Divvy bikes ready for warmer weather

Chicago's bike sharing program, Divvy.

April 10, 2014 11:22:03 AM PDT
Divvy, Chicago's bike share system, has released 700 bikes from winter storage back into its 300 stations in preparation for spring and summer riders.

Due to the program's success in its first 9 months, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared April 21-27 "Divvy Week" throughout Chicago. During this time, all 24-hour passes ? normally priced at $7 - will be reduced to $5. Residents who sign up for annual memberships will also be rewarded with gift cards and other discounts, according to a release.

"This spring and summer, we expect even more Chicagoans and visitors to start using bike sharing as a transit option for getting around the city," Emanuel said in a release. "Divvy has already been a great success, and with the improved weather comes the chance for more of us to get outside and ride a bike."

The program had 1,800 bikes available during the winter season, which will increase to 2,500 during warmer months.

In its first 9 months of operation, riders took more than 900,000 trips on Divvy bikes, passing 2 million miles as of Wednesday. The program launched on June 28, 2013.