McDonald's Cycle Center is an indoor bike station in Millennium Park in
the Loop community area of Chicago. The city built the center and opened
it July 2004. Since June 2006, it has been sponsored by McDonald's and
other partners, including city departments and bicycle advocacy
organizations. The bike station, which serves bicycle commuters and
utility cyclists, provides lockers, showers, a snack bar with outdoor
summer seating, bike repair, bike rental and 300 bicycle parking spaces.
The Cycle Center is accessible by membership and day pass. It also
accommodates runners and inline skaters, and provides space for a
Chicago Police Department Bike Patrol Group. Planning for the Cycle
Center was part of the larger "Bike 2010 Plan", in which the city aimed
to make itself more accommodating to bicycle commuters. Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley was an advocate of the plan. Suburban Chicago-based
McDonald's controversially claimed that their sponsorship of the Cycle
Center fit with their efforts to promote health. Environmentalists,
urban planners and cycling enthusiasts around the world have expressed
interest in the Cycle Center, and want to match its urban planning and
transit-oriented development success story.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald%27s_Cycle_Center>
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