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Kate Wimbiscus

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notes from Mike Erickon of CBF




-there is more than on registry in chi

-one up north, the cpd, and a national one

-also ones in every town

-interested in checking out lojack- the rate of stolen cars dropped. so why not bikes?

-said he talked to a cop who said the more expensive the bike is (if stolen) the more serious the police will take it

-there are hot spots for bike theft that need to be observed and kept an eye on

-city survey

-bike parking

-NYC may 07 bike survey
















Small Group Work!!!! boooya



Here are some different bike racks...this is what's out there: let's redesign these!!!!!!!!


- crazy..but an interesting analog. what if we could incorporate some kind of device in a bike or the lock which would give you the shocking sensation and make it WAY harder to steal a bike..or ride it if the bike doesn't recognize you. sounds nuts..but check out this  website. i am trying to extend my mind beyond what we know as locks... conside the "operation" analog..the mattel game?? once you break through a layer of the lock it would shock anything that touchs it making it harder to bust.....we need to totally redesign the lock.







Group Work: KATE

Design Brief: We want to provide a system that integrates bike storage and transportation. We plan to utilize pre-existing space and unused trails/tracks to ultimately promote people to bike more. This system will make bike commutes to and throughout the city more accessible to the public and also spread knowledge of biker's rights and responsibilities.



1. metra

2. chicago bike trails

3. suburbs


1. Metra Bike Program: http://www.metrarail.com/Special_Promotions/bikes_on_trains.html

Metra’s Bikes on Trains program is designed to enable cyclists to bring their standard-form bicycles on board trains during weekday off-peak hours and on weekends. Three bicycles are allowed in the priority seating area in each accessible diesel rail car; two in each electric railcar. There is no additional charge to your Metra fare to take a bicycle on board the train.

Cyclists will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if coaches are crowded or access is impeded, and we make no assurances that space will be available for bicycles. Standard bicycles that do not exceed 70 inches in length are permitted on designated trains; tricycles, tandems, trailers, bulky attachments, training wheels or powered bicycles are prohibited.

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Basically, these rules and regulations, in my opinion, make it very difficult for people to commute with their bikes. These are the times you are allowed to bring your bike aboard: all weekday trains arriving in Chicago after 9:30 AM and leaving Chicago before 3:00 PM and after 7:00 PM, and on all weekend trains. I think they could make this a lot easier by possible having one or two cars devoted to bikes. They could create a space to store the bike instead of securing it in the handicapped seating. By doing so, there would be a space for everyone. Metra mentions bringing your bike on is first come first serve. This would constantly put you at the risk of not even being able to bring your bike on at all. I commute from the suburbs and would gladly bring my bike up, but the hours I am allowed to do not coincide with the hours I would actually need to ride metra. If metra could untegrate a new system for transporting bikes, I believe there would be many more people that would bring their bikes on board. This in turn would also lessen the use of cars in the suburbs because the commuters could ride their bike to the station, bring it onboard, and ride it back home.


2. chicago bike trails: http://www.cityofchicago.org/Transportation/bikemap/keymap.html

This is a website that will let you enter your zipcode or general neighborhood in Chicago and show you everything you need to know about bike trails and lanes. For example, here is an image of the Lake View neighborhood. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket It shows existing bike lanes, existing marked shared lanes, recommended bike routes, existing off-street trails, proposed off-street trails, open metal grate bridges, bike shop locations, and CTA stations with indoor parking (most trnsit stations have outdoor bike racks).

Here are some images of the types of bikeways:

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5’ to 6’ wide section on each side of the street reserved for

bicycle use.

Usually established on streets with lots of traffic.

Special pavement markings and signs identify the lanes.

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Cars and bicycles share the street.

Usually established on streets with lots of traffic that are too narrow for bike lanes.

Special pavement markings direct bicyclists to ride outside the "Door Zone" (see "Door Zone" panel). Markings and signs also encourage cars to share the lane with bicyclists. route or commercial access and are not wide enough to stripe bike lanes.

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Cars and bicycles share the lane.

Many bike routes have signs showing the direction and distance

to the destinations (e.g. the Loop, the lakefront).

Bike routes are usually on streets that aren't wide enough for

bike lanes but are good streets for biking.

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Paved paths separated from the road for bicyclists, walkers, runners,

and in-line skaters (such as the Lakefront Trail).

Besides just showing trails and lanes, this site also gives bikers great tips for sharing the trail.

1. Keep to the right.

2. Yield to pedestrians and slower moving traffic except when passing. Slow down when there are lots of users on the trail.

3. Use your path.

4. Don't ride on designated walking or running paths.

5. Be careful at crossings. Look both ways.

6. Cyclists: yield to through traffic at intersections. Remember, pedestrians have the right of way.

7. Pedestrians: exercise caution. Be aware of the stopping limitations of cyclists and skaters.

8. Advise others when passing.

9. Sound your bell or horn or call out when approaching pedestrians or slower cyclists, then pass safely on the left.

They also give basic rules for bikes on transit:

CTA Buses and Trains


Bring your bike on all CTA trains except weekdays 7:00-9:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm. (Note: if trains are too crowded, bikes may be prohibited.) For more information on taking bicycles on trains or buses or for a free copy of the “Bike & Ride” brochure and

route map, call 1-800-YOUR-CTA or visit www.transitchicago.com


Metra Trains


Bring your bike on all Metra trains except weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 9:30 am and leaving Chicago between 3:00-7:00 pm. (Note: If trains are too crowded, bikes may be prohibited.

Bicycles are also prohibited on certain holidays.)

For more information, including rules and regulations, schedules and fares, call 836-7000 or visit www.metrarail.com


PACE Buses


For route information, call 312-836-7000 or visit www.pacebus.com


Bicycle Racks on Buses

Bicycle racks are available on the front of all CTA and PACE buses. Bicycles can be placed on the bicycle racks during the normal hours of operation for each route. Racks accommodate two bicycles at a time.Remove large accessories from your bike before loading your bike. If you’re concerned about the safety of your bicycle, lock your bicycle’s front wheel to your frame before the bus arrives.

Alert the bus operator that you need to lower the rack.

Lower the rack by squeezing the handle. If another bicycle is in position, the rack will already be lowered. If the bicycle rack is full, wait for the next bus.

Lift your bicycle so it sits in the empty wheel well. If yours is the first bicycle to be loaded, place it in the position nearest the bus, with the front wheel facing the curb. If yours is the second bicycle to be loaded, place it with the rear wheel facing the curb.

Swing the bicycle support arm over the front tire to hold the bicycle in place. Locks may not be used to secure the bicycles to the racks. Board the bus and pay your fare.

Your bicycle rides free! When you come to your stop, get off the bus at the front and tell the operator that you’ll be taking your bicycle off. The operator will make sure you’re clear of the bus before leaving the stop. Never step into traffic



I think this website is amazing. One of the reasons people don't commute is because of their lack of knowledge. I can personally vouch for that by admitting that I am scared to bike in the city simply because I'm not really sure what you can and can't do and where you can ride. In addition to creating a new system, we also need to spread the knowledge. We need to make sites like this key for bikers. We need to advertise this information throuh the internet and mailers. There could even be classes and workshops for new bikers.


3. The Suburbs: Here is an interesting article regarding biking in the burbs, http://www.dailyherald.com/story/print/?id=30332

Besides talking about saving gas money, the author also talks about ideas in promoting a bike commute. Here is some info:

    • How employers can encourage bike commuting

The bottom line


• Supporting bike commuting is less costly than in-office fitness facilities.


• Employers who appreciate workers' personal needs have less employee turnover.


• Healthier employees can reduce health insurance costs.


Better employees


• Workers will see commuting as personal time to relax instead of increasing stress.


• Fit employees are more alert, productive and efficient.


• Bike commuting can be substituted for the gym, saving employees personal time.


Bike facilities


• Showers and private changing rooms are ideal.


• Arrange for shower use at a local health club for your workers.


• Devote hanging space or a standing wardrobe so cyclists can store work clothes.


Parking and storage


• Indoor, secure bike parking near changing rooms on the ground floor is ideal.


• For outdoor bike parking, use bike lockers or covered racks. Area should be accessible, visible and secure.


Route coordination


• Appoint a bike commuting coordinator to help employees plan low-traffic, safe and direct routes using local bike route maps.


• Encourage cyclist education among employees; educated riders are safe riders.


Financial incentives


• Partner with a local bike shop to offer discounts or maintenance clinics. Allow the bike shop to showcase new models during lunch.


• Offer subsidies for bike commuters who don't use car parking spaces. Other incentives can include mileage stipends, extra vacation time and providing lunch to bike commuters.


• Allow bike commuters to dress more casually at work; organize a lunchtime race.


Promote it


• Form a company bicycle club or race team; increase your own exposure locally.


• Offer tips on how to start a bike commuting program to other local businesses.


• Encourage employees to help co-workers make the switch to bike commuting.


These are excellent. I believe we need to address issues in the burbs to integrate everything together. Everyone doens't live in the city, but A LOT of people go to the city for work, school, & recreation. If we can create a system that would include the suburbs, I think the number of drivers would really go down all throughout the state. I live in Joliet, and I drove around one day looking for any and everything that had to do with biking. I took tons of photos and talked to some people. I didn't see many bikers on the roads. I mostly saw kids biking for recreation. There were a TON of trails though..Bike friendly. There were locks at every trail..Although I didn't really see anyone biking on the trail. I think for right now, many suburbs are just not bike-friendly. In Joliet, I found one street witha bike lane. Most people out here ride on sidewalk anyway. That is not bad..but there aren't sidewalks everywhere. I've ridden the metra a million times and have never once seen anyone bring their bike aboard. First of all, I think its hard..There are stairs to climb..not everyone can bring their bike up. There is an elevator at the Joliet stop, however I stopped by the Lisle train stop and there were 3 flights of stairs and no elevator. I think this limits the users alot. Metra could use something very simple, like the concrete dip going up next to the stairs like we saw at Milennium.


Here are some important maps of the metra lines, cta lines, and chicago neighborhoods:


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Ok- so what can I conclude from my research this week?

Transportation to the city from the burbs isn't very easy. I think in whatever we ultimately come up with, we need to integrate metra and possibly pace bus services from surrounding suburbs. Besides just focusing on the city, we should try to make the burbs more bike friendly. Spreading the knowledge can only help our cause. We must take into consideration everything. There must be a way for people to get their bikes up to the stations if they're elevated, there must be some kind of designated car for bikes. Extending the hours bikes are allowed would def. make it tons easier for commuters to bring their bikes. I didn't really see many bike racks at a lot of the stops. If there were more, and if they were covered and away from the weather elements, it may be more appealing for commuteres. Going back to the article, I think businesses should try to incorporate a system also allowing showers/lockers/bike parking. As far as the burbs go, I didn't really see anyone out on the road biking. So far, it's mostly a recreational thing out here. There are tons of trails..but they are there for exercise & recreation. Like I said earlier, most people here ride on the sidewalks because there aren't many pedestrians. the only hard thing about locking mech's on metra is that you don't have much time during your stop to unlock your entire bike and get it off, esp. if it's busy. if there were one or two cars devoted just for bikes, bikers could bring their bikes on and there could be some kind of mechanism that would hold your bike in place. i dont think its necessary to lock it up, i think the bikers should be able to sit on the same car as their bike.

Another thing I noticed was that there were not many racks at the schools I checked out. There was one little rack at the University here, none at the highschool, and one at a middle school. If more students could bike that would help parents as well as limit the number of drivers. This then would promote a different lifestyle. If we teach people when they're young that biking is a better solution, they may carry it on to their careers and find a way to utilize their bikes not just for recreation, but for commuting also. I think its harder for kids because they might not know how to lock up a bike, or are able to afford a decent lock. something we could try and do at all schools is possibly have a seperate space just for bikes..esp. at colleges. maybe at first integrate a bike parking lot with rentable locks or actually rent spaces at cheap rates and use locking mechanisms similar to what we saw at milenium. security would also be an issue, but at most schools there are campus police. it could be a seperate duty, and possibly create a program where a student could volunteer to manage it. i really think if we start in schools it will teach kids to bike more when they're older.

you guys mentioned more storing mech's on metra- i was thinking that first of all, the car may need a ramp (like the handicapped ramp that comes out) to wheel their bikes up. it would be really awesome if the cars designated for bikes were totally redesigned with something that just folds out and creates a ramp everytime the door is open. this would help people get the bikes on and off so easily and wouldn't ""jumble" up the passageway. use road rules, stay on the right..so nobody would clash while entering and exiting. so once you get your bike onto the car i was thinking along the sides where the windows currently are there could be hooks going vertical or horizontal for people to just "hook and go". it would be cool to still have the top level where there would still be seats for bikers. by keeping the biker on the same train car as their bike, i think we could totally do away with actually locking your bike up on metra. anyway, locking them up would create a huge hassel because it would take so much longer, and the trains only stop for a minute maybe at each stop. this site was prety interesting, talking about the bike transport system in the puget sound area:


this site is pretty awesome- this dude gives traveling with your bike advice for many differnt means of transportation in any country you choose:


this site is also similar, but for germany:








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Worn tracks sometimes require 'slow zones'

WLS By Charles Thomas

- Delays and service cuts may be coming down the line for Metra commuters. There is a prediction of diminished service within the next year because of budget problems. Officials say they need to fill a $60 million deficit in Metra's operating budget.

Metra's budget problems mirror those of the CTA, and there are concerns that a tax increase may be needed to keep Metra running at full speed.

Metra budget problems are so serious we heard a state politician use the dread "t-word" when recommending how to solve the problem. Its directors insist that Metra needs a fast infusion of cash or commuters will ride a slower, rundown railroad in the future.

With a projected 82 million-plus tickets sold this year, and 97 percent on time record, Metra has become the crown jewel of the region's mass transit system.

"Much more predictable than the traffic on the Eisenhower or one of the alternatives," said Bill Beck, Glen Ellyn.

"Unless there's a major weather factor, they could be delayed, but generally they do a good job on time," said Terri Jacobbe, Chicago.

But Metra board members agree that after three years of deficits in its operating budget the railroad's on-time performance and overall service will decline in the next year. Without any additional state help, since 2003 Metra has made up shortfalls in its operating budget by borrowing from its capital budget, which is money that's supposed to be spent on equipment, signals and track.

As the railroad wears out, regulators impose "slow zones."

"It's critical that we quit robbing the capital program to support operations, and the only way we can do that is by getting some assistance from Springfield," said Elonzo Hill, Metra board member.

Revenues from fares -- increased this year -- plus state sales taxes levied in the city and suburbs are supposed to provide enough money to operate Metra.

Governor Blagojevich, during his re-election campaign, promised no state income or sales tax increases.

"I hope the governor will be realistic about our needs as we move forward," said Ill. Rep. Julie Hamos, (D)-Evanston.

But state House Mass Transit Committee Chairwoman Julie Hamos says, now that the election season has ended, area resident should expect a transportation-related tax increase.

"We're going to come in with a range of tax ideas but don't pretend this is not going to take some kind of new tax," said Hamos.

Hamos said she expects state lawmakers to tackle funding issues for the CTA and Pace as well as Metra as soon as January. She also said lawmakers will explore a wide range of tax and fee increases, and won't necessarily include income and sales taxes.







Metra Budget Tight Despite Ridership Increase

More Than $250M Required Annually Just For System Maintenance

(Naperville Sun) CHICAGO Despite seeing a record number of passengers in 2006, Metra's additional rider revenue does not offset the company's near $269 million deficit in its 2007 operating budget.


Nearly 80 million passenger trips were provided last year in the six-county region - a 5.2 percent increase from 2005. Based on ticket sales, this is the highest number recorded in the 38-year history of passenger rail service in Northeastern Illinois, Metra officials said.


With 15.8 million trips in 2006, a 2.7 percent increase from the year prior, the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line continues to be the system's busiest route.


"This surge in ridership highlights the need to continue to maintain and expand our commuter rail system," Metra Executive Director Phillip Pagano said in a statement.


More than $250 million is required annually just for system maintenance. But only $231 million is planned for in the 2007 capital budget, assuming more than $60 million will be received from the additional state funding. Under advice from the Regional Transportation Authority, the blanket organization for Metra, Pace and Chicago Transit Authority, Metra prepared a budget that anticipates additional operating funds from the state allowing for the increase in its capital budget.

"Although such funding is essential, we have no guarantee that it will be forthcoming," according to the 2007 budget's executive summary by Carole Davis, chairman of the board.


If the funding is not realized, Metra will again divert capital funds to its operating budget.

In 2006, $68 million was diverted, leaving many maintenance and repair projects for the following year. But as much as $71 million may be diverted this year, according to this year's executive summary.


"In 2007, $60 million worth of work to restore and maintain rolling stock, track and structures, signals, electrical and communications equipment, support facilities, stations and parking lots across the Metra system could be impacted if capital funds are diverted to operations," Davis says in the reports.

Currently the rail service has $1.7 billion in unfunded capital projects just to maintain its infrastructure. That's in addition to $2.5 billion in unfunded capital projects to expand its services, including the proposed Suburban Transit Access Route, which would connect Joliet north to Hoffman Estates and then east to O'Hare.


Metra, as well as Pace and the CTA's ability to provide and expand current service levels, hinges on the RTA's Moving Beyond Congestion campaign, which calls for $10 billion in additional state funding over the next five years and $400 million more annually for operating expenses.


The RTA is calling 2007 the "year of decision" for the Illinois General Assembly to find the means to fund the agency.


The Moving Beyond Congestion strategic plan is a 30-year outlook that calls for or $37.5 billion for the maintenance, enhancement and expansion of current transit offerings including bus, rail and paratransit services.


The House's mass transit committee is currently reviewing the plan.

(CBS 2, the Naperville Sun and the Aurora Beacon-News are news partners covering stories in the western suburbs of Chicago. If you know of stories happening in this region, contact us.




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CTA 2007 budget gap: $110 million

The CTA is gambling on the largesse of the state legislature -- $110 million large -- to balance its budget in 2007. Otherwise, the system "will have to shrink," says CTA President Frank Kruesi.

The state gave $54 million this year to avoid deep cuts in service. To its credit, the Civic Federation of Chicago "chastised the CTA for putting out a budget plan that is based on a $110 million contribution from the state that has not been pledged or guaranteed," reports the Tribune.

"We are surprised and disappointed. It is not fiscally responsible to propose a budget that lacks an identified revenue source for 10 percent of the spending planned over the coming year," said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation of Chicago.

Let the posturing begin.




so..after reading through these articles..it looks like there is little or no budget available for a total redesign for bike cars..boo.

soo..i FINALLY found some bikers!! 2 in one night...here is what I got:


When:  Sept 26, around 10pm waiting for the 10:55 pm metra train to Joliet



  • I see this guy, 40ish...walking his bike down the platform..i run up to him and introduce myself. i tell him what i am working on and he has not heard of the bike 2015 plan. soo..
  • He works at a theatre in the loop
  • he commutes from 91st st. (evergreen park)
  • he told me there are standard racks @ 91st stop
  • he gets to his stop early in case he needs to lock up his bike
  • when he gets to lasalle he has nowhere to put his bike when he buys a ticket or uses the bathroom and gets yelled at if he tries to bring it in the station or lock it up near the platform
  • he bikes to chi about 5-6 days a week
  • he likes the bikes on trains program on metra- thinks its good
  • hes never been hassled by conductors, he says they're nice and just make sure rules are followed
  • sometimes the handicap seats are taken by non-handicap riders and he has to ask them to move, they aren't always understanding
  • he rides his bike in the rain
  • he has a zip pouch under his seat wher ehe keeps a plastic bag so he can put it over his seat while bike is locked so seat doesnt get wet
  • never had a bike stolen or messed with
  • has a cargo holder that folds up into a basket
  • will bike in winter, but hasn't yet
  • works with guys who bike in the winter
  • his job has showers and lockers that are for the actors and the employees are allowed to use them also
  • his boss lets people park in the dock area where its very secure
  • his boss is also an avid bike and actualy built a bike room in an old coat room to hang bikes
  • he has had his seat stolen
  • uses a master lock cable thru bike frams and front wheel
  • if he's gone for a long time, he'll take his seat and helmet with him, otherwise he'll lock em up
  • his seat has a hole in it that is meant to alleviate pressure for men, but doubles as a way of locking it up
  • once he was in the bike lane in chi, doesnt remember where, and bmx cut him off but he blasted his bike horn..very loud (zounds)
  • knows a lot of people who got doored
  • his friend did- flew off bike into oncoming ambulance seperated his shouldr and out of work for 8 wks. seeking a lawyer...
  • he knows a cop who said that once the door in a car is open, the person is a pedestrian and bikers need to yield to them, so bikes fault
  • there were a few times when he got to the train and there was no room but the conductor let him bring it in the foyer because he's only 3 stops out of chi
  • one night he was coming hoem and there was a concert or something and about 6 kids brought their bmx bikes on, conductor made them spread out bt cars, but technically you can fit 9 bikes on one car
  • he has a constant fear of being on the car that is not going to open but hasn't happened yet
  • has never had to switch cars with his bike
  • took cta orange line once bc he was trying to find best route to city, but metra is better
  • he said there is no way to latch your bike onto anything in cta trains
  • thinks about taking red line to get home off of 87th stop but there are more restrictions on cta then metra
  • no stairs at his stop (91st) but there are at lasalle.
  • doesn't mind carrying his bike even though its a steel frame (heaviest out there he says)
  • says its crazy trying to go against pedestrian traffic in hall of lasalle station when its busy..going against people
  • he grocery shops on his bike..cargo basket for small trips and trailer for big trops
  • he brings his 2 yr old son with him when he shops m
  • he would love for his son to grow up biking like him (to school)
  • he says there are racks at the schools in his town
  • he bikes bc its cheaper
  • his commute is longer biking then driving, but again it's cheaper
  • he will be driving in nov and dec bc wife is preg (due soon)
  • biked home once from city..12 miles..took the ride "nice and easy"
  • he took western- not bad at night..but SCARY when busy
  • he was a bit scared at 1st to bike in the city
  • has had bike accidents- but all his fault
  • bike a lot thru life
  • his bike is about 8 yrs old
  • he bought it after his brand new car was totaled
  • needed something to get aorund in..and something RELIABLE
  • would love to see more bike lanes in chi and burbs
  • went on the fort major trail in beverly and saw tons of unused L tracks
  • told me that in NYC they turned L tracks into walkways
  • biking adds 1.5 hours to his commute. makes his wife mad but he doesn't mind
  • if there were more milenium stations around..he would use them
  • works on wells and washington
  • his wife bikes also..shes a fitness instructor..leads jogs on her bike
  • doesn'tfeel a need to workout because he bikes so much
  • says biking in rain sucks, its cold!
  • brings a back pack with him on daily rides
  • someitmes has to bring tools to work with him..puts them in basket..no fun
  • bikes as a family--believes its very important~


  • man in his 40ish
  • bikes from midlothian on metra
  • he lives ten blocks from the station in the burbs
  • he has had 2 bikes stolen, in chi, at metra station
  • very mad
  • he bikes about 15 mns total in the loops
  • he is a recreational rider also
  • doesn't usually wear helmet
  • no accidents ever in his 12 yrs of biking
  • he bikes because parking is hard in loop and very expensive
  • there are racks @ work
  • he leaves his bike overnight in the city and that's when they're stolen
  • he doesn't carry a repair kit
  • has a cargo carrier but doesn't bring any bags to work
  • has the kryptonite U lock
  • has no probs bringing bike up and down stairs at lasalle
  • wants more bikes lanes
  • scared of getting his bike stolen
  • loves the bikes on trains program on metra
  • bikes in the rain but not in the winter
  • used to bring his bike on cta
  • has never had to transfer cars on metra
  • commutes 5-6 days a week
  • HATES cops and taxis..says they're the worst and most inconsiderate of bikers
  • bought one of the huge 10 lb chains but still got bike stolen..does not know how
  • would but the chain around his seat while riding
  • doesn't take seat out or lock wheel, just thru frame
  • has never had a flat
  • no lights of reflectors
  • has about an hour commute everyday including ride on met and bike
  • he owns 6 other bikes at home
  • biking is a huge hobby of his
  • was never scared to bike in city
  • does  20 block ride everyday
  • has never had his bikes stolen at his home
  • only thing he doesnt like about metra is the times you're allowed ot bring your bike on
  • wants less cars in general...thinks its bad for enviro.
  • doesn't like cars in city and would love more bikers
  • feels a lot healthier bc hes a biker, doesn't need to go to the gym
  • has no bags to carry on
  • stops biking when it starts snowing, and continues when snow is gone
  • he would bike in the cold.only thing stopping him is snow
  • has the car attachment so he can carry multiple bikes on his car
  • comes to the lsd trails
  • works at a hotel so there are showers there he can use, loves that

I am going to  conclude what i've learned from these interviews:

Basically..everything I thought up to this point is garbage..what i though..boo. so these 2 guys love the metra program and really have no problems with it. i always thought it was horrible..shows wha ti know. i still havent brought my bike on metra...but i have a good reason. anyway..this shows me firsthand experience that i can't make conclusions until i have solid info.  along with the articles i found..looks like my ideas for metra cars for bikes probably aren't even possible..seems like what we really need to do now is PROMote promote promote. maybe if people knew more about biking in the burbs and on metra they wouldn't be so scared. like i keep saying..i think there need to be busiess incentives...i mean these 2 guys i talked to were a little different..there jobs had showers available..not everywhere wil..they just happen to. they love it though and said it would really suck without showers..lockers too.











Guys- here are some really informative & interesting links I dug up....


BTS introduces the Transglide 2000- it wants to increase urban mobility @ a fraction of the cost of traditional modes of urban mass transportation.




This is going on in the northwestern part of the U.S. It is a bicycle transportation alliance which creates healthy and sustainable communites by making bicycling safwe, more convenient, and accessible. It also offers regular workshops @ BTA headquarters year round (winter too). It has bicycle legal clinics also that let you know your rights and responsibilities as a biker.




The Federal Highway Administration Office of Human and Natural Environment. It is a non-motorized transportation program that introduces a network of non-motorized transportation infrastructure facilities in four communities (Columbia, MO, Marin Co, CA, Minneapolis, & Sheboygan Co, WI.)

"The purpose of the program shall be to demonstrate the extent to which biking can carry a significant part of the transportation load & represent a major portion of the transportation solution"



Wants to create a natoin-wide network of trails from former rail lines & connecting corridors.



notable bike tunnels













European Cyclists Federation

Eurovelo- "aims to promote a shift to the bike from the car". This is a European cycle route network to develop 12 long distance routes crossing the entire continent of Europe.



The NETC is an information service sponsored by the Federal Highway Admin. & Rails to Trails. It provides professionals, policy makers, & citezens with timely and accurate info. neccessary to make well informed decisions about transportation enhancements.



Lists Il bike paths & maps, also bike rides for the current year.



All the bike-info you could imagine..including biking laws, parking, commuting, trails & lanes.


Kate, I believe you mentioned you couldn't find winter biking tips? Here's a source, based in....Chicago:

http://bikewinter.org/ Carl



another bike map and trail list



There may be no better place to bicycle than in Illinois. From flat prairie land, to rolling hills, to towering bluffs to breathtaking river and lakefront views -- Illinois has it all. If you haven't been on a bicycle lately, you don't know what you are missing. Hop on and take in some of the best scenery Mother Nature has to offer.




lists bike state laws of every state










Here are some crazy videos...**







Wants a bike tunnel?




Williamsburg bridge in Manhatten, NY





Crazy stuff...



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