Plan to expand Divvy bicycle-sharing program delayed

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Chicago’s Divvy bicycle-sharing program has hit a road block.

A plan to add 175 stations and 1,750 bikes is delayed until next spring.

The expansion was originally set for this year, but was delayed due to the bankruptcy of one of the program’s suppliers.  Montreal-based Public Bike System Co., or Bixi, announced in January it was filing for bankruptcy protection.

When complete, the expansion will extend Divvy bikes as far north as Touhy Avenue and as far south as 75th street.

Bicyclists have made more than 2.3 million Divvy trips since the program was launched in June, 2013.

The current program has 300 docking stations and 3,000 bikes.

One of the major goals of the bike-sharing program is to reduce traffic congestion and provide an alternative to driving or taking a taxicab.

Divvy customers buy daily passes or annual memberships.  Both provide unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes each. After 30 minutes, overtime fees are charged.

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