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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging D.C., Portland and New York," Klein said.
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October 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch this spring Chicago, here's your chance to play a role in the city's upcoming bike share project. The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch in the spring.
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October 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch this spring Chicago, here's your chance to play a role in the city's upcoming bike share project. The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch in the spring.
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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging D.C., Portland and New York," Klein said.
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June 14, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and 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....
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January 8, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The first winter in Chicago is never easy. Perhaps that's especially true for Divvy, the city's new bike share program. The extreme weather has already tested every local form of transportation this year, and Divvy is among those that hit some unexpected snags. A weekend snowstorm forced Divvy to shut down for the first time Jan. 2, but even after the bike-share program resumed operations Jan. 4 some stations were still experiencing problems. Some refused to let members check out bicycles, or return bikes they had already...
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July 9, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
They don't call it "bike share"  because you have to share the sidewalk with them. Three weeks since the city debuted its bike sharing program, Divvy, city officials say they are reminding the program's fledgling members that the sidewalk is off-limits. But not everyone is listening; sidewalk cyclers have been spotted in the past week on the Near North Side. On the tourism-heavy day after the Fourth of July, one rider weaved up the Magnificent Mile for multiple blocks, ringing the bell on his Divvy bike repeatedly at...
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September 11, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
While Chicago is known as a bike-friendly city with its protected lanes and bike-sharing program, elected officials are thinking about regulating electric bicycles next. Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) introduced an ordinance on Wednesday that defines a low-speed electric bicycle and outlines operating restrictions. Such bicycles would be defined as a two- or three-wheeled devices with pedals and an electric motor of less than one horsepower. The electric bicycles would not fall within...
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December 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Where should a Divvy bike station go? The city is asking Chicagoans to suggest places to put at least 175 more Divvy bike stations in 2014. On Tuesday, city officials and Divvy are planning to launch the website suggest.divvybikes.com in which users can pinpoint a location to add a station or comment on a suggested station location. The site also maps out all current Divvy stations. Since Divvy's bike-sharing program started this summer, there are 300 stations in the city and more than 130,000...
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December 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
A new holiday Divvy bike wrapped like a candy cane arrived on Thursday. The bike spotted at the Daley Plaza bike station has the hashtag #holidivvy on its back fender, which signals another special campaign for the bike-sharing program. Remember the red Divvy bike this summer? People who spotted and posted a photo of the red bike to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram won prizes. The 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th, 200th and 300th riders who checked out the red bike got gift certificates for a free annual Divvy membership.  It's a similar deal...
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October 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Here's a confession: When I'm pedaling home on my Schwinn and I reach those semi-deserted stretches of Hubbard Street between Ashland and Damen avenues, I allow myself a little "Premium Rush" fantasy. I narrow my eyes and pump my legs even faster, and suddenly (completely in my head) I'm Joseph Gordon-Levitt, zigzagging through invisible traffic and flying around nonexistent curves. Thank God I'm wearing my helmet. If I were riding on a Divvy bike, it's unlikely I would be. As a cyclist, I'm generally a fan of the bike-share program that allows more Chicagoans and tourists access to an environmentally...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy...
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