Almost everyplace I go, I expect convenient, secure bike parking to be close to the entrance of my destination. With more people choosing to bike to work and their favorite businesses, restaurants, and nightlife hotspots in Uptown we’re running up against a shortage of bike parking in key locations. Unable to find a spot on the rack at a CTA station lately? Me too.
I noticed the bike parking was a little lean at some of my favorite neighborhood spots in Uptown. I’ve got a few suggestions, but don’t let that stop you from contacting the City to request a bike rack for your restaurant, store, office, or residence. Businesses and residents alike can request bike racks by calling 311 or entering requests on the City’s request site, here.
Here are a few places I’ve noticed that need some accommodation.
Golden House: There’s one good staple rack here, which is also meant to serve the Riviera Theater. This rack, and all the nearby poles and tress, get overloaded when folks bike here for concerts. I think we could give them a hand.
Green Mill: A jazz mecca, a bike parking wasteland! While it is conceivable that Uptowners show up at the Green Mill in limos, I think more than a few neighbors (and fans of Shake Rattle & Read) would like a rack here.
Demera: Yum. Looks like it’s under construction. Maybe a wave rack is going in? The corner needs some good bike parking, especially since it’s next to the Uptown Lounge.
Fat Cat: Wouldn’t you love to sit outside, Goose Island Matilda in hand, and scope out the cute bikes that pull up?
BaLe: There are a few poles around, but no bike parking. Given that they’ve allocated precious real estate to a small parking lot for cars, it seems like bikes should be accommodated.
Big Chicks: My favorite Uptown spot. If you think this bike rack is crowded, you should try ordering your dirty martini on Monday night. Twice the amount of bike parking here would not be overkill.
4069 N Kenmore: These people really need a place for their vehicles.
posted by Arline Welty