Divvy NIMBYs’ Bike-Share Nightmare Is Over: Lakeview Station Relocated

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J.C. Steinbrunner and Amalie Drury at the Pine Grove Divvy station. Photo: John Greenfield

Chicago’s most notorious bike-share haters, married couple and lawyers David Kolin and Jeannine Cordero, have gotten Divvy deliverance. In the wake of a lawsuit by the pair, the city has removed a “hideous” bike-share station from their Lakeview block. However, it’s not for the reasons you might expect.

On August 21, Kolin and Cordero sued the Chicago Department of Transportation and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, demanding the removal of the station in front of their condo at 3565 North Pine Grove. They argued that the facility would attract garbage, and could be a magnet for strangers who might follow their kids into the building. Two days later, a judge dismissed the couple’s request to have the station removed immediately, but the lawsuit continued.

The lawsuit settled a few months ago, according to CDOT spokesman Pete Scales. As part of the deal, the city agreed to move the docks about 50 feet south, away from the couple’s door and closer to the alley. This afternoon, workers moved the station a block north, to the southeast corner of Pine Grove and Waveland, but Scales said the relocation was unrelated to the lawsuit.

“That’s one of the top 30 most-used stations in the system, with about 32 trips per day,” he said. “Because it’s so popular, we wanted to add a few more docks. Moving the station allowed us to expand the station, and also conserve some [car] parking spaces.”

The controversial station’s new home is next to the New Yorker, a 594-unit, high-rise condo tower, and there are several other high rises nearby. Scales said he’s heard of no objections from the station’s new neighbors. “This moves the station closer to thousands of people,” he said.

While this sounds like a fine location for the blue bikes, it’s mildly annoying that Kolin and Cordero, a pair of squeaky wheels, got their way. It’s safe to assume that, during the eight-plus months their block was “begrimed” by Divvy bikes, there were no major waste management issues or child abductions.

  • Pat

    Put a people spot there. Just for kicks.

  • On-street bike parking corral?

  • Pat

    Even better.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Well, bless their little hearts. They no longer have to endure the sight of those hideous blue bikes, and their curb can once more be adorned by beautiful bus-size SUVs as God intended.

  • JacobEPeters

    In regards to your last paragraph, it shouldn’t be annoying since the move was due to functional needs of a high demand station. I applaud you pointing that out though, because now if they claim their lawsuit was the cause it is clearly documented that they are just out of touch with reality.

  • I’m not annoyed about the station being relocated. I’m mildly irritated that, inadvertently, these “think locally, act globally” types are getting exactly what they want.

  • JacobEPeters

    I agree, but your diligent documentation shows that they didn’t succeed, in fact they have just shown the world what they really are. Alarmist litigation addicts.

  • Jason Marshall

    perfect checkpoint for future alley-cat.

  • Christine Price

    On the one hand, ugh, what bullshit.

    On the other hand, WOO HOO! THAT IS RIGHT BY MY HOUSE PRACTICALLY

  • Christine Price

    Combination of the two. That way you get the loitering, and the “people coming and going at all hours”

    Also, thanks for the reporting! I rarely go east, so I probably wouldn’t have noticed that the spot was closer before I moved in July haha

  • Its not fair but of it shuts them up…

  • More Docks, Please!

    Divvy could have left the old dock *and* added one across the street, just like that popular coffee chain.

  • Judicata

    The station at Pine Grove violated several provisions of federal and state manuals regarding traffic safety guidelines. The City needs to do traffic safety assessments first and not place this burden on citizens to assert. If you read the amended complaint, there were also nuisance problems for those living in the area, not just the residents of Pine Grove.

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