Only a fraction of the stations are open during the first phase – none near my home – but many others are scheduled to open soon. A total of 4000 bikes at 400 stations is planned for the first two years.
Even though I have my own bikes, I became a member. I anticipate Divvy being useful when:
- I want to bike to a bar and cab or transit home.
- I take the L in the morning due to rain but the sun is shining by the end of the day.
- I don’t want to leave my bike locked outside for an extended period of time.
- I need to get to court or a meeting during the middle of the day and taking my bike out of my office and down the elevator would be too much trouble.
- I want to travel with a friend who does not have her own bike.
The annual membership is only $75 and includes unlimited, free 30 minute rides. Daily passes are available for only $7.
While Divvy will be useful to me personally, I’m most excited about the system because I believe it will radically change the culture of Chicago for the better. I was skeptical of bike share until I saw how Velib is used by everyone in Paris. Now I am anxious to see the same happen in Chicago. The more people ride bikes, the more people will understand what it’s like to ride a bike. Empathy from Chicago drivers – imagine that!
Here’s a quick video I made of the process to join Divvy with an overview of the website. I will make a video of using the system soon.
Anyone else already a Divvy member? (No? Join now!)