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How Chicagoans Use Divvy: See Where the Bikes From Your Station Went (MAP)

By Tanveer Ali | October 12, 2015 8:38am | Updated on October 13, 2015 7:23am

CHICAGO — Ever wonder where the bikes docked at your local Divvy bike-sharing station go?

We crunched and mapped all 2.5 million rides taken between July 31, 2014 to June 30 on the sky blue cycles.

Find your station, click on the dot and see all the bike trips that started there — and where they ended.

Check it out:

During Divvy Bikes' second full year of existence, 2.5 million rides were taken on the sky blue cycles.

That's a 53 percent increase over its first year, according to data analyzed by DNAinfo Chicago. With more stations coming in the next year, a successful program attracting low-income Chicagoans to become members and a growing share of women becoming active riders, that growth will almost certainly continue.

Most of the city's most used stations are Downtown and in surrounding areas, but the service will continue to expand throughout the city and beyond.

"We think the numbers speak for themselves," said Mike Claffey, a spokesman for the Chicago Dept. of Transportation. "Divvy has been embraced as a great way to go around. It's great for people who live in Chicago and great for people visiting."

By end of next spring, Divvy plans to open 75 new stations using a $3 million state grant. While the exact locations haven't been determined yet, 20 of the stations will be in Oak Park and Evanston. Divvy is also considering new stations on the South and Southwest Sides, said Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Claffey.

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The growing footprint of Divvy comes along with a growing number of users with annual memberships. In September, there were 30,794 active Divvy members, nearly a third more than September last year.

Membership is increasing at a higher rate for women than men. While early in Divvy's existence women made up less than 28 percent of Divvy members, that figure climbed to 36.5 percent in September. (Women still only take about 26 percent of all rides by members, data shows.)

In July, the "Divvy For Everyone" program was unveiled, giving a yearlong membership to low-income residents for $5 instead of the standard $75.

While the city expected 750 people to sign up for the first year, 988 people have already bought membership under the program that largely focuses on South and West Side neighborhoods, Claffey said.

"People are becoming more aware of Divvy," Claffey said. "Those blue bikes are visible all over town."

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