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November 13, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
It's pretty obvious that Divvy bikes have taken over Chicago. Here's a breakdown by the numbers of Divvy's success. All data through Nov. 6, provided by Divvy. 11,026 As of Nov. 7, Divvy totaled 11,026 annual members. 649,053 There have been 649,053 trips taken so far. 1,598,005 That amounts to an estimated 1,598,005 miles traveled, 68,714,215 calories burned and 1,070,663 pounds of carbon offset. 300 Divvy currently has 300 stations with 4,996 total bike docks.
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May 29, 2014 | Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter
Dear Divvy, I think it's time we talked about our relationship. Wait, don't freak out, I'm not breaking up with you. It's just that Chicago Bike Week marked our four-month anniversary. As with any healthy partnership, sometimes it's good to take a step back and evaluate things. I remember being skeptical about you last year. A bike-sharing program administered by the city sound like another expensive boondoggle, much like ... well, don't get me started on parking meters. I also figured Chicagoans who want to pedal around the city already own a bike, and tourists would stick to goofy Segway...
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May 28, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
As the Divvy bike-share program experiences record ridership numbers, the city is testing a valet service at crowded hot spots. This service was deployed Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at three popular Divvy locations: Theater on the Lake at Fullerton Avenue, Michigan Avenue and Oak Street, and Illinois Street by the lakefront, Divvy spokesman Elliot Greenberger said. The city is looking at adding valet service at Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue in the future. How it works: A Divvy valet stands at the those stations, and if the station becomes full, the valet removes bikes and sets them up in...
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May 28, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
As the Divvy bike-share program experiences record ridership numbers, the city is testing a valet service at crowded hot spots. This service was deployed Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at three popular Divvy locations: Theater on the Lake at Fullerton Avenue, Michigan Avenue and Oak Street, and Illinois Street by the lakefront, Divvy spokesman Elliot Greenberger said. The city is looking at adding valet service at Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue in the future. How it works: A Divvy valet stands at the those stations, and if the station becomes full, the valet removes bikes and sets them up in...
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May 29, 2014 | Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter
Dear Divvy, I think it's time we talked about our relationship. Wait, don't freak out, I'm not breaking up with you. It's just that Chicago Bike Week marked our four-month anniversary. As with any healthy partnership, sometimes it's good to take a step back and evaluate things. I remember being skeptical about you last year. A bike-sharing program administered by the city sound like another expensive boondoggle, much like ... well, don't get me started on parking meters. I also figured Chicagoans who want to pedal around the city already own a bike, and tourists would stick to goofy Segway...
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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 with the...
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November 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
There are no signs or banners on this nondescript industrial warehouse in West Town to indicate that the 18,000-square-foot structure is headquarters for what could soon become the largest commuter cycling system in the country. "It's intentional," Divvy Deputy General Manager Elliot Greenberger said. "We're off the radar. " Light blue paint is still fresh on the walls at the command center for Divvy, the bike-sharing program the city launched five months ago. Much of the office furniture consists of folding tables and chairs.
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January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Need a Divvy bike this afternoon to get around the snowy streets? You'll have to wait a while. Divvy closed at noon for Chicagoans wishing to rent a bike, but bikes can still be returned to sharing stations, according to an announcement on the service's Tumblr site, http://divvybikes.tumblr.com/ . A reopening time was not announced. Divvy said the closure was made to “protect the safety of our members and staff.” The announcement also noted the service logged nearly 45,000 trips in December.
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January 3, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy plans to reopen its bike sharing system at noon Saturday after the snowstorm shuttered the operation. According to its website, Divvy said Saturday's noon reopening is subject to weather conditions.  Divvy had closed the system at noon Tuesday because of the weather and it has remained closed since.  " While we know the closure meant interrupting some riders' regular routines using Divvy, we felt it was necessary due to the snowy conditions of the roads and stations," Divvy said in a note posted on its website.  This is the first time Divvy...
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January 8, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy plans to reopen its bike sharing system Thursday, Jan. 9 after being closed since Sunday.  Divvy said it remained closed Wednesday despite "less extreme" temperatures, while crews dig out stations from the snow and perform maintenance.  "As you saw this past week, even Chicago transit systems that have been around for decades have been challenged by this extreme weather," a statement posted to Divvy's Tumblr reads. "As the city's newest transit system, we'll try to minimize the time that Divvy is closed.
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April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When Annie Byrne and Vanessa Buccella met on a cycling team in 2012, both wondered why the sport often seemed skewed toward men.  To attract more women to cycling, they started a meet-up group for female riders, with the tagline "A Cycling Community Geared for Women," that morphed into the idea to open a bike shop in the same vein. Now their female-focused bike shop, BFF Bikes, the first of its kind in Chicago, is the latest addition to a field of local cycling organizations geared toward getting women more involved in the sport.
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March 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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February 11, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy's data is now anyone's to develop.  Chicago's bike share provider announced Tuesday  that for the first time, trip-by-trip data for about 750,000 rides taken last year is available to the public. Along with the release of the downloadable data, the company issued a challenge to "scientists, programmers and developers" to analyze the data and find ways to present it visually.  "We're interested in infographics, maps, images, animations or websites that can help answer questions and reveal...
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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 group, said riding in...
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January 8, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy plans to reopen its bike sharing system Thursday, Jan. 9 after being closed since Sunday.  Divvy said it remained closed Wednesday despite "less extreme" temperatures, while crews dig out stations from the snow and perform maintenance.  "As you saw this past week, even Chicago transit systems that have been around for decades have been challenged by this extreme weather," a statement posted to Divvy's Tumblr reads. "As the city's newest transit system, we'll try to minimize the time that Divvy is...
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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 retrieved from another station.
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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 daily passes and 11,500 annual memberships sold.
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February 11, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy's data is now anyone's to develop.  Chicago's bike share provider announced Tuesday  that for the first time, trip-by-trip data for about 750,000 rides taken last year is available to the public. Along with the release of the downloadable data, the company issued a challenge to "scientists, programmers and developers" to analyze the data and find ways to present it visually.  "We're interested in infographics, maps, images, animations or websites that can help answer questions and reveal patterns in...
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Divvy plans to reopen its bike sharing system at noon Saturday after the snowstorm shuttered the operation. According to its website, Divvy said Saturday's noon reopening is subject to weather conditions.  Divvy had closed the system at noon Tuesday because of the weather and it has remained closed since.  " While we know the closure meant interrupting some riders' regular routines using Divvy, we felt it was necessary due to the snowy conditions of the roads and stations," Divvy said in a note posted on its website.  This is the first time Divvy has made the...
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January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Need a Divvy bike this afternoon to get around the snowy streets? You'll have to wait a while. Divvy closed at noon for Chicagoans wishing to rent a bike, but bikes can still be returned to sharing stations, according to an announcement on the service's Tumblr site, http://divvybikes.tumblr.com/ . A reopening time was not announced. Divvy said the closure was made to “protect the safety of our members and staff.” The announcement also noted the service logged nearly 45,000 trips in December.
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