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Chicago launches Divvy bike-share program with 65 solar-powered stations

Excerpt from WBEZ

Jun 29, 2013 1:45 am

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Divvy launched 2 weeks late, which is nothing in comparison to Citibike’s month-long delays, but now both cities are going through the growing pains of folding a boom of bikes into the daily commute at the same time.

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Chicago rolls out Divvy bike-share program. Steven Vance / Flickr


Chicago on Friday morning launched a new component of its storied transit system. Divvy, the city’s first bike-share program, kicked off with 65 solar-powered docking stations. The plan is to add hundreds more by next spring. With a fleet of 700 powder-blue bikes, the system will be one of the largest bike-sharing operations in the world.

But most of the stations will stand within a couple miles of the lakefront, clustered mainly in the Loop and densely populated neighborhoods along transit lines.

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