Divvy’s 2016 Expansion Adding Over 100 New Stations
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Chicago’s popular bike share program Divvy has launched its second major expansion since it was launched in 2013, adding an additional 85 more bike stations and pushing its boundaries out to serve new neighborhoods focused on the South and West sides of the city. When the expansion is complete by mid-summer, Divvy will have more than 580 stations and more than 5,800 bikes available. Stations within Chicago’s city limits will serve approximately two-thirds of the city’s population and cover more than 100 square miles.
“As Divvy continues to grow, it is essential that every resident in every neighborhood has an opportunity to participate and enjoy the benefits of bicycling in Chicago. With this latest expansion we take another step toward achieving that goal,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This new expansion will support neighborhoods across Chicago and provide a healthy, affordable way for Chicagoans to get to jobs and schools and to get exercise and have fun. This is one more way in which we are improving the quality of life in neighborhoods in all parts of Chicago.”
Divvy, which is owned by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and operated by the bike share company Motivate International, Inc., began installing bike share stations this week in the Garfield Park neighborhood. Over the summer, stations will be installed in new neighborhoods including Austin and Garfield Park on the west side; Burnside, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Brighton Park and Englewood on the south side; and Rogers Park on the far north side.
Once all the new stations are installed this summer, Divvy, which defines its service area as being within a half mile of each Divvy station, will have increased its service area from 86 square miles to over 100 square miles in Chicago and will have increased the city’s population served from 56 percent to 63.8 percent, or 1.73 million people.
Divvy will also install 23 new stations in the Chicago suburbs of Evanston and Oak Park.
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