The Divvy bike sharing program is set to expand in Chicago and will arrive for the first time in Evanston and Oak Park thanks to a $3 million state investment announced by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday.
The state grant, along with $750,000 in total taxpayer support from the three cities, will add 700 new bikes and 70 docking stations in Evanston, Oak Park and Chicago neighborhoods, according to the governor's office.
Evanston is slated to receive eight docking stations, while 12 will be installed in Oak Park. The Chicago neighborhoods of Garfield Park, Austin, Rogers Park, West Rogers Park and other city communities will get the 50 other Divvy docking stations. The new equipment will be installed next year.
“We’ve worked hard to make Illinois the most environmentally-friendly state in the nation and that includes boosting access to green transportation throughout our state,” Quinn said in a news release. “The Divvy program has proven to be a successful and innovative way to commute, navigate congested city streets and explore vibrant Chicago communities. Expanding Divvy outside of the city limits mean fewer cars on the roads and gives more residents and visitors the fun opportunity to take a ride.”