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August 26, 2013|By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin | RedEye

Divvy bikes have been taking over Chicago streets, but the Chicago dating scene, as well? Maybe.

Project Fixup, the local dating service that pairs singles on theme dates around the city, has partnered with Divvy bike share for its latest matchups.

"Most of our dates have been drink- or food-based, so we wanted to incorporate something more active," said Sarah Press, CEO of Project Fixup. "We’re all about helping people have unique meet-ups in the city."

Interested singles sign up on projectfixup.com and indicate their availability during select dates. For $15, the site will pair daters with a match, a specific time and a bike-docking station where to meet and a 24-hour Divvy code.

Though the Divvy Fixup just launched Monday, initial response has been positive, according to Press. Divvy is committed to 50 of the codes for specific dates, said Elliot Greenberger, Divvy marketing manager, but he said the program is “comfortable increasing” the number of codes if needed.

"People use Divvy as a fun way to get around the city--to see new things, see new neighborhoods," Greenberger said.

The partnership with Project Fixup is part of a long list of businesses that Divvy has worked with since its launch earlier this summer, including Hotel Felix and Intelligentsia during its Divvy Red campaign.

"We want to continue to be involved with the local business scene, especially with startups,"  Greenberger said. In the past, Project Fixup dates have paired singles through themes including craft beer, coffeeshops, sports and dive bars.

Streeterville resident Pritesh Patel, 30, who recently took part in a Project Fixup date focused on charitable causes, said his experience was great and he "would definitely do it again."

"I think it's a cool, unique idea, trying to set up a blind date around biking around the city," Patel said.

"My advice would be to have fun, ride a bike for half an hour then grab a coffee nearby," Press said. "If it goes well, keep it going."

Registration for the fix-up is open through Friday with dates happening anywhere between Sept. 2 and Sept. 15.

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