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Chicago's spiffy new bike station

Kaid Benfield

Posted April 21, 2010

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Thanks to Streetfilms and the National Association of City Transportation Officials, here is a neat video on a great new facility in Chicago's Millennium Park.  It provides all sorts of services to bike commuters, other cyclists, and tourists.  I really like it:


Thanks to Ben Welle for first posting this on his City Parks Blog.

Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment.  For more posts, see his blog's home page. 


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Randy A. SimesApr 21 2010 09:21 AM

I believe this bike station has been in Millennium Park for several years now. I think I remember visiting it when I visited back in 2006 or 2007.

In either case, it is still a very cool asset at the park, and a great feature for bicycle commuters.

KSuhrApr 21 2010 09:50 AM

Nice! The showers seem especially handy. I have a short bike commute in DC (about 2 miles each way) so I can clean up ok in my office, but I wouldn't want to do it from much further away without showers on hand. This probably makes it possible for more people to ride in. It would also be nice if you want to go for a ride on the weekend and then go out in the city. Your bike is safe and you don't have to be stinky all day.

Randy A. SimesApr 21 2010 05:03 PM

Also just so you know, Cincinnati is planning a very similar bike station at its Central Riverfront Park which is currently under construction.

The new park will extend the Ohio River Trail all the way into downtown Cincinnati and allow bicycle commuters to ride all the way into downtown from the city's eastern suburbs. As a result, park planners thought it was a good idea to accommodate them with such a facility. It should be completed and ready for use Spring 2010.

Kaid @ NRDCApr 21 2010 05:21 PM

Excellent. There is a relatively new one in DC as well, at Union Station. If readers follow the link to Ben Welle's original post, he has a link there to a story on bike stations across the country.

Josh MogermanApr 21 2010 11:34 PM


Randy is right, the bike hotel went in with Millennium Park (which, as a proud Chicagoan, I will add remains the coolest public space in America, bar none). In fact, the facility is so popular, that there is a waiting list for the bike commuter services. Not even the Hawk (Chicago's bitter wind coming off Lake Michigan) can keep intrepid Chicagoans off their bikes...

Kaid @ NRDCApr 22 2010 10:37 AM

Josh and Randy obviously don't appreciate that I am at an age where Millennium Park seems new. ;)

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