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Uptown's 'South Side' More Popular For Divvy Enthusiasts

By  Josh McGhee and Tanveer Ali | October 14, 2015 9:02am 

 Riders grabbing a Divvy at the station near Broadway and Argyle Street in Uptown.
Riders grabbing a Divvy at the station near Broadway and Argyle Street in Uptown.
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UPTOWN — Uptown may not have the high Divvy ridership of some of its neighbors, but, along with Andersonville, residents and visitors are definitely making use of the blue two-wheelers, according to a Divvy analysis by DNAinfo.

DNAinfo mapped all 2.5 million Divvy rides taken during the last year, highlighting the stations with the highest ridership. The map also breaks down growth at the stations since 2013 and determines if riders are beginning or ending their rides at the station.

According to the numbers, the southeastern portion of Uptown had the stations with the highest consistent ridership.

The station near the intersection of Sheridan Road and West Irving Park Road, which is on the border of Wrigleyville and Uptown, had the highest ridership in the area with about 10,319 rides in 2015 so far (the data is current up to June 2015). That number grew from about 6,700 rides in 2013 to just shy of 20,000 rides in 2014. Since the station was installed, it's seen about 37,000 riders, with about 17,800 rides beginning here and 19,100 ending at the station, according to the data.

Stations at Montrose Beach and along Montrose Avenue also had the substantial ridership at each of the three stations. The station at Montrose Beach has seen about 35,500 riders since 2013 with riders splitting the station equally as a drop off and pick up location. The most used routes are along the Lake Shore ending at beach side stations, according to the data.

As you travel north ridership declines, not one of the six stations between Wilson Avenue and Foster Avenue east of Broadway saw 5,000 riders, but numbers were not available for one of the stations because it was installed after June 2015.

Most of those stations are on pace to have similar ridership in 2015 as 2014. For example, the station near the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Lawrence Avenue had about 4,700 riders in 2014 and about 2,400 riders as of June 2015, the data shows.

The station near the intersection of Winnemac Avenue and Clark Street had between 5,000 and 9,999 rides last year, along with a station near the Ravenswood Metra station along Lawrence Avenue, according to the data.

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