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Chicago involves citizens in future bike-share plans

The city is growing its fleet and using a community tour on the South Side to engage residents with the bike-share team and inform the next phase of its expansion.

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Divvy bike-share is coming to the South Side of the city
Divvy bike-share is coming to the South Side of the city

Chicago is set to almost triple its fleet of Divvy bikes, following the city council’s approval of plans to expand the bike-share system citywide to all 50 wards.

 

The expansion will see the city add another 10,500 electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) and 175 stations by 2021 bringing the total fleet to approximately 16,500 bikes.

 

Community engagement

 

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Lyft also announced the launch of the Divvy community tour which will provide an opportunity for residents to engage with the Divvy team and help inform the next phase of Divvy’s expansion across the city.

 

Starting later this month, event attendees will also have the first chance to demo the new Divvy e-bikes, which provide an electronic motorised boost to complement traditional pedalling and can be docked at a Divvy station or any other legal bike parking location.

 

At each event, Divvy outreach team members and CDOT staff will engage with community members to discuss where Divvy stations and bike racks are needed and gather feedback on how biking can support the community.

“This community tour will allow us to hear from residents on how to build the best network for Divvy bikes, making it a more accessible transportation option across all neighbourhoods”

“Chicago is working to expand transportation resources citywide, which is why we’re excited about expanding Divvy with new options for residents who live and work on Chicago’s South Side,” said Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago.

 

“This community tour will allow us to hear from residents on how to build the best network for Divvy bikes, making it a more accessible transportation option across all neighbourhoods.”

 

Under the expansion plan, Lyft as exclusive operator is making a $50m investment in new bikes, stations and hardware and is also providing the city with an additional $77m in direct revenue for transportation improvements over a nine-year period.

 

“Our goal is to engage with Chicago residents at the neighbourhood level to learn how we can best support the community’s transportation needs through the Divvy expansion process,” added Caroline Samponaro, head of micro-mobility, Lyft.

 

“The Divvy community tour is a fun way to get people together to hear from residents and ensure that we are designing the most equitable bike-share system possible.”

 

Residents across the city are also invited to visit Divvy’s suggest-a-station page to share ideas for new Divvy locations. Users can leave comments and can also boost other people’s suggested locations with a ‘like’ feature.

 

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