Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that Divvy, Chicago’s popular bike share system, was closing in on a major milestone as it approached the 10 million trip mark; at 8:25 p.m. Monday, the 10 millionth ride was taken.
“Whether it be the train, bus, taxi, car sharing or bike sharing, the City of Chicago offers residents and visitors a variety of high quality transportation options to get them where they need to go,” says Mayor Emanuel in a CDOT press release. “This significant milestone is a testament to both Chicago’s bike sharing system and the infrastructure investments we’ve made to make it safer and easier to bike across the City.”
Divvy began in June of 2013, and is the third bike share system in the United States to hit the 10 million rider mark, according to the release. The other two cities to reach 10 million trips are Capital Bikeshare in DC, which launched in 2010, and Citi Bike in New York City, which launched a month before Divvy.
In 2016, Divvy saw a 14 percent increase in trips, with over 3.5 million taken in the 12 month period. With 580 stations and 5,800 bikes, Divvy is the largest bike share station in North America; 85 stations and over 1,000 bikes were added in 2016.
“Reaching 10 million trips in just three-and-a-half years is a testament to the growing popularity of biking in Chicago,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld says. “We hope that crossing this threshold will inspire more people to take advantage of Divvy for getting around Chicago, whether it’s as annual members or using convenient daily passes.”
In order to track the milestone, Divvy created a countdown clock at www.DivvyBikes.com/10million. The 10 millionth rider was awarded with a free year of membership, plus three gift memberships to share with family and friends.
In terms of the health and environmental benefits, Divvy has put together the following of estimates of what 10 million trips translates to:
“It’s been wonderful to see Divvy begin with just 69 stations, and grow to more than 580 stations all across Chicago and into the surrounding suburbs of Evanston and Oak Park in a little over three years,” Divvy General Manager Elliot Greenberger said. “We’re looking forward to starting 2017 with a focus on our next 10 million trips and maintaining a high level of service.”
In 2016, the most popular Divvy station destinations in Chicago were:
- Streeter Dr. & Grand Ave. (Navy Pier)
- Lake Shore Dr. & Monroe St.
- Theater on the Lake (Fullerton Beach)
- Lake Shore Dr. & North Blvd.
- Clinton St. & Washington Blvd. (Ogilvie Station)
- Michigan Ave. & Oak St.
- Millennium Park
- Clinton St. & Madison St.
- Canal St. & Madison St.
- Canal St. & Adams St. (Union Station)
The most popular Divvy stations in Evanston were Benson Ave. & Church St. and Sheridan Rd. & Noyes St., and the most popular Divvy stations in Oak Park were Marion St. & South Blvd. and Forest Ave. & Chicago Ave.
“The most popular stations show that Chicagoans and visitors are taking Divvy for a mix of reasons,” says Divvy marketing manager Hannah Helbert. “At locations all across Chicagoland, our riders are using bike share to explore the city, get to and from work, run errands, and meet up with friends. We’re excited to see all the millions of ways our riders use Divvy in the new year!”