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Report says bike sharing is catching on

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Now that Evanston's City Council has voted to seek grant funds to bring a bike sharing program to town, news of how it's going next door in Chicago may be of interest.

A new report Chicago's Department of Transportation says the two-month-old program there is catching on well.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, officials say the system is already very popular with tourists and is gaining converts among commuters.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that bike sharing in New York has grown so popular that the city is having to add additional trucks to redistribute bikes from where riders leave them to where the demand for more bikes is.

The Evanston City Council voted unanimously Monday to apply for a grant that would cover 80 percent of the cost of setting up a bike-sharing program in Evanton after the map of planned stations was redrawn to provide some service in south and west Evanston.

Top: One of the Divvy bikes used in Chicago. Evanston plans to use the same system Chicago does, if its grant application is approved.

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