Chicago's Divvy bike-sharing program to add more locations, bikes

Chicago's Divvy bike-sharing program to add more locations, bikes

Chicago’s Divvy bicycle share program is about to get much larger.

The company announced it will add 175 stations and 1,750 bikes to the Chicago network in spring 2015, which will make it North America’s largest bike-sharing program by service area.

Currently, Divvy has 3,000 bikes and 300 bike stations around Chicago.

“Divvy will reach Touhy Avenue on the north, 75th Street on the south, and as far west as Pulaski Road,” the company says in a statement. “We’ll also be adding new stations in the existing service area to add greater density.”

The locations for new stations were determined in part by hundreds of requests made to Divvy’s station suggestion site. The bike-share program's expansion was delayed due to equipment supplier problems, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Divvy has been a tremendous success, and we are excited to expand the system into more neighborhoods for Chicagoans and visitors to move around this city in fun, affordable and healthy ways,” says Rebekah Scheinfeld, Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner. “Chicagoans gave great suggestions for the locations of new stations, and we look forward to placing them where they were requested.” 

Related: Want to Divvy in Chicago? Know the rules of the road before borrowing a bike

In addition to the new bike station locations released this week, Divvy also announced its latest ride data. Since the bike-share program launched in Chicago in June 2013, bike borrowers took more than 2.3 million trips, covering over 5 million miles.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel always says he's encouraged with Divvy’s success so far and hopes for further expansion. “Bike sharing works best when more neighborhoods in the city are served,” he said in a statement.

Do you love Divvy, but are ready to invest in your own ride? Check out these Chicago-area bike shops to find the right fit.


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