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Divvy Bike Sharing Arrives in Bridgeport

By Casey Cora | September 19, 2013 6:53am
 A Divvy bicycle dock on 35th Street, just west of Halsted Street.
A Divvy bicycle dock on 35th Street, just west of Halsted Street.
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BRIDGEPORT — Divvy, the city’s quickly established and now ubiquitous bike sharing service, has arrived in Bridgeport.

The bicycles and docks have been installed at the following neighborhood intersections:

• 35th Street and Wallace Avenue

• 35th and Halsted streets

• 31st Street and Halsted Avenue

• 31st and Morgan Streets

• Normal and Archer Avenues

Those will add to existing nearby stations, including a trio in Chinatown and one near the CTA Orange Line stop at Halsted and Archer, where this month the city’s transportation department repainted and widened nearby cycling lanes.

Since its inception earlier this summer, the service has installed hundreds of docks and supplied more than 2,000 bright blue bicycles into the sprawling network. Divvy claims more than 8,173 annual members so far, and the company said more than 82,000 24-hour passes have been bought.

Rene Paquin is one of the annual members.

The 35-year-old Bridgeport resident nabbed a $75 annual pass last month and calls the service “incredibly convenient.”

Although she already has a bike, a cruiser-style cycle she uses to schlep groceries and her pug Morty to and from the 31st Street beach, she said using Divvy bikes is less of a hassle for her commute from Bridgeport to the Loop as well as trips around the neighborhood.

"I can grab a bike outside my door and take it to wherever it is and it’s nice to feel that I can just bike one way,” she said.

Four more stations are planned nearby: 31st Street and Union Avenue, Halsted Street and Pershing Road and two in Canaryville.

Divvy hopes to have 300 stations installed and eventually 400 stations and 4,000 available bikes.