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Leave your bike in closed Red Line station? CTA may have it

Updated: May 28, 2013 6:56PM

Bicycles apparently left abandoned at CTA stations just before the Red Line shutdown are sitting in storage, waiting for their owners to claim them, CTA officials said Tuesday.

About 15 bicycles were found locked inside Red Line stations after the CTA shuttered nine stations on that line Sunday, May 19, for a track rebuild expected to last into October, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.

More than half of the bikes alone – nine to be exact – were found at the Red Line’s 35th Street station, Chase said.

The CTA cut the locks on all the abandoned bikes and moved them to a “safe location,’’ Chase said. They can be claimed from CTA headquarters at 567 W. Lake.

But first, if you left a bike behind, the CTA wants you to prove it. The agency is asking bike owners to call them at 888-YourCTA or email Customer Feedback at with a photo of their abandoned bike or a detailed description of it.

“We want the rightful owner to describe the bike to us,’’ Chase said. ”Bikes are important to people. Have you bought a bike lately? They are expensive.’’

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