PORTAGE PARK — Far Northwest Side residents can finally hop on a sky-blue Divvy bicycle in Portage Park.
Crews installed two new bicycle-sharing stations Tuesday at Montrose and Knox avenues near the Montrose station on the CTA Blue Line, and at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues in the Six Corners Shopping District outside the Portage Theater.
Six Corners business owners have been petitioning city officials since December 2013 to bring the bike-sharing service to the area around Irving Park Road and Cicero and Milwaukee avenues, and boost their efforts to bring new life to the once-thriving area by making it more bike-friendly.
Last summer, the first Divvy station in the 45th Ward opened near the on Irving Park Road CTA Blue Line station.
While Six Corners waited for Divvy bikes to arrive, the association raised $10,000 as part of an online fundraising campaign for three bike corrals that would provide parking spaces for 36 bikes in the shopping district.
Another Divvy station is expected to be installed this summer at the Grayland Metra Station at Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues, on the border between Six Corners and Old Irving Park.
A fourth Northwest Side Divvy station is set to be installed this summer at Addison Street and Milwaukee Avenue near Schurz High School, according to plans from the bike-sharing service.
This summer’s expansion will bring the city’s total number of stations to about 580, covering just under half the city’s total area.
The fee for an annual Divvy membership is $99. A daily pass costs $9.95, officials said.