Planetizen - Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education

Does Chicago Have the 'Divvy Blues'?

A recent article details some of the complaints about the lack of reach and bikes in Chicago's growing and popular Divvy bikeshare system.
September 5, 2014, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Comments

Tracy Swartz writes that Chicago's Divvy bikeshare program is encountering speed bumps: "Call it the Divvy blues. With one year—and two summers—under its belt, Divvy has seen an explosion in membership growth and usage—and to a lesser extent, criticism. Some cyclists recently have taken to social media to complain about racks with no bikes to rent and racks with no spaces to drop off bikes."

Swartz also notes that recently announced plans to expand the system came later than hoped: "Officials announced last month that Divvy plans to add 175 stations and 1,750 bikes in the spring—a year later than originally planned, upsetting some Chicagoans who thought bike share was coming sooner to their neighborhood."

Despite that, the vast majority of Divvy's quickly growing membership is happy with the service. As Swartz mentions at the end of the article, "Divvy counts more than 23,300 members, up from 6,769 members in August 2013," and a "survey in late January found 97 percent of the more than 2,600 Divvy members who responded were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the program."

Full Story:
Published on Monday, September 1, 2014 in RedEye
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email