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Could bike-share 'spin class' trend come to Chicago?

June 14, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

See them on the streets of New York City, pedaling fast, but going nowhere.

They're New Yorkers, taking advantage of the city's new bike share program in an unexpected way: Instead of paying for a membership, checking the bikes out of their kiosks, and using them to commute, some people are turning the bike share stations around the city into make-shift stationary bikes, and riding them in place as though they were in an upscale spin class.

The bikes were not intended to be ridden in place, but that hasn't stopped many New Yorkers, according to local media. Could Divvy, Chicago's own bike-share program set to roll-out at the end of this month, meet the same fate?

"I suppose it is possible," Pete Scales, a Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman, said in an email. "People are excited about Divvy, and are going to enjoy it in many ways. But rather than spinning in place, it's much more fun to take [a] Divvy bike out and ride it."

You'll be the judge of that, Chicago.

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