and Crash Analysis
Bicycling and public transportation are each alternatives to the private
many people, however, neither form of transportation can compete with
the automobile’s travel range, flexibility, and speed. But when bicycling
and public transit trips are combined, they can be as convenient as car
trips, and are often quicker and more relaxing, without the automobile’s
environmental impacts. This chapter identifies five objectives designed
to improve bicyclists’ access to transit.
bicycle access to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations and trains (Objective
will encourage bicycling and increase transit use. Key strategies include
designating a person to coordinate implementation of the recommended
CTA strategies; considering bicyclists’ needs in the planning, design, and
operation of CTA’s trains and stations; and providing more capacity and
storage options on CTA trains.
Permitting bicycles on
Metra trains (Objective 2) on a year-round basis would significantly
expand bicyclists’ travel options and range. Bike racks on CTA and Pace
buses (Objective 3) have greatly expanded
bicyclists’ mobility; widely publicizing these programs will increase usage.
secure bike parking at train stations (Objective
4) is a low-cost, effective
way to encourage bike-transit use and helps reduce the demand for automobile
parking, pick-up, and drop-off. A key strategy is to establish another
bicycle station, with secure bike parking, showers and/or changing facilities,
lockers, and bicycle rental and repair.
Marketing the bike-transit
connection (Objective 5) – informing the public of the services available
and providing incentives – is an inexpensive, effective way to encourage
this combined use.
Provide convenient connections between bicycling and transit.
Increase the number of bike-transit trips by 10 percent per
- Improve bicycle access to CTA stations and trains.
- Encourage Metra to
improve bicycle access to their stations and trains.
- Ensure that all CTA and Pace buses have functional
- Provide bike parking at train stations.
- Market and promote
the bike-transit connection.