I'd imagine that most, if not all, of you have heard about the CTA's plan to shut down the red line south of Cermak for reconstruction for 5 months starting next May. While this isn't directly bike related, it will affect those of us who use the red line to go from south side locations to the start of many club rides, or anyone who cuts a south side ride short and wants to use the red line to return north.
The CTA will be holding 2 public meetings next week to get input on the plan. If you have ideas or opinions to share, here's your opportunity to speak up.
The first meeting will be Monday 6/18 from 6-8 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center, 71st & South Shore Dr. (Doors open at 5.)
The second meeting will be Thursday 6/21 from 6-8 p.m. at Kennedy-King College, 6343 S. Halsted. (Doors open at 5.)
It's not a bad idea to review the CTA's web page on the project for additional info. Note that the location for the 6/21 meeting given on the CTA page (6800 S. Wentworth shown as of today) is NOT correct. Somebody at CTA gets an F for using outdated information.
If you're not able to attend but would like to offer comments, there an email address given on the right side of the info page.
It seems likely that this huge summer-long construction project will increase the number of cyclists on south side streets. Perhaps it will help promote the idea of transportation cycling in some south side neighborhoods that don't currently see many regular riders.
- Anne Alt