and Crash Analysis
Improve bicycle access to CTA stations and trains.
||Assign coordination of the CTA strategies recommended in this chapter
to a specific position at the CTA.
||Performance Measures: 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
||Best Practices: Vancouver,
B.C., TransLink; King County, WA, Metro
||Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers
with bicycles to board CTA trains and buses. Currently customers 12 through 17 years
old must be accompanied by an adult. Lowering the age of unsupervised
access will enable adolescents, who need more transportation options,
to combine transit and bicycle use.
||Performance Measure: Lower the minimum permitted age for passengers
with bicycles to 14 by 2006.
||Best Practices: San
Francisco Bay Area, CA, BART; Philadelphia,
||Instruct CTA station attendants to provide clear directions and
timely assistance to bicyclists.
||Performance Measure: Incorporate a bike-transit module in new employee
training by 2007.
||Provide bicycle access in the planning, design,
and operation of new and refurbished CTA stations and trains. Integrate bicycle accommodations
into the planning for new transit facilities. Ensure that bicycle
access does not interfere with other passengers’ convenience or safety,
particularly for the disabled and elderly.
||Performance Measures: Prepare planning, design, and operational
guidelines on providing bicycle access to CTA stations and trains
by 2007. Widely distribute to appropriate staff and consultants.
||Best Practice: Portland, OR, TriMet
||Post signs publicizing the bike-transit connection. Show the best
routes to bicycle to the station, where to park bikes, nearby bicycle
shops, popular destinations, and how to bring bicycles on trains.
Begin with stations with the greatest potential for bike-transit
||Performance Measures: Install signs at 10 – 25 stations by 2008
and at 25 – 50 additional stations by 2015.
||Increase the number of bicycles that can be
stored on CTA trains. Test wall-mounted racks and other bicycle retention devices. Investigate
replacing fixed seats with folding seats and installing passenger
handholds. If successful, expand initiative.
||Performance Measure: Test 3 to 5 methods for bicycle storage in
CTA trains by 2008.
||Best Practices: San Jose, CA, VTA; Portland,
OR, TriMet; Copenhagen,
Federal transportation programs including the Congestion
Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Surface Transportation
Program, and Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program; Federal Transit
Administration; Regional Transportation Authority; CTA; chambers of commerce.