Ride, Sally, Ride
We bicyclists here on the 13th Floor are lucky because our building offers a shower. That allows the seven or so of us who commute ...
We bicyclists here on the 13th Floor are lucky because our building offers a shower. That allows the seven or so of us who commute on two wheels, whether daily or from time to time, to bike in all kinds of weather.
The city of Chicago has provided that home away from home at a "cycle center" on the edge of Millennium Park. The facility provides showers, lockers and parking for 300 bikes. (It is now sponsored by McDonald's under a $5 million deal with the city.) And it's NICE. Glistening modern sinks, pristine locker room, indoor bike parking. Even a repair shop.
I was in Chicago last week, so I rented a bike from the cycle center. I rode north along the lake at 7 am on a weekday morning to check out who might be commuting in. Hordes of cyclists came at me with packs on their backs or bikes. In just 15 minutes, I counted 126 people rolling toward me, including three inline skaters. I decided to stop counting after that and just enjoy the view of Chicago architecture on one side and Lake Michigan on the other.
If Chicago is any example, if you build the bike facilities, they will ride.
Lots more pictures after the jump.
clean locker room
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Study: Savings Program Helps Poor Put Aside 4 Times More2 hours ago
GOP Senator Proposes Letting States Decide Whether They Keep Obamacare4 hours ago
U.S. Abortion Rate Lowest Since Roe v. Wade, But Rising in 6 States5 hours ago
Texas, and 13 Other States, Sue Feds Once More Before Obama Leaves6 hours ago
Minimum Wage Ruling a Small Win for Missouri Cities Seeking to Raise It6 hours ago
Opioid Addiction Declared a Public Health Crisis in New Jersey7 hours ago