(CBS) – The future of Chicago’s highly publicized Divvy bike-sharing program could be in question.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the company that supplies the distinctive blue bicycles, stations and other components filed for bankruptcy Monday.READ MORE: Third Man Claims He Was Sexually Abused By Fr. Michael Pfleger Over 40 Years Ago
Public Bike System Co.’s plan to seek federal protection was announced Monday by the mayor of Montreal, whose city bailed out the company three years ago to the tune of $108 million, according to the Sun-Times article, which cites Canadian news sources.
The news casts a shadow on the city of Chicago’s plans to widely expand Divvy here, the Sun-Times reports.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Full List Of Mass Vaccination Sites With More To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
Seventy-five stations planned for next year would have made Chicago’s bike sharing program the largest in North America — bigger than New York and Montreal, the Sun-Times reports.
The Chicago Department of Transportation says the city’s Divvy program won’t be affected.
“Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system, continues to operate as normal,” a spokesman said in a written statement.MORE NEWS: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information