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Chicago bike sharing will be known as Divvy, be Chicago flag blue

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Are any local Chainlinkers thinking of getting a membership?

I occasionally find myself on the bus where "the last mile" would require changing buses with all the waiting involved.  I am thinking this may be useful for situations like that.

Any thoughts?

Excited to see it getting started.  I'm a little confused on the charging:

"Bike-sharing memberships are scheduled to go on sale in mid-May, officials said. Yearly memberships will cost $75, and daily passes will be sold for $7. Both will allow for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each. Hourly rental fees will apply after the initial 30 minutes."

Unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each?  What's that? 

I can think of plenty of "last mile" situations and downtown/near-downtown errands that would be easier with bike share. I'll definitely be getting a membership.

It means that any trip up to 30 minutes incurs no additional cost on top of the membership fee.  You can take as many of those less-than-30-minute trips as you want with no additional costs.

Mike Weez said:

Excited to see it getting started.  I'm a little confused on the charging:

"Bike-sharing memberships are scheduled to go on sale in mid-May, officials said. Yearly memberships will cost $75, and daily passes will be sold for $7. Both will allow for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each. Hourly rental fees will apply after the initial 30 minutes."

Unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each?  What's that? 

I think that the whole system is designed around increasing short trips. From the bike design (slow but comfortable), to the locations of the stations themselves (less than a mile between stations).

This is not a bike you want to ride to the botanic garden for a day-trip.

Mike Weez said:

Excited to see it getting started.  I'm a little confused on the charging:

"Bike-sharing memberships are scheduled to go on sale in mid-May, officials said. Yearly memberships will cost $75, and daily passes will be sold for $7. Both will allow for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each. Hourly rental fees will apply after the initial 30 minutes."

Unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each?  What's that? 

Is it known yet, whether the membership is tied to a person? Mrs. Duppie and I share credit cards. Could we both use it on one membership (not simultaneously of course)?

nice to see this finally get off the ground

Definitely getting a membership. I expect to use it primarily as a "last mile" for 'L' trips. Living off of the Blue Line, there are large parts of downtown that'll be much easier to get to...

Duppie 13.5185km said:

Are any local Chainlinkers thinking of getting a membership?

I occasionally find myself on the bus where "the last mile" would require changing buses with all the waiting involved.  I am thinking this may be useful for situations like that.

Any thoughts?

I'll definitely be getting a membership. There are plenty of times where I want to bike to work in the morning, but need to catch a train to the 'burbs or wherever in the afternoon. Plus, rides to the Blue Line to the airport will be better than catching a Belmont bus.

"Divvy", though? I don't get the name. Can anyone explain it to me?

div·vy
(dv) Slang

tr.v. div·vied, div·vy·ing, div·vies
To divide. Often used with up: divvied up the loot.
n. pl. div·vies
A share or portion.

It means "to divide or share." You've got a good vocabulary Adam, so I'm guessing if this confused you it will stump a lot of Chicagoans.

Thanks Anne


Anne Alt said:

It means that any trip up to 30 minutes incurs no additional cost on top of the membership fee.  You can take as many of those less-than-30-minute trips as you want with no additional costs.

Mike Weez said:

Excited to see it getting started.  I'm a little confused on the charging:

"Bike-sharing memberships are scheduled to go on sale in mid-May, officials said. Yearly memberships will cost $75, and daily passes will be sold for $7. Both will allow for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each. Hourly rental fees will apply after the initial 30 minutes."

Unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each?  What's that? 

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