Divvy ex­pand­ing to Far South Side

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­times.com | @mitch­dudek ASHLEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES

Chicago’s bike-share pro­gram, known as Divvy, will be ex­pand­ing into the Far South Side with the ad­di­tion of 66 Divvy sta­tions, city of­fi­cials an­nounced Thurs­day.

The new sta­tions will ex­pand the bike pro­gram by nearly 60 square miles, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Lori Light­foot’s of­fice.

The ex­pan­sion kicked off Thurs­day with the in­stal­la­tion of a Divvy sta­tion at 83rd Street and Ste­wart Av­enue in the Chatham neigh­bor­hood.

It’s part of a push to bring Divvy to ev­ery neigh­bor­hood by 2021. The ex­pan­sion will in­clude the ad­di­tion of 10,500 new elec­tric-as­sist bikes.

Divvy has 6,000 bikes, and its 600 dock­ing sta­tions are ac­ces­si­ble by about two-thirds of the city’s pop­u­la­tion and con­tained within about half of the city’s ge­og­ra­phy.

Un­der the ex­pan­sion plan, Lyft, which runs the Divvy pro­gram for the city, is mak­ing a $50 mil­lion in­vest­ment in new bikes, sta­tions and hard­ware.

An an­nual Divvy mem­ber­ship costs $99 and al­lows an un­lim­ited num­ber of rides of 45 min­utes or less.

The Divvy for Ev­ery­one pro­gram pro­vides heav­ily dis­counted, $5 mem­ber­ships for qual­i­fy­ing Chicagoans, in­clud­ing those with­out credit or debit cards.

The Chicago Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is also adding 16.5 miles of new bike lanes on the Far South Side. The city al­ready has 280 miles of on-street bike­ways. Larry John­son, 50, rides a Divvy bike to run er­rands Thurs­day morn­ing near his Chatham neigh­bor­hood home on the South Side.

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