Divvy Installs 300th Station as Members Keep Riding in Colder Temps
Divvy completed the first season’s rollout with the installation of the 300th station at Lincoln/Halsted/Fullerton yesterday afternoon. As the system has grown, annual members are making more trips, even while the temperature drops.
As of yesterday there were 10,810 annual members, and the latest stats show that they are making more and more Divvy trips. With the temperature dropping from September to October, overall trips on Divvy slowed 12.2 percent. However, the decline was mostly among 24-hour pass holders — annual members actually took 18.0 percent more trips in the last 30 days than the previous 30 days. Annual members accounted for 62.4 percent of Divvy trips in the 30 days ending October 29 compared to 46.5 percent of trips in the previous period.
The rollout of the first 300 stations didn’t always proceed according to schedule, for reasons including station site changes and construction work blocking installation. For the past month, the implementation had been stuck, with about 95 percent of phase one stations on the street, according to Divvy spokesperson Elliot Greenberger. “The final 5 percent was due to a combination of a late shipment of key equipment as well as a recognition that certain stations required extra attention in terms of siting,” he said.
All Divvy stations will stay open during winter, save for shutdowns in severe weather. Divvy will be responsible for clearing snow from around the stations. The active fleet will be smaller so that more bikes can be held in reserve and rolled out when bikes need to be taken out of service for repairs. Divvy will grow in the spring, adding 100 more stations.