Soles and Spokes: Walking and Cycling for Chicago Area Transportation
What is the Soles and Spokes planning process?
The Soles and Spokes planning process is to improve the ability to get around metropolitan Chicago by foot or by bicycle, including non-motorized access to transit services. Soles and Spokes also addresses the needs of people with disabilities. In the context of GO TO 2040's support of community livability, local support for transit, and regional mobility, Soles and Spokes provides technical assistance and data to improve the safety, convenience and frequency of walking and cycling throughout the region.
What is the process timeline?
The process is continuous. The project, initially envisioned as a stand-alone plan, is an on-going process to improve regional mobility and livability by supporting improvements to the walking and cycling environment, with an emphasis on transit access and accessibility for people with disabilities, consistent with the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. A work plan is developed for the process each year.
Soles and Spokes Blog:
The Soles and Spokes Blog provides technical information, news, funding opportunities, and event information concerning non-motorized transportation planning, focused on the Chicago Region. The blog is updated weekly.
Community Briefing Papers
Bikeway Information System, on the CMAP Data Sharing Hub. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Bikeway Inventory System (BIS) includes geographic-based datasets for bike facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in northeastern Illinois. The BIS has been designed as a geodatabase using ArcGIS. The geodatabase contains feature classes for each identified bikeway plan within the seven-county area. These plans have been developed and adopted by local governments, sub-regional Councils of Mayors (COGs), Counties, and, in conjunction with all the region's stakeholders, by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (The Regional Greenways and Trails Plan). The datasets, functions, and processes described herein represent the current state of our data and of the GIS system we use to analyze, map – and more broadly – communicate and coordinate bike planning efforts throughout northeastern Illinois.
Public Involvement for Existing Conditions Study
Soles and Spokes Workshops and Conferences:
CMAP and its predecessor CATS have sponsored the following Soles and Spokes Workshops and Conferences:
May 1998 Conference: James Mackay, "Good Design/Bad Design of Bicycle Facilities"; Ellen Vanderslice, "Pedestrian Advocacy."
May, 2000 Conference: Peter Lagerwey and John LaPlante, "Bicycle Facility Training; Peter Lagerwey and Cara Seiderman, "Pedestrian Facility Training."
December 2001 Workshop: James Mackay, "Over, Under, and Across: Grade Separations and At-Grade Crossings."
May, 2002 Workshop: Richard Killingsworth and Wendi Kallins, "Safe Routes to School"
June, 2002 Workshop: Michael Ronkin, "Bike Lanes and Paths"
September, 2002: Greenways and Trails Workshop (Co-Sponsored with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources).
February, 2003 Workshops: Michael Ronkin, "Pedestrian Design 101" and "Pedestrian Crossings."
March, 2005 Workshop: Michael King, "Real Intersection Design."
October, 2005 Workshop: Michael Moule and Lois Thibault, "Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility" (Co-Sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals)
June, 2006 Workshops: Michael Ronkin and Fred Ranck, "How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan," "Designing Streets for Pedestrian Safety," and "Traffic Signal Operations for Pedestrian Safety."
June, 2008 Workshops: John LaPlante and Scott Windley, "Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility"
December, 2008 Workshop: Various Presenters, "The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing a Local Bikeway Plan."
October, 2010 Workshop: Peter Rusch and Hillary Isebrands, "Designing Streets for Pedestrian Safety."
October, 2010 Workshops: Melody Geraci and Stacey Meekins, "Safe Routes to School Community Workshops."
April, 2012 Brownbag Workshop: Jeffrey Tumlin, "Parking and Sustainable Transportation Planning."
August, 2012 Workshop: John LaPlante, "Designing for Bicycle Safety."
November, 2012 Workshop: John LaPlante, "Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility."