CHICAGO — As Chicago moves to expand Divvy offerings across the city, South Side residents will have a chance to weigh in on new station locations during a series of community events starting this week.
On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Department of Transportation and Lyft, which owns the bike-share company, announced the Divvy Community Tour, a series of eight community events on the South Side.
As part of the events, residents will test some of the Divvy’s new electric bikes and make recommendations on where some of the new 175 Divvy stations should be placed as part of the city’s expansion across all 50 wards. The new stations and 10,500 e-bikes will be rolled out by 2021.
Lightfoot said the city was “working to expand transportation resources citywide” which included new Divvy options for South Side residents.
“This community tour will allow us to hear from residents on how to build the best network for Divvy bikes, making it a more accessible transportation option across all neighborhoods,” Lightfoot said in a statement.
Throughout the series of community events, Chicago Department of Transportation officials will collect feedback on suggested station locations, safety improvements and bike pathway locations, said Kevin O’Malley, CDOT Managing Deputy Commissioner.
The Divvy expansion is part of Lyft’s $50 million investment in new stations and bikes. As part of the deal, the city will receive an additional $77 million in revenue for transportation improvements over a span of nine years, city officials said.
Residents from across the city can make a new station recommendation online.
Divvy Community Tour kicks off Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. We Keep You Rollin’ Eco Bike Tour at Golden Gate Park, 13000 S. Eberhart Ave.
Other dates are:
Saturday, August 3: Big Marsh BBQ Series, Big Marsh Park, 11559 S. Stony Island Ave., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11: Family Fun Fest, 800 W. 115th St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, August 24: 21st Ward Picnic, 965 W. Oakdale Ave., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, August 24: 10th Ward Back to School Party, 10500 S. Ewing Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8: 79th Street Renaissance Fair, 79th St. & Racine Ave., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.