With Chicago’s new bike sharing program set to be unveiled in Spring 2013, the Chicago Department of Transportation has been taking suggestions from residents about where they’d like to see bike sharing kiosks. To date, there have been more than 50 suggestions for kiosks to be placed within Center Square Journal’s coverage area. The most common suggestions in the area were along Lincoln Avenue, with many people citing the soon-to-be eliminated #11 bus as their reason for a kiosk.
CDOT also gives people looking to make suggestions the option of supporting an already existing suggested location. At recent community meetings to discuss the logistics of the bike-sharing program, representatives from CDOT said that the more support a suggested kiosk has, the more likely it will come to be.
The kiosks can be placed either on the sidewalk or street, depending on traffic constraints.
The Western Brown Line had the second-most support out of any suggested location in the city, behind the intersection of Division, Ashland and Milwaukee Aves., with 74 people supporting a kiosk to be placed at the Lincoln Square L stop.
Other popular locations in the area include:
Representatives from CDOT have said that before any locations are decided on, there will be community meetings to discuss the matter.
47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar announced at the last community meeting to discuss the bike sharing program that he’d already purchased five kiosks to distribute in the ward.