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Could Dockless Bike Shares Be Coming to Chicago?

Advocates and opponents of these new bike share programs are hashing it out in the Windy City.

Would dockless bikes–shared bikes that have built-in locks rather than traditional bike docks, tracked down via an app–be a boon or a bust in Chicago? That’s the question for transportation activists and city officials, as advocates push for bringing dockless bike-share programs to the city to complement the existing Divvy bike share. Proponents say dockless bikes would better serve low-income neighborhoods, while others fear users would abandon the bikes around the city, creating clutter on the streets.