Evanston aldermen agreed on most of a set of general locations for eight planned Divvy bike rental stations this week — but asked city staff to give further thought to two of them.
Aldeman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said she was opposed to the staff’s recommendation that one station be located at the Howard-Hartrey shopping center.
She said shoppers at the big-box stores in the center generally are buying “too much to carry back on a bike” and that she believes the Divvy site would be better located on Asbury south of Oakton Street.
Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, suggested the station shown as being in the vicinity of Dodge Avenue and Greenleaf Street might better be located closer to the Evanston Plaza shopping center at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.
But Ylda Capriccioso of the city staff said that because Dempster is not considered a good bike route, but Greenleaf is, the staff wanted to try to locate the station near Greenleaf.
A map showing the general areas proposed for Divvy stations at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Exact locations for all of the eight Divvy stations have yet to be determined.