Sept. 29, 2014 - Divvy, the popular bike-sharing program that rents out bicycles in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, will be coming to Oak Park next year, thanks to a $3 million grant from the state to fund Divvy expansions in Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston.
Oak Park’s share of the funds will go toward installing 12 Divvy docking stations in the Village. Each station typically houses a collection of bikes, along with an automated pay station which allows cyclists to rent out bikes on an hourly rate. Bikes will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.
The state-funded grant represents about 80 percent of the cost to expand Divvy into Oak Park. The other 20 percent, some $161,177, will be matched by local funding from the Village.
“Ever since Divvy arrived in Chicago last year, we’ve been hearing from residents who are eager to have bike sharing in Village,” said Parking & Mobility Services Director Jill Velan. “We’re pleased that the state of Illinois has chosen to help fund this latest expansion in Oak Park.”
Divvy will be a public-private partnership involving the state of Illinois, the Village of Oak Park and the bike-share company Alta. The program aims to offer a green transportation alternative to urban residents which meshes seamlessly with Oak Park’s other transit options. Bike sharing is particularly important for the so-called “last mile” problem, which refers to the often-difficult last step for people using buses and trains to move around the Chicagoland area.
Bike sharing fits well with Oak Park’s efforts to promote bicycling around the Village. This initiative is guided by a Bicycle Plan developed by the Transportation Commission and supported by the Village board and administrative leaders.
For more information about Divvy, go to www.divvybikes.com.