Chicago's Bike 2015 Plan


The city of Chicago recently unveiled their Bike 2015 Plan, which they're calling "the most ambitious bike plan in the United States." The plan, which features a whopping 150 strategies to encourage bicycling, recommends projects, programs and policies to encourage use of one of our favorite modes of transportation. Three years in preparation, the plan will implement Mayor Richard M. Daley’s goal to make Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States. Work has already begun on 75 of the plan’s 150 strategies, including, constructing 10 miles of new bikeways in 2006 to help reach the plan’s goal of a 500-mile bikeway network by 2015, permitting passengers aged 14 to 17 to board CTA trains and buses with their bicycles, on a trial basis, so that Chicagoland high school students can combine transit and bicycle use, and providing free valet bike parking at 11 Chicago festivals in 2006. The plan will also establish a mini-grant program to support community bicycling efforts and provide secure bike parking inside five to ten city buildings, to encourage more employees to bike to work. The full plan is here and has tons more info on the eight chapters of the plan and the rest of the initiatives to be achieved by 2015. We've been seeing some good things coming out of Chicago when it comes to bikes lately; we hope this is just the tip of the iceberg. ::Bike 2015 Plan, ::Chicagoland Bicycle Federation press release via ::Digg