You can hardly go a few blocks without spotting a Divvy bike station, and that's the whole point. Within a few weeks, the bike-sharing system hopes to reach its 300-station goal, which shouldn't be hard considering it's just 14 stations shy. While you may have paused to size up the heavy-duty rides taking over the city, University Village resident Mary Lin told the Chicago Tribune she saw something else: the bikes' rear wheels jutting into her apartment complex's fire lane. When Lin took action to remove them, it started a bit of a domino effect, and now more stations are getting the boot.
Just a few days ago, a bike rack was pulled from the intersection of May and Polk streets after the Tribune inquired about the safety of the location. According to the paper,"It's one of 23 stations the city has moved since the bike rental program took off and the high-tech racks began proliferating in some of Chicago's most densely populated neighborhoods." Despite these hiccups (along with a few other security and safety complaints), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office "has touted the Divvy program as a success." So much so that the city plans to add another 100 stations in the spring, making the grand total 400 stations.
Photo: Via the Chicago Tribune.