Today’s Headlines

  • Cyclist, 33, Dies After Crash at Central and Addison, Driver Not Cited (Tribune)
  • On Saturday Afternoon, Divvy Was the Busiest Bike-Share Program in the World (Sun-Times)
  • Logan Square and Humboldt Park Are Getting Divvy Stations (DNA)
  • Quinn Signs Bill Blocking Ex-Transit Board Members From Getting Health Benefits (CBS)
  • Semi-Truck Jacknifes on Bishop Ford Near Sibley Boulevard (Sun-Times)
  • NIMBYs Oppose Proposal for Edgewater Boardwalk (DNA)
  • Wrigley Traffic Study Calls for Pushing Transit, Reducing Number of Drivers (DNA)
  • Show Your Support For PBLs on Broadway at Next Week’s Meeting (Transitized)
  • Before and After Views of the Stockton/Belden Crosswalk (BWLP)
  • Divvy Rescues Dottie From a Rainstorm (LGRAB)

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  • In re the new Divvy stations — there seems to be some delay removing the green coming-soon dot-things from Divvy’s map, as there are several now that have a green dot and a blue “active” dot almost on top of each other.

  • Anonymous

    Why did Divvy wait this long to put in more stations? The only reason I’ve seen was some stuff about “figuring out traffic patterns”, which will, of course, CHANGE when they add new stations.

    (and yes, I’m annoyed because it’s taken them this long to expand into Lakeview where it will actually benefit ME :D )

  • If I had to bet I’d say that installing them in tranches of a reasonable number of units at a time helps them be consistent with installation and make sure they’re not putting in screwups or slop on too many at once. They already got to this first add-on batch a bit faster than their initial estimate, so maybe the schedule is moving along nicely and they’ll keep being ahead?

    I know I wouldn’t want to try to do a citywide, dispersed rollout of 250 units of fairly complex engineering all at once to all go live on Day 1 — 75 is challenging enough.

    Plus this lets them get their rebalancing procedures up and running on the smaller footprint first. Yes, use patterns will change as the system gets wider and denser, but better to train your people and set up initial doctrine on a slightly less complicated task.

  • Good question; I’ll put out some feelers.

  • Per the Divvy Twitter account: “We intentionally took a few weeks to focus on operations and to understand flows/patterns, etc.”

  • Anonymous

    It’s the “understand flows/patterns” piece that I object to. When they add new stations, those flows/patterns will (I would hope obviously) change.

    What’s the point of going too deep into analysis of usage when you’re in the build-out period? eg, is it really long-term relevant that a particular station gets a ton of use when there will shortly be a bunch more stations near it that will lessen the use of that station? Maybe that station needs to be rebalanced a lot now, but won’t in the long run.

    Now, if it was more about training, or working out kinks or if they’d had technical issues like NYC did (haven’t really heard that), that’s a different story.

  • Anonymous

    There’s definitely some good in getting the procedures down, from dispatching to the people in the vans loading/unloading properly. But then say that, don’t say you’re trying to work out patterns/flows (per john’s post).

    The other thing bugging me a little is that I would guess the crews doing the installs are different from those doing rebalancing/servicing, so why have those crews not continuing working on installs?

  • theclaus

    Is there an estimate when the lakeview area will be getting stations?

  • BlueFairlane

    “Understanding flows/patterns” need not refer to the way the bikes are used at a particular station. They could be talking about the way bikes are moving from one part of town to another part of town. The could be talking about workflow and the simple act of pattern recognition and reaction. There is some benefit simply to seeing how patterns develop, even if those specific patterns aren’t necessarily valid for the long term. To me, it makes complete sense to move slowly at first, if only to get used to the processes you’ll have to scale up later on.

  • Anonymous

    But that’s my point, at this stage, they can’t even draw conclusions about how bikes move between neighborhoods because the buildout isn’t there.

    And they’re not moving slowly, they weren’t moving at all for a few weeks between launch and this week.

  • BlueFairlane

    I believe you are underestimating the conclusions they can draw. They can, for instance, see the volume of bikes flowing from a particular collection of Divvy stations toward downtown. That volume isn’t likely to change much. More significantly, they can draw conclusion about how the patterns themselves form. That’s important information.

    I also don’t think the lack of action in the … what, three weeks since the initial rollout? … is really the glacial pace you seem to suggest. Nor were those three weeks without systemic kinks that needed working out, kinks that were likely easier to work out with a smaller number of stations. Patience, lad. They’re coming.

  • Anonymous

    and I believe you are overestimating them because the station density is not there. There’s a whopping 2 stations in Lakeview and 6 in Lincoln Park. For the people near the lakefront in those neighborhoods, the only stations are at Notebaert and Lincoln/Armitage. That’s high rise country, very dense, lots of people to potentially use it and no service yet. So they’re supposed to draw any kind of stats based on those 8 spots serving a huge population?

    And yes, patience is not something I am good at ;)

  • Anonymous

    if you look at the map (http://www.divvybikes.com/stations ), you can turn off the “coming soon” (yellow) to see what’s there now (blue) vs coming this week (green).

    For Lakeview specifically, there are stations open at the diversey and wellington brown line stations. Coming this week are lincoln/diversey/racine, lincoln/southport/wellington, belmont/southport, and diversey/paulina. Also this week is one at Hamlin Park (damen/wellington), depending on whether you call that South Roscoe Village, West Lakeview or North Costco.

  • theclaus

    Thanks for the information

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