Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood today participated in the Bike to Work rally and celebrated the installation of the first Divvy bike-sharing station at Daley Plaza.
“Bike sharing is another large step we’re taking to make Chicago the best big city in America for cycling,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We are improving our bicycling infrastructure to create the quality of life that will attract businesses and families to Chicago. Divvy bikes will provide Chicagoans and visitors with more options for getting around our neighborhoods.”
"In communities across the country, Americans are demanding transportation options, including safe and convenient bicycle infrastructure," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. "With the help of our TIGER funding, Chicago's Divvy bike share joins over 20 American cities that are benefiting from this program. This year is truly the year of the bike share."
“As a founding member and co-chair of the Senate Bike Caucus, I am a firm believer that biking is good for our health, good for our environment, and good for our economy. Chicago’s new bike share program Divvy – jumpstarted by a federal grant – will make it easier for residents and visitors to get where they’re going or just to explore the city. Thanks to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for all of his efforts to support and promote bike projects in Illinois, and congratulations to the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the launch of this exciting new program,” said Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).