus Stops Access and Bike Parking|
|Streetcars and Bikes|
|Rapid Transit and Bikes||
Bikes are allowed on these trains except for specific rush hour times. Bikes are restricted to the cars with sliding doors, not folding doors. Two bikes are allowed per car. Trains tend to have four cars, at least.
|Rapid Transit Stops Access and Bike Parking|
|Commuter Transit and Bikes - Regional|
|Rapid Transit Stops Access and Bike Parking||
|Bike Racks in Rapid Transit Stations||To provide greater security for cyclists, bike racks have been installed in stations inside the pay fair zone.|
|Trains – Inter-Regional|
|Cycling Friendly Transit Stops|
|Home or Work to Station Collector System||
|Marketing of Cycling|
|Communications with Cyclists|
|Education and Safety|
Cycling Contribution to the Economy
|Cycling and the Local Economy|
|Retail and Hospitality Services|
|Touring Cyclists Contributions|
|Contribution to Bicycle Industry|
|Opportunities for Improvement|