Po Campo's Divvy bikeshare bag. (handout)
Divvy has a brand new bag.
The Chicago-based travel bag-maker Po Campo has designed a bag specifically to fit on the bikeshare program’s handlebars, which are too narrow for many typical bags.
Maria Boustead, the owner and founder of Po Campo, said she noticed that the bikeshare bicycles, which are made by the company Alta Bicycle Share, would be ideal for running errands around the city if only it were easier to attach bags to them.
“You can put a bag in there, but the bungee is just too taught, it’s too tight to wrap over a bigger bag,” she said. “One of the nice things about Divvy is how it encourages spontaneous trips. I might stop at Jewel before dinner but then I think, oh wait, how can I carry anything that I buy?”
Like other Po Campo bags, which are also designed with bicycle commuters in mind, the bikeshare bag is made of waterproof fabric, has reflective detailing and several pockets.
“It’s got some nice details that dress it up a little so that you can take it into an office, and it works really with the [Divvy] rack,” Boustead said. “We wanted a bag that’s very unisex, very versatile.”
Boustead, who founded the bag company in 2009, is taking names for a wait list for the bag, which she hopes to have in customers' hands by June or July.
Boustead plans to launch a kickstarter campaign in April to take pre-orders for the bag, she said. The bag will retail for $85, and would fit on other Alta Bicycle Share bikes in other cities, including Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Montreal. As with other Po Campo bags, Po Campo is donating a bicycle to school girls in Zambia for every 25 bags purchased through a partnership with the nonprofit World Bicycle Relief, she said.
Boustead, who sometimes uses Divvy on her commute from Uptown to her West Town office, said she is hoping the bikeshare program’s growing popularity will encourage more people to become regular bike commuters, and that her bags will ease the transition even more.
“When Divvy launched I was super-excited about it because I’m always encouraging people to bike for transportation, and it kind of democratized the whole thing,” she said.
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