City’s Transportation Commissioner Envisions New Bike System

CHICAGO (WBBM) – The man that Rahm Emmanuel brought in as Chicago Transportation Commissioner came from Washington D.C., where he instituted what seems to be a successful bike rent and share program. Now, he is trying it here.

Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein sees the bike program not just as a way to get some exercise and ground level sightseeing. He sees it as part of the city’s transit system, linking riders with the end of their public transit rides to their offices downtown or in the neighborhoods. Klein wants regular short commuter use to be free.

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Commissioner Klein’s vision of the bike system in Chicago: 3,000 bikes at 300 locations by next year, and 5,000 bikes a couple of years after that. He hopes that rentals and the sale of advertisements will be enough to make the program at least revenue neutral, possibly profitable for the City of Chicago.

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  • jg

    Great idea, just PLEASE ensure the users initially sign and agree to actually follow the rules of the road – e.g. Stop signs mean stop not go through because I’m on a bike, etc. I really appreciate the options to cars and buses but that shouldn’t mean rules can be ignored.

  • tom sharp

    If the city does this let’s hope they use a brain for change–no discounts, no free rides, no bikes in high traffic areas, and no bunch of low life gang bangers on bikes looting and pillaging.

  • skylermarks

    Who wants to ride a bike. The weather is way too cold. Poor people ride bikes. Chicago democratic leaders love to cater to the working class people for more votes. I want our workers to get to their service jobs so they can wait on me and I don’t have to pay them as much to cover their cost of gas. “What? Your late to work cause of traffic, no excuse, ride your bike”

  • I dislike pols

    Flower pots, bike lanes and more unnecessary parks. TIF’s and shady deals. My Kind of Town Chicago is……………..

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