Cycling in the city of Chicago has been growing over the years.  To accommodate such an important activity that is both physically and environmentally friendly, the city over the years has initiated regulations that not only protect biking and cyclists, but also help in promoting, growing and sustaining it in a positive way. Through the Mayor’s office in conjunction with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) the regulations covered in the Municipal Code of Chicago which outline both Pedestrians and Cyclists safety laws that are currently being enforced therefore helping them understand the rules and their rights as road users.  According to Chicago Department of Transportation, “Enforcement is a necessary reminder that traffic laws are a social compact with one another that can keep our entire community safe. CDOT is committed to working with partner agencies to refocus enforcement efforts to protect the safety of all users, particularly the most vulnerable”.

This is an example of a regional/localized initiative that can be tracked ,measured  and analyzed as it grows hence  tying and interesting  with the national sustainable development agenda  coined “livability” which keeps track of sustainable communities through several agencies  i.e. U.S  Department of Housing, and Development, Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Sustainable Communities) . Federal and local governments understand the need to promote and sustain such a personal activity because they also understand the utilitarianism it brings when people try to solve personal and collective problems. Cycling is a generally healthy activity, it helps ease auto congestion especially in large cities, and it is environmentally friendly …multiple layers choices, concerns and issues that are personal and also global.





-City Of Chicago: Environment/Programs and Initiatives-Chicago Deportment of Transportation (CDOT)

-“Measuring U.S Sustainable Urban Development”. E. L Birch,  A.Lynch, S.Andreason,  T . Eisenman, J .Robinson and K. Steif.  September 2011.

-Chris Martenson  – Peak Prosperity “ A Quiet Revolution in Bicycles : http://www.peakprosperity.com/quiet-revolution-bicycles-recapturing-role-utilitarian-people-movers-part-ii


4 thoughts on “C-DOT,C-BIKE

  1. What I find difficult to understand is why cities such as Chicago aren’t more enthusiastic about their cycling programs. Cycling obviously keeps the population healthy, lowering medical costs and saving millions. In addition, cities are cleaner due to less emissions from vehicles. Another huge benefit is the decrease in congestion due to more people getting around on cars. With less cars, there is less of a need to repair infrastructure. basically, the list can go on and on. Bike friendly policies can help a city financially, health wise, and environmentally. The pros seemingly can’t outweigh the cons.

    An ideal goal for a bike-friendly city is Amsterdam. There, for over a decade, people use their bikes to get around more than cars. The people and government of Amsterdam have welcomed the bike into their lives with open arms and have had significant success. They are definitely the model for Chicago to follow.



  2. I agree that, in environmental causes, change happens as a result of both individual and collective behavior. Living in Chicago, I have seen so man bike riders who struggle to find safe ways to navigate through inattentive pedestrians and impatient drivers. While the government can’t control the behaviors of people, it is vital that they implement a clear systems and/or policy so that those who chose sustainable alternatives are safe and are not disadvantaged by their sustainable choices.

    There needs to be more research done on peoples behaviors to ensure that there is a system created that coincides with human behavior. People tend to reject systems that go against their usual patterns, so it is vital to do the research. Until then, all we can do is hope that cities will realize the need for healthy alternatives and provide individuals with the support do so.



  3. I like that Chicago is making an effort to make cycling more friendly in the city through the use of protected bike lanes. And by making it easy to take the bus and train with your bike as a way to avoid car use. I think as an American society many of our ideals about living the “American Dream” revolve around sprawl and car use. In many places, biking just isn’t possible, but it’s nice to know that we are making progress at least in our major metropolitan areas.



  4. As one of the most cycling friendly cities in the United States, I am very surprised that it isn’t more accessible and safe. I think that more outreach of these programs and more incentive for residents to switch to cycling is a must. For example, with every person who owns a bike, should have access to free locking gear, free bike shop repairs and free safety gear. Also, bikers should have access to a free space to put the bike when riding around. These high costs for these services is one of the big concerns that people have when going to ride a bike because it is not as simple as it sounds, especially in the city. Unlike cars, bikes normally do not have insurance and it is very costly to have both a car and a bike, or CTA transportation and a bike. It is apparent that this is an issue that definitely needs more research, and also needs more policies in order to make it more sustainable. Great job on the research and your points!


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