Earlier this week, I took Divvy bikeshare to work, since it was supposed to rain in the evening. Divvy is a very useful tool, and I’m lucky to have the option. I had to stop and re-dock my bike twice along the route to keep from going over 30 minutes and being charged for the extra time. That was not too much of a hassle, but I wish the max time were 45 minutes.
I took the Lakefront Trail to work. With the nice tailwind, it was smooth sailing, although Divvy is noticeably slower than my bikes (even my Dutch bike) because even its highest gear does not provide that much power.
Here is where I tried to cross Lakeshore Drive at a pedestrian sign and gave up after the walk sign never appeared in five minutes. I continued down the path and crossed at a car crossing.
My final 9 mile trip was one hour of cycling, plus extra time for walking to and from the nearby Divvy stations. Not the best option if I’m in a rush, but not too much slower than more regular bikes.
If the rainy and cold weather sticks around, I expect to be using Divvy quite often this spring.
When I first wrote about Divvy, I listed reasons that I anticipated using the bike share system, even though I have three bikes of my own. On Friday, one of those reasons popped up.
- I take the L in the morning due to rain but the sun is shining by the end of the day.
Leaving for work in the morning in the pouring rain, I did not even consider biking. By the early evening, the sun was out and I was itching to ride a bike. Lo and behold, there was a brand new Divvy station right by me.
Using the bike was super easy. I had no problems riding in my trousers, thanks to the covered chain. The fenders protected me from being splashed by leftover rain puddles.
The front rack held my legal file and bag remarkably well. I was worried about the file slipping out, but everything felt perfectly secure.
I rode Divvy as far north as possible, before switching to the L to get all the way to my destination in Lincoln Square, where I was meeting friends for dinner. I can’t wait for the day when Divvy stations cover the city – which should be by the end of the summer!
I look forward to many more rides with Divvy in the future!