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Bike Planning


Streets for Cycling Plan 2020

Building a city-wide bike network: Streets for Cycling Plan 2020


Bike 2015 Plan 

The Bike 2015 Plan is the City of Chicago’s vision to make bicycling an integral part of daily life in Chicago. The plan recommends projects, programs and policies for the next ten years to encourage use of this practical, non-polluting and affordable mode of transportation.

Read the Bike 2015 Plan online or download a printable version.



The Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council (MBAC) meets four times each year to discuss past, present and upcoming bicycling related projects and issues. Meetings are open to the public. To receive alerts about upcoming meetings, please sign-up here.

2014 MBAC meeting dates: Wednesday June 11, Wednesday September 10, Wednesday December 10.

MBAC meetings are in Room 1103 of City Hall, 121 N LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602. You can view the minutes from past meetings.


Complete Streets

"The safety and convenience of all users of the transportation system including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, freight, and motor vehicle drivers shall be accommodated and balanced in all types of transportation and development projects and through all phases of a project so that even the most vulnerable – children, elderly, and persons with disabilities – can travel safely within the public right of way."

Examples of how the Complete Streets policy may be implemented:

  • Design and construct right-of-way improvements in compliance with ADA accessibility guidelines.
  • Incorporate features that create a pedestrian friendly environment, such as
    • narrower traffic lanes
    • median refuges
    • curb extensions ("bulb-outs")
    • count-down pedestrian signals
  • Improve pedestrian accommodation and safety at signalized intersections by:
    • using good geometric design to minimize crossing distances and increase visibility between pedestrians and motorists
    • timing signals to minimize pedestrian delay & conflicts
    • balancing competing needs of vehicular level of service and pedestrian safety (e.g., 2007 version of MUTCD to reduce design walking speed from 4ft./sec. to 3.5 ft./sec.)
  • Reclaim street space for other uses through the use of "road diets"
    • e.g., convert 4-lane roadway to 3-lane roadway with marked bike lanes

Learn more on our Chicago Complete Streets Website


Bike 2000 Plan

Before the Bike 2015 Plan, Chicago had the Bike 2000 Plan (PDF).


Best Practices Report

Chicago is featured several times in the 1998 "Improving Conditions for Bicycling and Walking" (PDF) report from by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.


Chicago Bicycle Survey

A survey of Chicago households was conducted in 2005 to learn about which facilities Chicago bicycle riders used and what types of destinations they frequented. Read the report (PDF).

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