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Pedal to the metal: Divvy sets rider record in 2015

Busiest day for Divvy? Fourth of July

The busiest day for Divvy, Chicago's blue bike-sharing program, was the July 4 holiday, which was also smack in the middle of the Grateful Dead tour stop at Soldier Field.

Data for 2015 released by Divvy this week showed 24,814 rides were taken on July 4, setting a record for the most trips taken in a day, according to a Divvy blog post.

The day of the fewest trips was last year's Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2015, when there was a major snowstorm and only 143 Divvy trips taken.

With 475 stations throughout the city, Divvy looked at which ones are the most popular destinations. The winner? Navy Pier.

The station at Illinois Street and Streeter Drive near the entrance of Navy Pier topped the list of popular destination stations during the week and on the weekend.

The rest of the weekday list centers around downtown. Think Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and Millennium Park. On the weekends, it's all about the lakefront and the museum campus.

Divvy riders took more than 3.2 million trips last year, which is a 30 percent bump up from 2014, the blog post noted. Divvy launched in June 2013.  

Data also found that the average Divvy member—there are more than 31,000 annual members—takes 83 trips a year. The average trip is almost 2 miles and lasts nearly 17 minutes, well below the 30-minute mark when late fees start getting charged.

This month, the annual membership fee increase kicked in, raising the cost to $99, up from $75. The price of a 24-hour pass is $9.95. Divvy offers $5 one-year memberships to Chicagoans with income under 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a single person earning less than $35,310 a year can qualify for the one-time discount.

This year, more bikes and stations are coming to Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

Last month, the city announced an expansion into suburban Oak Park and Evanston as well as Chicago neighborhoods including Rogers Park on the North Side, Austin and Garfield Park on the West Side and Englewood, Burnside, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing and Brighton Park on the South Side.

The expansion will increase the number of Divvy bikes to 5,700 and the number of stations in the Chicago area from 475 to 571. The expansion is planned for the summer, according to Divvy.

Last summer, Divvy added 175 new stations spreading out to 75th Street in South Shore to the south, Touhy Avenue in Rogers Park to the north, and Pulaski Road in Little Village and Avondale to the west.

Here's a look at where Divvy cyclists ended their rides last year.

Top weekday destinations:

  1. Streeter Drive and Illinois Street (Navy Pier)
  2. Clinton Streetand Washington Boulevard (Ogilvie Transportation Center)
  3. Canal and Adams streets (Union Station)
  4. Canal and Madison streets (Ogilvie Transportation Center)
  5. Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street
  6. Theater on the Lake
  7. Millennium Park
  8. Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue
  9. Michigan Avenue and Oak Street
  10. Franklin and Monroe streets

Top weekend destinations:

  1. Streeter Drive and Illinois Street (Navy Pier)
  2. Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue
  3. Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street
  4. Theater on the Lake
  5. Michigan Avenue and Oak Street
  6. Millennium Park
  7. Shedd Aquarium
  8. Adler Planetarium
  9. Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue
  10. McClurg Court and Illinois Street

 

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