The Oak Park Board of Trustees voted 4-3 Tuesday against renewing its contract with Motivate International Inc., the New York-based company that owns Divvy.
Concerns over the cost to keep the program in tandem with the number of Oak Parkers using the bike-share network were cited as the two main reasons to forego a contract extension. Statistics report that Oak Park is estimated to lose $80,000 per year, according to a story reported by the Pioneer Press.
“These numbers make me cringe,” said Village Trustee Bob Tucker in the article.
Divvy came to Oak Park in June 2016 with 13 stations, the majority of which are located on or near Lake Street, Madison Street, and the Eisenhower. Several Oak Parkers expressed concern from the beginning, pointing out a lack of stations in the northern portion of the village.
The board has made attempts to negotiate the contract with Motivate, but both parties have not been able to come to a mutual agreement.
Motivate claims that membership is up 20 percent annually. “The Divvy program continues to grow not only in Chicago but throughout Chicagoland, with growing ridership from Chatham to Evanston every year,” said Motivate General Manager Michael Crizton. “While it’s unfortunate that the Oak Park community will no longer participate in the Divvy program, we continue to be committed to providing the best possible system to our riders.” Village Trustee Dan Moroney claims that only 1 percent of Oak Park residents have a Divvy membership.
Oak Park is one of only two suburbs with Divvy, the other being Evanston. Most of the bike-sharing stations are located within Chicago’s city limits.
It is unclear at this time when the stations will be removed, but Divvy is soon to be a thing of the past in Oak Park.
Feature image courtesy of WGN TV