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Lakeview's Top Divvy Stations Come As No Surprise -- Can You Guess Them?

By  Ariel Cheung and Tanveer Ali | October 19, 2015 5:44am 

 The most popular Divvy station in Lakeview is next to the Belmont
The most popular Divvy station in Lakeview is next to the Belmont "L" station.
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LAKEVIEW — It's not hard to figure out what makes a Divvy station popular in Lakeview.

For the top station, you just need to glance right — the Belmont "L" station looming overhead is all the answer you need.

The Divvy station at Belmont and Wilton has launched 23,257 rides and been the destination for 23,100 since it opened in 2013. The 46,357 total rides rank the the station tops among the 33 Lakeview stations. 

Over the past year, Divvy riders setting off from the Belmont "L" station have trekked as far north as West Ridge and south to Pilsen. The most common destinations were fairly close by — Broadway and Belmont (967 rides), Halsted and Roscoe (853), Southport and Belmont (683) and Broadway and Cornelia (567).

 The top Divvy station in Lakeview is at Belmont and Wilton, right by the Belmont
The top Divvy station in Lakeview is at Belmont and Wilton, right by the Belmont "L" station.
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The farthest ride was to 21st Street and California Avenue — about 8 miles, according to Google Maps.

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Another popular station is also no mystery — Sheffield and Addison is just south of Wrigley Field, and 37,003 rides have started or ended there since 2013.

Over the past year, 408 of those riders headed to Diversey Harbor — one of the top Divvy stations in the city. Even more — 445 and 433, respectively — ended their trips on Waveland and Southport and Pine Grove.

While all of Lakeview's stations have had at least 2,500 rides this year, the least popular stations were at Greenview and Diversey, Clark and Grace, Ashland and Grace, and Ashland and Wellington.

Last week, DNAinfo mapped all 2.5 million rides taken over the past year, the second full year for the blue bikes.

That's a 53 percent increase over Divvy's 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.

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.

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