The number of Divvy bike-sharing stations in Chicago neighborhoods will increase by almost 20 percent over the original plan and the program is expanding to Oak Park and Evanston, city officials said Wednesday.
A new, $3 million federal grant obtained by the city will pay for the installation of 75 extra bike-docking stations next year, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. The total number of Divvy stations citywide will increase to 475 from the 400 initially planned, officials said.
The federal government has provided a total of $25 million in grants to finance the purchase of Divvy bike stations and 4,000 bikes, officials said.
CDOT also said it has applied for $3 million in state grants to help install Divvy stations in Oak Park and Evanston. A total of 75 stations would be opened in the two suburbs using the grants.
Divvy was launched in late June. It has provided about 650,000 trips, and more than 125,000 daily passes and 11,000 annual memberships have been sold, CDOT said.