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In South Shore, Divvy is for Getting to the Lake or Hyde Park, Data Shows

By Sam Cholke | October 19, 2015 5:30am
 The 31st Street Harbor is the most popular draw for people using Divvy on the south lakefront.
The 31st Street Harbor is the most popular draw for people using Divvy on the south lakefront.
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HYDE PARK — South Shore has some of the newest Divvy bike stations in the city, and, so far, people seem to be using them to get around the neighborhood or make trips to Hyde Park.

Data from the bike-sharing service compiled by DNAinfo Chicago shows South Shore remains near the bottom for cyclists using the service, and that they most often take the sky-blue bikes to the lakeshore or Hyde Park.

Perhaps Downtown is just too much of a slog from Jeffery Boulevard and 76th Street, the southern most Divvy station in the city. With 70 rides through June this year, bikers leaving the station are most likely to be headed toward or coming back from the seven stations in and around Jackson Park.

The new Stony Island and 71st Street station logged the longest trip, with three riders making the trip up to Lake Park Avenue and 47th Street.

For most of the new stations, the most popular destinations are the lakefront from Jackson Park south to Rainbow Beach and trips to the numerous stations in Hyde Park.

South Shore Drive and 55th Street, just steps from Promontory Point and the lakefront bike trail, remains the most popular station in Hyde Park with more than 3,600 rides through June this year, with the Ellis Avenue and 58th Street station on the University of Chicago campus following close behind.

But the most popular stations in Hyde Park pale in comparison to the 31st Street Harbor, with a row of Divvy bikes at Fort Dearborn Drive and 31st Street.

The harbor is by far the most popular station on the south lakefront, drawing more than 8,000 riders this year. And people seem willing to really push the pedals to get there, with recorded rides from as far away as Montrose Harbor on the north and the South Shore Cultural Center on the south.

The harbor was the only station to rack up more than 5,000 riders on the south lakefront. Most south lakefront stations topped out at about 2,500 riders, ridership comparable to Edgewater on the north lakefront.

Divvy remains most popular in the north lakefront neighborhoods from Downtown to Wrigleyville.

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