CTA Bike & Ride – August 2009 – Connections – Chicago Transit Authority

CTA Bike & Ride – August 2009 – Connections – Chicago Transit Authority


Getting from here to there quickly, easily
and without breaking the bank I’m Jeanne Sparrow – welcome to Connections. More and more people are biking around town
– to save money and to help the environment Adding CTA to the mix can help expand
the ground covered by bike enthusiasts. (music) We have such a world class
bicycling infrastructure We have more than 140 miles of
bike lanes on the streets, we have 6 off street bike paths that provide
more than 40 miles of off-street riding, and more than 10,000 bike racks so you
can go wherever you need to in the city and find a bike rack to lock up safely. We want to fulfill the Mayor’s goal to make Chicago the most bicycle
friendly city in the United States. And a key component of that plan
was bicycling and transit. The city is really committed to
multi-modal transportation. Our public transportation also tries to
integrate biking with public transportation. For example, all of our buses have bike racks; on all of our trains bicycles are allowed – —except during rush hour. At most of our rail stations,
we also have bicycle parking, too. [music] People all across the city are discovering
how easy it is to extend their bicycle trips using the CTA. Let’s say you wanted to ride to work one day
and it’s pouring rain out. Now you have the option to load your
bike on a rail car or on a bus so that you don’t have to ride home in the rain
— in wet and slippery dangerous conditions. So it’ll make your commute a little bit safer. It allows for a longer commute once you get
to either end of your destination. Or if you have a long distance to go and
you’re not comfortable riding that far, you can ride a bike to the train station and
either park it there or take it with you to get to your destination once you’re
downtown or once you’re to your location. There are so many reasons to jump on your bicycle,
instead of climbing into your car. It saves a ton of money. With gas prices as high as they are,
the economy the way it is,
riding a bike is totally free. No parking your car, no sitting in traffic,
no wasting gas, all that stuff. It’s just a really, really inexpensive
way to get around Chicago. [music] A lot of businesses now are also supporting bicycling
by putting bicycle racks and showers in their buildings. There’s always a place to lock your bike. You might not have that option if you’re
driving a car somewhere – you’re not going to find on street parking or you might
not have enough quarters to feed the parking meter. So it really allows some flexibility. A bicycle just provides such a huge environmental benefit. Because one more bicyclist means
one less car on the road, less congestion, cleaner air, healthier people—
it’s just great for the environment It must take an expert to load that bus on a bike, right? Not at all – it’s a simple process that anyone
can master. When you’re waiting at a
bus stop to put your bike on a bus, it’s really important to follow a
few simple safety rules. First, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. Then signal to the driver to let them
know you’re going to put the bike on the bus rack. Once the bus comes to a complete stop, walk out
and grab the handle with the number one on it, …release the bike rack and pull it down
into the bottom position Put your bike into the wheel well …. …with the front wheel facing the
yellow locking mechanism. Grab the securing arm, and pull it up over
the front wheel of the bike, put it on top and make sure it’s down tight —
the bike will be locked in place. Make sure you’ve taken everything off of your bike, and put your bike in the rack closest to the bus. When you reach your stop, exit through the front door, and tell the driver “I’m going to take
my bike off the front of the bus.” Operator: You’re welcome. Thanks for riding with me! When you exit the bus and want to take
your bike off the rack, grab the yellow release arm and
pull it down off the tire, take your bike up out of the wheel well. Make sure you pull the handle and
put the rack back in its locked position. It’s that easy to take your bike on the CTA buses. There are a few simple rules to follow. Anyone 14 years or older may bring a
bike on a train or bus. Children 12 to 13 years old must
be accompanied by an adult. Those under 12 are not allowed to bring
bikes on board. Bikes are not allowed on rail cars during rush hour—
between 7-9 am and 4-6pm— and on July 3, because of the high ridership that day. And no matter where you park your bike, make sure
you lock it up. You might want to go to a bike shop and make sure that you have a good strong
U-Lock to keep your bike safe. Make sure you put the lock through both
the frame and the tire, and that it’s securely fastened before you leave the bike. I’d encourage people that are biking and
people that are taking CTA to give us comments either on the CTA website or on the CDOT web site, it’s chicagobikes.org so that we can make our city even better for cycling. You can always count on CTA if you need it
for part of your bike commute. Check our website for details about bicycling and CTA.

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