25,000 trips taken on Chicago bike-sharing system

Associated Press
Updated 7/12/2013 3:37 PM

Chicago is touting the success of its new bike-sharing program, saying users have taken more than 25,000 trips in the first two weeks.

The city launched the program June 28 and has promoted it as a way for commuters to make short trips such as getting from a train station to an office.

But so far, the majority of riders of the 700 available bicycles appear to be visitors and casual users. About 19,000 trips involved the purchase of $7 day passes, rather than $75 annual memberships generally bought by more regular riders.

The system is dubbed Divvy to reflect its divide and share principle.

Next week, the city will start deploying more bikes with a goal of reaching 3,000 by the end of summer and 4,000 by next spring.

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