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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing service will install a docking station adjacent to the Northeastern Illinois University main campus in the spring of 2015, the program announced Thursday, Aug. 21.

The move is part of a greater expansion project that will take the service as far north as Touhy Avenue, as far south as 75th Street and as far west as Pulaski Road.

While the expansion is subject to change, Divvy currently plans to install a station on the west side of St. Louis Avenue, just north of Balmoral Avenue.

Divvy also plans to install stations at Christiana and Lawrence avenues near the Kimball Brown Line stop, at Kedzie and Bryn Mawr avenues, and at Kedzie and Foster avenues.

“It’s exciting,” said Northeastern business manager for facilities management David Rubin, who was involved in expansion talks with Divvy.

The service’s growth into the neighborhood will give students more commuting options, particularly from the Kimball Brown Line stop, Rubin said.

Near Northeastern’s El Centro location, which is scheduled to open Sept. 20, Divvy plans to install a station at Kimball and Belmont avenues adjacent to the Belmont Blue Line station.

A Divvy station already exists near Northeastern’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Cottage Grove Avenue and Oakwood Boulevard.