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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.

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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.