A study intended to help Oak Park implement a bike-sharing program recommended 13 potential locations for docking stations, as preparations continue for the expansion of Chicago’s Divvy program into the Village next spring.
The study by the Village and Active Transportation Alliance recommends focusing on transit stations by placing the majority of the Divvy stations near Lake Street, the Eisenhower Expressway and Madison Street, with one station on Chicago Avenue.
Site recommendations are not final, officials say, as more public input will be gathered and additional analysis done before any final decisions are made.
A share of the funding for the Divvy expansion into Oak Park would come from a $3 million state grant, which also designated funds to expand the system into Evanston and Chicago’s Austin and Rogers Park neighborhoods. The Village’s share to implement the program will be about $160,000 or 20 percent of the total cost. A portion of the investment would be recouped from rental fees.
Each docking station typically houses a collection of bikes, along with an automated pay station that allows cyclists to rent out bikes at an hourly rate, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.
Details on how the recommended sites were selected are included in the study, which is posted at www.oak-park.us/bicycling.