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Decades of research shows that expanding roads doesn’t provide lasting congestion relief. More lanes means more traffic.

More bike corrals coming to Chicago

Great news for people who bike in Chicago: The city’s department of transportation wants to work with local businesses and business organizations to bring on-street bike parking corrals to neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Why build bike corrals? Bike corrals make it more convenient and inviting for people to ride a bike to a business. They provide parking for 10 or more bicycles in the same space typically occupied by a car.

Another benefit is that bike corrals remove bicycles from sidewalks, which makes it easier for pedestrians to get around./ Bike corrals increase the visibility of bicycling as a transportation choice and show that a business community is bike friendly—that it cares about its customers who ride bicycles.

There are many reasons why a business would want to consider getting a bike corral installed, but the biggest benefit is economic.

More and more people are seeing that new bike infrastructure can be a boon for business. Bicyclists tend to visit local shops more often and spend more per month.

Currently, there are four bike corrals in Chicago, but there is a need for many more. Local businesses and business organizations can install an on-street bike corral for $2,500 to $3,000, plus some annual costs.

If you know of a business or a building interested in installing a bike corral, please contact tony@activetrans.org.