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Executive Summary

Introduction

Chapter 1
Bikeway Network

Chapter 2
Bicycle-friendly Streets

Chapter 3
Bike Parking

Chapter 4
Transit

Chapter 5
Education

Chapter 6
Marketing and
Health Promotion

Chapter 7
Law Enforcement
and Crash Analysis

Chapter 8
Bicycle Messengers

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Chapter 7

Objective Two:
Train police officers on bicycling issues.

Strategies

2.1 Establish a bicycling module in the Chicago Police Department’s Training Academy curriculum. Police officers enforce laws they understand and support. Train recruits on the:
• Rules of the road for bicyclists
• Types of illegal motorist behaviors that endanger bicyclists
• Most dangerous types of bicycling behaviors
• Most common causes of bicycle crashes
• Importance of reporting bicycle crashes
• Importance of investigating serious bicycle crash sites
• Best ways to prevent bicycle theft
• Advantages to policing by bicycle
• Transportation, health, and environmental benefits of bicycling
2.1.1 Performance Measure: Add a bicycle module to the academy curriculum by 2007.
2.1.2 Best Practices: Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Enforcement for Bicycle Safety course; Nevada Department of Public Safety, Nevada Elementary Traffic Safety Program Instructors Course; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Law Officer’s Guide to Bicycle Safety program (draft)
   
2.2 Educate Chicago police officers on specific enforcement issues. Reach police officers in inexpensive and effective ways, such as screening videos at roll call and distributing Action Alerts, memorandums to police officers on specific enforcement issues.
2.2.1 Performance Measures: Issue 2 bicycle Action Alerts per year by 2007. Screen an Enforcement for Bicycle Safety video at roll calls in all 25 police districts each year, beginning in 2007.

Possible Funding

Federal traffic safety (Section 402) funds; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Chicago Police Department; grant funding from law enforcement and injury prevention foundations and organizations; Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

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