CTA Joins Chicago’s Bike to Work Rally

June 14, 2007

CTA personnel, bicycle ambassadors and volunteers from the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will be onsite at to demonstrate the proper way to secure bikes to the racks located on the front of CTA buses from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Friday,June 15 as part of the City's annual Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza.

All CTA buses are equipped with bike racks mounted on the front of the bus that carry two bicycles each and take as little as 30 seconds to load. Customers may use the racks any time during service hours. Children under 14 are required to be accompanied by an adult when bringing a bicycle on board a CTA train or bus.

CTA Bike & Ride rules allow two bicycles on each rail car at all hours of operation, with the exception of morning (7 to 9 a.m.) and evening (4 to 6 p.m.) rush hours, and during special events such as July 3rd when customer loads are very heavy. Bikes are allowed on rail cars during all hours on weekends and folding bikes are allowed on CTA vehicles at all times.

CTA introduced its Bike & Ride program to customers in May 2000 as part of its ongoing effort to encourage environmentally-friendly transportation. Since that time, CTA has mounted bicycle racks on all of its buses, installed indoor bicycle parking at 81 CTA stations. There are 496 inside and 1,124 outside bike spaces.

The CTA Bike & Ride program is a collaborative effort between the CTA, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Chicago Department of Transportation Bicycle Program and the CTA's Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee.

To arrange a group demonstration on how to secure bikes to CTA buses send an email to amalick@transitchicago.com. Additional information on the Bike & Ride Program can be found on CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com or the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's web site at www.biketraffic.org.

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