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Chicago bike-sharing system to be biggest in U.S.

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  • In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013 photo, fully assembled and ready to use bikes sit at the Divvy roll-out facility in Chicago.

      In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013 photo, fully assembled and ready to use bikes sit at the Divvy roll-out facility in Chicago.
    Associated Press

 
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The city of Chicago says its bicycle-sharing program is poised to become the biggest in North America next year thanks to a $3 million federal grant that will allow it to expand.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the funding Wednesday and said it would allow the city to install 75 more sidewalk docking stations full of the bright blue bikes. It already had plans for 100 new stations next year.

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With the extra funding, the system known as Divvy will grow to 475 stations next year. By number of stations, that would put Chicago's system at the top of the rankings in the United States and Canada.

Since Chicago's system opened four months ago, it has logged 650,000 trips. Some 11,000 people have signed up for annual memberships.

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