Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals inside parking spaces throughout the city. The only one in Hyde Park will be in front of Medici, 1337 E. 57th St. It is expected to arrive before the end of July. The rack will have spaces for 10 bikes and it will be placed directly in front of the restaurant.

The bike corral would take up one parking space. Kirsten Esterly, general manager at Medici, said the parking space shouldn’t be much of a loss because most people come on foot from the neighborhood.

“We have a lot of foot traffic,” Esterly said. “More people on foot or bikes and I think the few people who are driving find plenty of parking, at least in the evenings.”

Pete Scales, CDOT spokesman, said there was no request made to install the bike corral in nearby Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. which could add bike racks without reducing street parking.

“If there is demand for bike parking at the park across the street, we will gladly go survey the location,” Scales said.

l.welbers@hpherald.com