Bike Share in Lakeview?

Next spring, Chicago will be launching one of the largest bike share programs in the United States. Riders will be able to pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at a station near their destination.

Beginning with 3000 bikes and 300 kiosk stations, and eventually expanding to 4000 bikes with 400 kiosks, bike share will give 1 million people visiting, living, and working in Chicago a new way to travel.

On the new Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) website, www.chicagobikes.org/bikeshare, people can suggest potential sites on an interactive map and comment on those already suggested. Besides the site, CDOT is organizing public meetings to introduce the city’s new bike shareprogram.

As one Chicagoan said: “So exciting! My boyfriend and I used a bike share in Montreal and it was incredible.”

The outreach meetings will give the public an opportunity to suggest locations for stations in the proposed service area, learn more about the system and ask questions about the bikes. Renderings of the docking stations as well as a prototype bike will also be provided at the meetings. The dates and locations of the public meetings are:

October 29
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM., Pop-up meeting at Union Station

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

October 30
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Lincoln Belmont Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose Street

November 7
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Avenue

If you have any questions about bike share, please feel free to contact

CDOT’s bicycle coordinator Ben Gomberg, ben.gomberg@cityofchicago.org. or the consultant project manager Mark de la Vergne, mdelavergne@samschwartz.com/

Information originally from the LSNA newsletter.

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