Citi Bike news: 5 million trips, Chicago's system is larger (maybe?)

Citi Bike reaches ridership milestones, but its status as the country's largest bike-sharing program has been challenged by Chicago's Divvy Bikes

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If you needed any further confirmation that Citi Bike is a success, here's some data for you: Earlier today, Mayor Bloomberg and DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that users of the bike-sharing program have taken more than 5 million trips, and ridden 10 million miles, since the program launched in May. (And all that without a single fatality!)

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The timing of the announcement is curious, though: On Wednesday, our colleagues at Time Out Chicago reported that the Windy City's bike-sharing program, Divvy Bikes, received a federal grant that would raise its number of stations from 300 to 475, effectively making it the largest such program in North America. (Citi Bike has 330 stations, and Montreal's BIXI program has 434.)

Interestingly, while Chicago's program will have more stations, Citi Bike still has more bikes—approximately 6,000 vs. Chicago's soon-to-be 4,750. We could argue that this still makes us bigger—and certainly, New Yorkers have used the program more, since Chicagoans have only ridden about 1.6 million miles since Divvy launched—but let's focus on the extremely positive. Bike sharing is clearly getting more popular nationwide, and that's a good thing. Now if only Citi would expand to more neighborhoods.…

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