The only people who will be surprised that Divvy ridership is extremely low in areas like Englewood are well-meaning white journalists who think that bicycling equity is a hot issue in African-American neighborhoods (or at least want it to be) and idiots. Some days it is hard to tell them apart.
What Makes BikeShare Meaningful?
You need at least three essential ingredients for BikeShare to succeed:
- It needs to be cheap enough for the residents to use it.
- It needs to be available in large numbers of spots so that dropping it off is convenient.
- You need a destination, which for most ‘elites‘ is an office where they work.
- You need safe infrastructure, which is this case means a hell of a lot more than pretty green paint and pvc bollards. You need to feel as if your person will not be assaulted with a weapon like a gun or knife while trying to get where you want to go.
Should any of these things be lacking then BikeShare will go unused. Right now the only time of the day/year to use Divvy is during daylight hours and in warm weather. And unfortunately this late in the calendar year, both are in short supply.