Divvy bikes gaining ground in Chicago

July 12, 2013 (CHICAGO)

That's equivalent of pedaling around the earth three and a half times. Also, people have used the rental bikes on 25,000 trips, the city said.

There are currently 70 Divvy bike sharing stations with 700 bikes in Chicago neighborhoods. That will expand this summer, and by next spring, Divvy will be in 400 neighborhood locations with 4,000 bikes across Chicago.

"In just two weeks, Divvy has made a significant impact on the way people move around Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Divvy stations have touchscreen kiosks and a docking system that releases bikes through a member key or ride code. Memberships are $75 a year; 24 hour passes are just $7. More than 2,500 people have signed up for the annual membership, available at DivvyBikes.com.

"Divvy" reflects the nature of bicyclists to "divide and share" the use of bikes.

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