In just two and a half months, Chicagoans and visitors to the city have taken more than 365,000 trips and have collectively ridden an estimated one million miles, passing the milestone this week.
“This summer, Chicagoans and our visitors have shown a tremendous amount of participation and enthusiasm for bike sharing,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “In a very short time, Divvy has already changed the way people move around the city.”
With 240 stations on the ground to date, Divvy staff plans to install another 60 in the next few weeks, ramping up to 300 stations and 3,000 bikes. By next spring, Divvy will be in 400 neighborhood locations with 4,000 bikes.
Each Divvy station has a touchscreen kiosk, station map, and a docking system that releases bikes using a Member key or ride code. Customers can purchase $75 Annual Memberships or $7 24-Hour Passes, which allow riders unlimited trips in that period.
Annual Members use a personal key used to quickly unlock bikes from any station. More than 8,000 Chicagoans have signed up for Divvy Annual Memberships at DivvyBikes.com.
More than 75 local companies and organizations have signed on as Corporate Members, which gives their employees and members discounted annual memberships to Divvy.
As more people use bike sharing, Divvy is looking for Chicagoans to film and submit short, entertaining videos to help other Divvy riders to learn how to bike safely.
The top YouTube and Vine video producers will receive Divvy membership for the next five years. Divvy will select 25 runners up, who will receive a Bern helmet, a Divvy t-shirt, and five 24-Hour Passes.
Chicagoans can enter the contest with either a YouTube video (under three minutes) or a Vine clip, submitted to Divvy at www.divvybikes.com/safety. The deadline for entries is Monday, September 30, 2013 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on the website on October 7th.
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