Divvy bikes won’t start showing up in Evanston until next year — but at least state funding for the project has been confirmed.

The City of Chicago is taking the lead on the state-funded project that will add 50 additional Divvy locations in Chicago’s Rogers Park and Austin neighborhods plus 12 in Oak Park and eight in Evanston.

Evanston officials say they’ve confirmed that Chicago plans to wait to order the bikes until this fall, because an order placed now would lead to delivery this winter — when bicycle usage is very low.

Evanston officials are still working out details of the exact location for the bike share stations here and plan to have sponsorship and advertiser agreements in play by October, when Chicago plans to order the bikes, with delivery now expected in March 2016.

More coverage of the Divvy program.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Too bad
    That is too bad. Any idea why they did not order equipment earlier? Was the supplier not able to produce enough for Chicago’s expansion plus the equipment for Evanston at the same time?

  2. Bike safety helmets required ?

    Will Divvy rent as part of the bike rental or required separate rental bike helmets ? A story a couple of weeks ago was about a firm renting helmets. If someone gets hurt, do Divvy or Evanston [partly] liable ? Does the rider have to provide proof of insurance or are they responsible in any event—as anyone involved in any kind of accident can testify coverage is not always enough—lawyers can fight a claim for a long time and effect of any waiver is not worth the paper it is printed on— or fast enough. Years ago my home town had stores that rented motor scooters—that did not last long when they found their liability.

    1. safety issues

      Divvy does not rent helmets.

      Liability insurance is not required to ride a bike in Illinois, and Divvy does not require proof of insurance to rent their bikes.

    2. The city is not liable for accidents from Divvy bikes

      Users agree to a release from libility for any accidents that may occur on a bike.  An attorney would have to prove negligence by Divvy to get any settlement.  There have been over 3.5 million rides on the system so far, and a recent article in the Trib (I think) reported that the rate of accidents is actually much lower for Divvy riders than for other bicyclists. 

      Regardless, bike share systems exist in scores of cities in the US and are functioning without fear from frivolous law suits.  There is no difference from a liability perspective between Divvy and any other form of public transit.  In fact, they are probably more immune since "driver error" in the case of Divvy can't be pursued as  a line of argument like it can for trains and buses. 


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