Bike Share is coming! Bike Share is coming!
In a press release, the City of Chicago today announced the name of the service - Divvy Bike Share - along with a photo of one of the bikes. The release also provides a link to the Divvy website, though little additional information can be found there for the time being.
We do not know when Divvy is coming. At recent Mayor's Bike Advisory Council meetings CDOT representatives have expressed a hope that it will be up and running in mid-June-ish. Nothing more precise has been announced, and today's press release simply targets "Summer 2013."
Anyway, this is exciting stuff. "Divvy will give Chicagoans and visitors access to a bike when they want one, without having to worry about storage or maintenance," the release stated. "Divvy will provide a convenient, easy-to-use transit option available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is envisioned for short point-to-point trips, or as alternative option for a multi-mode commute. Users will pick up a bike from a self-service docking station and return it to any other station nearest their destination."
Whenever this thing starts, it will surely get more people not just riding bikes, but using bicycles as a tool for daily living. More bikes on the road means less car traffic, less pollution and hell, more fun too.