and Crash Analysis
While bicycling is permitted on all streets in Chicago (except expressways)
many factors discourage bicycle use, including narrow travel lanes, congested
roads, and uneven pavement. This chapter identifies ways to make Chicago’s
streets more bicycle-friendly.
Accommodating bicycling in roadway projects
(Objective 1) helps ensure that bikeways are
incorporated as part of the roadway engineering design and construction,
expanding the bikeway network at minimal additional cost. Special attention
should be given to bicycling whenever bridges, underpasses, intersections,
and expressways are constructed or improved so that these facilities
do not become significant barriers to bicycling.
including streets outside the bikeway network, should be safe and comfortable
for bicycling (Objective 2). Popular streets for bicycling are recommended
to be improved. Many people are afraid to bicycle on Chicago’s streets
due to intimidating car traffic. Installing special signage and changing
the design of a street can force cars to drive slower and create conditions
which will encourage more people to bicycle more often.
Make all of Chicago’s streets safe and convenient for bicycling.
Bicyclists’ needs considered in every Chicago roadway project
- Accommodate bicycling in every city, county, and state road construction,
resurfacing, streetscape, and traffic calming project.
bicyclist safety and comfort on streets outside the bikeway