CHINATOWN — Even with the Red Line construction project keeping the CTA Chinatown/Cermak station closed until October, the intersection of Archer and Wentworth avenues remains a transit hub.
It’s where tourists meander, two lines of CTA bus routes — the No. 62 Archer and No. 24 Wentworth — converge, and it serves as a waypoint for the free R22 shuttle to and from downtown’s CTA Roosevelt stop during the Red Line shutdown, which wraps up this fall.
Now the intersection is about to get another transportation option with the installation of a 15-space dock and shareable bicycles from Divvy, the city’s new bike-sharing program.
Already, the bright blue bikes have become ubiquitous downtown and in several neighborhoods — the company said more than 50,000 bike rides have taken place since it launched back in June, mostly by customers using the $7 24-hour pass.
About 3,000 Chicagoans have signed up for the $75 annual pass, the company said. Eventually, officials hope the service will be in 400 neighborhood locations with some 4,000 bikes.
Elsewhere on the South Side, Divvy docks are expected to be installed at the following locations by Monday:
• State and 19th streets
• 26th Street and Indiana Avenue
• King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard
• Fort Dearborn Drive and 31st Street (31st Street Beach)
• 21st and Halsted streets
• 35th Street and Wentworth Avenue (U.S. Cellular Field)