Certain Area Bike Sharing Locations Becoming More Likely

By Sam Charles | Friday, November 9, 2012

The bike sharing program in Washington D.C. is the largest in the country. City officials hope to claim that title when Chicago’s bike sharing program launches next Spring. Credit: flickr/EuanFisk

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:

  • The intersection of Montrose and Lincoln, supported by 47 people.
  • The Damen Brown Line Station, supported by 32 people.
  • Where Lawrence Avenue crosses the Chicago River, supported by 28 people.
  • The Rockwell Brown Line Station, supported by 29 people.
  • The intersection of Berteau and California avenues at Horner Park, supported by 26 people.

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.

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  • Greg Foster-Rice

    I’ve ridden the Paris Velib system and they are most effective when located near transit hubs (el stops) and sites of interest (museums, restaurant corridors, etc) so that they encourage multi-modal transit, i.e., get off the train, hop on a bike for the remaining 1/2mile or 1 mile, then park the bike. Another scenario involves linking adjacent neighborhoods with indirect mass transit connections. For example, Andersonville along Clark/Foster would be a terrific spot for bikes so that residents from Lincoln Square could grab a bike from the Western Station, ride to Andersonville. Park. Eat/Drink. Grab another bike and return to Western Brown Line stop. The reverse would apply to Andersonville residents willing and interested in sampling the cuisine in our neighborhood. I am really looking forward to the bike sharing program in Chicago.

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