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