Divvy, the bike sharing service, recently announced that it plans to start the installation of another 176 stations and 1,750 bikes throughout the city. Divvy will be doubling its service area from “covering 19 percent of the city’s geographic area to more than 38 percent of the city’s geographic area under the expansion,” Sean Wiedel, assistant commissioner in the city’s department of transportation, was quoted by Red Eye.
According to various media reports published last year, Austin and Oak Park were to be included in the most recent expansion; however, the maps of the new stations published by the Tribune and on Divvy’s website still show Austin and Oak Park barren of the new stations. All of the new stations shown on the maps are planned for areas east of Pulaski Road and closer to the Near West Side. The greater Austin community covers more than seven square miles and encompasses nearly 100,000 people.