Divvy in Chicago has the largest, most diverse service area of any bike share program in the nation, with 580+ stations across Chicago and in surrounding suburbs, Evanston and Oak Park.
at a glance
Launched in 2013
In focusDivvy for Everyone
As Divvy has expanded and reached more neighborhoods, the team has worked closely with the Chicago Department of Transportation to make the system more accessible and affordable. Divvy has engaged communities through its Divvy “Community Connections” newsletter, through its Design-a-Divvy contest in which public school students created fender designs that reflected their neighborhoods, and through its Divvy on Tour weekend where ambassadors popped up at new stations and educated Chicagoans about bike share.
In 2015, the “Divvy for Everyone” (D4E) program launched, which makes Divvy memberships available to low-income Chicagoans for just $5 for the first year of membership for those who quality. Over 1,200 residents have participated to date, and Divvy will soon pilot a cash membership option for residents who quality for D4E but lack access to a credit or debit card.
“This is such a fantastic city feature! My husband and I really enjoyed biking throughout the city. Used them all day and night. A huge savings and a great way to see the city; you miss so much riding in a car.”
In focusGrowing Divvy
Divvy launched with with 300 stations in 2013 and expanded by 175 stations in 2015. The program will continue to grow in 2016, adding more than new 100 stations, reaching new Chicago neighborhoods and become a regional transit system with stations in the nearby suburbs of Evanston and Oak Park.
Each expansion requires a close coordination with our clients at the Chicago Department of Transportation (who go through a lengthy process to determine where each station will go), with city permitting offices, our equipment suppliers, our operations team and our marketing department.
As we expand we monitor changes in ridership patterns, and quickly assess which stations will require more attention from rebalancers and valets. We ramp up our staffing of bike checkers and mechanics to make sure the new bikes stay in good and safe condition for years to come.
“Divvy has been an important part of the success story of bicycling in Chicago. This is one more way in which we are improving the quality of life in neighborhoods across Chicago.”