The Chicago Department of Transportation has announced that the planned expansion of Divvy will take place next spring, bringing the bike share system to 475 stations and 4,750 bikes. The 175 new stations will be distributed to underserved areas on the North, South and West Sides of Chicago, giving the city the most bike share stations and largest service area in North America (Montreal, the next largest, operates 450 stations). When the expansion is complete, the Divvy network will cover 87 square miles, stretching from Touhy Ave to the north, to 75th St to the south and Pulaski Rd to the west. The locations of the 175 new stations were determined with the help of thousands of suggestions from Chicagoans gathered by CDOT during the planning process.
Divvy has also released trip data for the first two quarters of 2014, which means that visualizations like this one are due for an update. Additionally, the bike share program divulged that it currently has more than 23,000 active annual members. That equates to a considerable number of bikes on Chicago's roads, so it's more important than ever that the city continues to provide infrastructure like protected lanes that make the streets safer for cyclists.
Take a look at the map below to view the new stations that will join the Divvy system next spring.