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.

More coverage of the Divvy program.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I hope they will re-evaluate in a year

    It is hard to know the best spots to put the stations.  After a summer and fall of usage, we will see which stations get used the most and which, if any, get under-utilized.  Divvy makes detailed bike trip data public on their website.  The most predictable pattern of use is people going to work.  In the loop the divvy stattions next to Oglvie and Union station get very heavy usage at rush our.  so it makes sense that Evanston would put divvy stations next to CTA and Metra stations and near places where a lot of people work.  I do not expect there will be much usage of the stations at Central/Green Bay and Central/Ridge.  While these are next to train stations they do not work well as a connection to any other divvy stations.  The one exception is that they connect to each other.  There may be enough hospital employees who take the Metra train to central and will divvy over to ridge.

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