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No More Divvy Bikeshare in Oak Park
Jeff McMahon reports that the city of Oak Park, Illinois has decided to end its relationship with the bikeshare system Divvy, which mostly operates in the city of Chicago.
According to McMahon, Divvy failed due to rising anti-tax sentiment and low ridership. Some of the damning statistics included a report finding that taxpayers spent $17.48 for every ride taken on Divvy, an average of .25 rides per day for each of the 130 bikes located in the city, and low membership subscriptions. Divvy came to the suburban community of Oak Park as a result of a state grant.
McMahon provides more details of Divvy's abbreviated history in Oak Park, as well as the political debate that led to the system's demise.