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Evanston’s Transportation and Parking Committee voted Wednesday evening to recommend adding three additional Divvy bike stations to the eleven already located in the city.

The 4-1 vote came after city staff said that usage of the program by Evanston residents is increasing and that they expect the program to generate enough rider and advertising revenue next year to cover its costs.

The new stations, to be installed at a discount price using equipment retrieved from Oak Park after it ended its participation in the Divvy program, are proposed be located on Central Street at Lincolnwood Avenue in the 6th Ward, on Ridge Avenue near Simpson Street in the 5th Ward and on Dodge Avenue at Oakton Street, on the border between the 8th and 9th wards.

Committee member Alejandro Anon voted against the expansion, saying it appeared from a recent survey of city residents about budget issues that a lot of people wish to see Divvy eliminated.

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, said that despite voting for the program, she continued to have reservations about the station locations and the relative lack of service to the city’s west side, even after addition of the new stations.

The plan still will require full City Council approval.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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