ENGLEWOOD — Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) isn’t ecstatic about the expansion of Divvy bikes to his ward.
That's because the bikes just arrived — and he can't say yet whether they will be a hit.
The bike-sharing program’s success on the South Side “remains to be seen,” Sawyer said.
“I want to see the full rollout because you know the question I always have, 'If you’re going to rent a Divvy out south, where are you going with it?'" he said.
For the program to work, residents need a lot of nearby destinations to ride to, Sawyer said.
"I mean, where are you going that has another Divvy station? To that extent, I just want to make sure they get good use, that’s all. If they’re going to be anywhere, they need to be everywhere,” he said.
Sawyer said he wants to make sure they are spread throughout the city evenly and fairly.
Communities like Englewood are expected to get six bike stations, which means a total of 60 Divvy bikes. The bike-sharing company is working on a major spring expansion that will create an additional 176 Divvy locations in Chicago.
Sawyer said that all of the aldermen received a free Divvy bike membership card for Christmas from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and that he plans to use his soon.
Divvy officials did not immediately respond for comment.
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