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Hipster Highway Lives up to Name, According to Divvy Data

By  Paul Biasco and Tanveer Ali | October 14, 2015 7:26am 

 A map of Divvy usage in Logan Square shows the most utilized stations are located along Milwaukee Avenue.
A map of Divvy usage in Logan Square shows the most utilized stations are located along Milwaukee Avenue.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Milwaukee Avenue's Hipster Highway nickname has been validated, according to Logan Square Divvy ridership data.

Of the nearly 500 Divvy stations in Chicago, the bike-sharing system's two most-used stops in Logan Square are both located on Milwaukee.

The most utilized station in the neighborhood is located at Milwaukee and California avenues and the second is at Kedzie and Milwaukee.

The California and Milwaukee location has had a total of 26,201 rides since it opened in 2013. Of those rides, 12,815 started at that location and 13,386 ended there.

The second most popular location in the neighborhood at Kedzie and Milwaukee saw 22,528 total rides since it opened in 2013. The station had 10,513 riders start their ride there and 12,015 end their ride there.

Both stations are located directly next to Blue Line stops.

Check it out:The next two most-used Divvy stations are are Kedzie Avenue and Palmer Court and California Avenue and Francis Place, near Armitage.

• Kedzie and Palmer: 12,110 total rides since 2013.

• California and Francis: 10,477 total rides since 2013.

DNAinfo on Monday mapped the 2.5 million Divvy rides taken in the last year.

The longest ride that caught our eye from Logan Square was from the Milwaukee and California stop to a station at 55th Street and Shore Drive, which Google estimates to be a roughly 13-mile ride.

Another rider made the trip from the Kedzie and Milwaukee station all the way down to Morgan and 31st Street.

That trip is about eight miles, according to Google Maps' directions via bike.

Divvy rides have grown every year here since the bike-sharing system launched, and by next spring Divvy plans to open 75 new stations with help from a $3 million state grant. The new stations' exact locations have yet to be determined, but public officials and others hope more will come to the city's South and Southwest sides. In July, Divvy introduced its "Divvy for Everyone" program, which offers an annual membership to low-income residents for $5, instead of the standard $75.

Though Divvy has caught on quickly with Chicagoans, some Logan Square stations have had relatively low ridership. These stations are all also new this year.

• Avers and Belmont avenues: 400 rides in 2015.

• Central Park and Elbridge avenues: 286 rides in 2015.

• Kosciuszko Park: 587 rides in 2015.

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