Can I just say…how great is Divvy Bikes? On my Divvy commute last Wednesday, I ran into and chatted with Sean Wiedel from Chicago Dept. of Transportation, saw Aaron Koch from Chicago Dept. of Water Management on Divvy in the Dearborn Bike Lane and spied a woman riding the coveted red Divvy!
There’s been no shortage of Divvy love in the news recently, but I can’t help but join the chorus. Divvy—along with other recent bicycle infrastructure investments in Chicago, like the Dearborn Street two-way bike lane and repaving of heavily cycled Wells Street—has completely changed my bicycling life.
I was once a pretty casual, fair-weather cyclist. I own a trusty hybrid commuter bike and, particularly after I started working at Metropolitan Planning Council (which provides secure indoor bike parking and showers), I rode to work once or twice a week in the summer. Often, though, any little excuse would keep me from bike commuting: It might rain later! I need to be presentable for a 9 a.m. meeting! It’s too hot! I have plans after work and I don’t want to drag my bike around! Even though I liked riding, the hassle frequently kept me from doing it.
Then came Divvy. I’d been eagerly awaiting bike share in Chicago since I wrote about it for Talking Transit as an MPC research assistant a couple years ago. As soon as they announced the launch, I suggested MPC sign us up for a corporate membership. I got my key fob in the mail on July 5 (part of why I bothered to go into the office the day after July 4 was to pick it up!), took a test ride that afternoon and haven’t looked back.