Divvy increases bikeshare access to Evanston residents through newly expanded Divvy for Everyone program
Divvy to offer discounted membership beginning at only $5 for entire first year of unlimited Divvy rides
Evanston, IL – More Evanston residents will have access to bike share, thanks to the newly expanded Divvy for Everyone (D4E) program, Divvy announced today. Evanston residents ages 16 and older with an annual household income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or receive of SNAP, WIC, LIHEAP or public housing benefits will now qualify for the discounted annual memberships — only $5 for the entire first year — as part of the D4E program.
“Accessibility and inclusivity are our top priorities at Divvy,” said Michael Critzon, Divvy General Manager. “We’ve had tremendous success with the Divvy for Everyone program so far, and we are looking forward to helping more Evanston residents at all income levels explore and enjoy Evanston and Chicago on a bike.”
“I’m thrilled to partner with Divvy and Blue Cross Blue Shield in expanding the Divvy for Everyone program to Evanston,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “Evanston is a bike-friendly community, and it’s important that all residents and visitors are able to access and enjoy this healthy, convenient and sustainable transportation option.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is generously supporting the Divvy for Everyone program improvements.
Since Divvy for Everyone launched in 2015, more than 3,500 individuals have signed up for the program. People of color represent more than 70% of D4E members. Participation has been greatest on the South and West sides of Chicago over the past three years. Program participants have taken more than 250,000 rides, with rides starting at nearly every station in the system.
Evanston residents can sign up for Divvy for Everyone in person at most Parks, Recreation and Community Services facilities. Evanston General Assistance clients can sign up for the program directly through the General Assistance Office at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Individuals can learn more about registering at DivvyBikes.com/D4E.
Divvy ridership has continued to grow year over year, as new pricing makes it even easier to get around Chicagoland. For those who do not qualify for Divvy for Everyone, the new $3 Single Ride provides an affordable way to try the program before joining as an annual member. Since the new pricing launched February 1, nearly 300,000 Single Rides passes have been sold throughout Chicagoland.
Divvy is Chicagoland’s bike share system, giving Chicago and Evanston residents and visitors access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations across the region. Intended to provide additional options for getting around and exploring the city, Divvy is convenient, fast, fun and affordable. Divvy is North America’s largest bike share system based on service area, thanks in part to the support and sponsorship of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois. For more information and a map of station locations, visit www.DivvyBikes.com.