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1. Bicycling is for everyone
2. Bicycling can help you live longer and better
3. Bicycling boosts the economy
4. Bicycling is less expensive than driving a car
5. Bicycling reduces road congestion and air pollution
6. Bicycling is safe, and together we can make it safer
Bicycles are permitted on the ‘L’ (CTA trains) every weekday except from 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm (with certain exceptions where crowding is anticipated). On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (except when prohibited), bicycles are allowed on trains all day. No extra charge.
All CTA buses are equipped with bike racks. No extra charge.
Metra permits bicycles on all weekday trains arriving in Chicago after 9:30 A.M. and leaving Chicago before 3:00 P.M. and after 7:00 P.M., and on all weekend trains except for Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, and the Air & Water Show. No extra charge.
|South: Dan’s 6715 Roosevelt, Berwyn 708-484-5000|
|Central: Bike Fix 310 Lake St, Oak Park 708-445-8760|
|Central: Element Cyclesport 1101 Chicago Avenue 708-948-7579|
|North: Barnard’s 6109 W North Ave, Oak Park 708-524-2660|
Depends where you park and for how long. No lock is perfect. “U” locks are effective and convenient. Add a cable to secure the wheels in high-risk areas.
Try to be as visible as possible (lights, bright-colored clothing, white helmet), but pretend you are invisible. Never trust a car. Avoid car doors! Avoid busy, fast roads. There are many quiet side streets in Oak Park that will take you nearly anywhere you want to go. Use hand signals so that drivers know your intentions.
Maybe. Pump up the tires and take it for a ride around the block. Check the brakes and the gear shifters. If in doubt, take it in for a tune-up ($80).
Consult the Oak Park Bicycle Plan on the Village website or contact Karl Lauger email@example.com 708.265.4011 or Bill Watson firstname.lastname@example.org 708.997.5524 for advice.