High capacity bike parking inside Sox/35th
I live 8 miles from the Center on Halsted, where I volunteer, so biking there on Halsted would take about an hour (I've done it several times before - there are 42 stop lights and 68 blocks). Google Maps said that taking the Red line from Sox/35th to Addison would take only 27 minutes.
It took 28. Add in the 7 minutes it takes to ride my bike to the station, and the 0-4 minutes I have to wait for the train, I get there faster! I'm not switching over to the train full time, though! No way. I also had to pay $4.50 for the round trip.
That's my Nishiki Backroads bike in the photo, with the blue fenders and Michelin commuter tire with reflective strip. Notice how I forgot to connect the cable to my heavy-duty Kryptonite u-lock - I seem to do this often. I think it's great to have this parking available in a sheltered location INSIDE the paid fare zone (possibly reducing the number of potential thieves who want to steal my bike).