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Bike Sharing is Coming to Chicago

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is organizing public meetings to introduce the city's new bike share program.  Bike share offers people a fast, convenient, and fun way to get around. People pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at a station near their destination. Chicago will be launching one of the largest bike share programs in the United States in 2013, with 3000 bikes and 300 stations, and eventually 4000 bikes and 400 stations. This will give 1 million people living and/or working in Chicago's most congested areas a new way to travel.  

A website has also been launched to provide information about bike share and allow people to suggest potential sites.  The website can be found atwww.chicagobikes.org/bikeshare.  

The outreach meetings will give the public an opportunity to suggest locations for bike share stations in the proposed service area, learn more about the system and ask questions about the bikes and their rollout. 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 listed below: 

October 29

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Avenue

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pop-up meeting at Union Station

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Avenue 

October 30
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Belmont Public Library
1659 W. Melrose Street

November 7
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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).

 

Thank you.

Keywords: bike sharing, Chicago department of transportation

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