CTA to add some covered bicycle parking

The Chicago Transit Authority said the additions will help commuters who are turning to bikes and public transit because of high gas prices.

"With this project, Chicago continues to be a leader in encouraging bicycle and transit use," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "Bicycling is a great way to travel given the current record-high gas prices. This project will help reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy, and promote healthy physical activity."

"Expanding the amount of parking available for bicycles at CTA rail stations encourages more people to combine biking and public transportation as a means of travel and is part of CTA's continued efforts to encourage environmentally friendly transportation," said CTA President Ron Huberman.

The planned enclosed bike parking will be at four stations where demand for bike parking has exceeded available spots, according to the CTA. The stations are:

  • 112 spots at Midway on the Orange Line
  • 42 spots at Sox-35th on the Red Line
  • 120 spots at Jefferson Park on the Blue Line
  • 108 at Damen on the Blue Line
  • The CTA said the construction on the carport-looking structures will begin in August. The three-sided, bike parking spots are paid for through a federal grant.

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