Divvy Bike-Share Registration Opens at Noon, Station Map Released

Large, green icons represent the 75 stations in Phase 1. View in a larger map.

Chicagoans can sign up for “founding” Divvy bike sharing memberships at two levels starting today at noon. Only 4,000 founding level memberships will be available. The “Pedal” founding membership, for $75, includes a limited edition “Founding Member” black key (regular members’ keys will be Divvy blue). A commercial was published this morning that advertises Divvy and the founding member black key.

The  “Gear” founding membership, for $125, comes with these perks:

  • The same limited edition “Founding Member” black key
  • Five 24-hour passes to share with friends and family (a $35 value)
  • A black Divvy t-shirt in any size
  • Entrance into lottery to participate in official launch at the Bike to Work Week Rally on Friday, June 14
According to marketing manager Elliot Greenberger, a majority of the 75 stations in Phase 1 will launch simultaneously and future phased stations will open individually, as they’re ready.

Divvy published a bike sharing station location map on its website. Our map shows the different phasing, listed below:

  • Phase 1: 75 stations, 1,413 docks, average of 18 docks per station, June 14, 2013
  • Phase 2: 100, by June – August
  • Phase 3: 64, by June – August
  • Phase 4: 54, by June – August
  • Phase 5: 87 (380 stations total, but 400 stations will eventually be installed), by June 2014

The city has not yet released the capacity of all the planned docking stations. Phase 1 includes a handful of stations outside of downtown. The stations farthest from the Loop include the Damen Blue Line station, 18th and Racine in Pilsen (next to Irv’s Bike Shop), McCormick Place, the Diversey Brown Line station, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Metra’s Clybourn Station (the Metra station with the highest number of reported bike thefts). The largest Phase 1 station will be at Union Station at Canal Street and Jackson Boulevard with 35 docks.

Cartographers can design their own maps with the data in our Fusion Table, or the JSON data straight from the Divvy website.

Kevin checks out a Divvy bike
Streetsblog contributor Kevin Zolkiewicz tries out a Divvy bike at Sunday's Bike the Drive.
  • Guest

    Both stations near my work and apartment are in phase 2. I believe that will be rolled out by the end of the summer?

  • Phase 2 should be installed in June or August.

  • Adam Herstein

    Can’t wait until noon! Too bad there’s no way to get the founding membership with the T-shirt, but without the 5 guest passes. Also, I would trade them for a Divvy-branded cycling cap.

  • Fred

    I originally thought I wasn’t interested in Divvy because I already own 2 bikes, but it appears that there’s going to be a station at the end of my block and one down the block from my work in phase 1. Currently I either walk to work or ride my own bike, but I prefer not to ride in the rain so any day there is a chance of rain (like today) I end up walking to work even if it is not raining in the morning. Divvy would give me the flexibility to bike one way. On Fridays I usually Water Taxi in and Divvy would allow me to then bike home.

  • Whereas I like the guest passes a lot, but could give a flying fig about a t-shirt (have too many I don’t wear already) or ‘being in the official launch’; I can’t go anyway, so why bother with a raffle ticket. That means I’d be paying an extra $50 for about $35/worth of value.

  • Fred

    I can’t seem to find on the website; is membership sharing allowed? Would my fiancee and I both need one, or can we share as long as only one of us is using it at a time. I assume there is a one-bike-at-a-time limit… sort of like what Netflix does so that one person on the planet doesn’t get a membership then post their login online for the whole world to use. Are there going to be discounts for multi-member households, maybe a family pack type deal?

  • These are my presumptive answers.

    1. I don’t believe the Terms of Service allow for membership sharing.

    2. There is likely a one-bike-at-a-time limit. Checking out a bike requires a physical key so if this were allowed, you’d have to be present.

    3. I don’t believe any other city offers a multi-membership discount.

  • Fred

    1. I figured as much

    2. According to the site “Unlock an available bike using your unlocking code or member key.” so physical key is not required

    3. Lame

  • You can read the Terms of Service here: https://divvybikes.com/user-agreement

    Cool that you don’t need the key.

  • Guest

    ouch!! phase 5 is not until next year?? the whole south side including hyde park is phase 5..

  • Ryan Wallace

    You must not allow others to use a Divvy bicycle that You have removed from a Bike Dock. You understand that when You remove a Divvy bicycle from a Bike Dock, the Divvy bicycle must be used only by You. You must not transfer Your system key, 7-digit code on the system key, or any other unique Member information to any other person.

  • It’s possible it could be installed in 2013. The information I got was “within a year”.

  • Ryan Wallace

    What does “June/August” even mean? They aren’t even adjacent months. How is it that Phases 2/3/4 all have the same time frame (i.e. does that even make them distinct phases)? Is it even safe to say that all bikes in Phases 1-4 will be installed by the end of August?? I AM WAY TO EXCITED TO WAIT FOR THIS!!

  • Fred

    So a one day pass is good for 24 hours. What exactly does that mean? If I take out a bike at 23:50, and return it 24:10, is it still a free ride? It doesn’t necessarily sound like a common scenario, but if I get a one day pass in the morning before work, then leave the house 10 minutes earlier the following day, my 1 day pass is still good. You could theoretically get 1.5 days of commuting out of a single day pass. As someone weighing annual membership vs pay-as-you-go this makes a difference.

  • That’s a good question and I’d tweet or email Divvy to ask them. I’m hoping it’d be like the CTA day pass where you get 24 hours from the first use.

  • Thanks for point this out. Brain fart. It should say June through August, or “by the end of August”. I’ve corrected it.

    If they are all installed by August, then that makes it seem that phases 2-4 are irrelevant. The phase column in the data could be used purely for internal organizing.

  • I’m pretty sure this is the case. You get 24 hours starting the first time you check out a bike.

    The $125 Founding Member level gives you 5 24-hour passes, so it seems that you can buy them ahead of time and activate them later.

  • Fred

    Sorry, it appears that my wording was unclear. My question was not about the difference in time between purchasing and then activating it, my question was meant to be about rolling over the 24 hour mark.

    For example:
    Monday morning I arrive at the bike station, I buy a 1 day pass, get a bike at 7:30am and ride 20 minutes to work. Tuesday morning I arrive at the same bike station at 7:25am, get a bike using my same 24 hour pass, ride the bike to the dock by my work at 7:45am, or 24 hours and 15 minutes after my 24hour pass was activated. Is my Tuesday morning commute free or not? I hope and assume yes.

  • Huh. Interesting scenario, I’d just ask. Maybe it is still like the CTA where as long as you start your journey within 24 hours, it’s still valid.

  • Having it like the CTA would be the best scenario.

  • No reason it wouldnt work, as the machine will recognize the code you put in….assuming the machine clock is synched properly.

  • I’m a little disappointed that no stations are coming to Andersonville until the last stage, especially considering the lack of good transit in the area. Putting one at the nearby red/brown line stations and then a few along Clark would’ve been a good idea. There also aren’t really any *in* Andersonville. I guess that makes sense when you can’t remove parking spaces without paying; the sidewalks there are already a bit narrow.
    I was just in NY and got to see their stations, in former parking spaces, angled to the street, out of most pedestrian space. Interesting to see what happens when a mayor actually cares about the city a few months before he leaves office…

  • Yeah, rather than selling off all the city’s parking meters to patch his own budget gap a few months before leaving office!

  • Bruce

    So the vast, vast majority of south side stations are phase 5, which means they won’t be installed for one more year.

  • It could be sooner, but they’re definitely supposed to be in within a year.

  • Anonymous

    Same here, one at the end of my block in phase 3 or a 5 minute walk to a phase 1 station. Now I can ride to a bar then taxi, bus or walk home!! No more drunk cycling! Wait… :/… :)

  • Yes, if only the same kind of option was available for drivers! Actually in some cities like L.A. there are services where a guy on a folding motor scooter will meet you at the bar or party, throw the cotter in your trunk and drive you home. Anyone know if something like that exists in Chicago nowadays?

  • Anonymous

    Really though, 7,000 taxis in this city, nobody has an excuse to drive OR bike drunk but the latter is preferred. I say that as Ukie Village is already flooded with extra cars for Do Division, which is always a drunken mess at night.

  • Anonymous

    The pricing structure just doesn’t make any sense to me. Should be at least 60-90 minutes to start. Then it would make sense for someone who would be interested in this to begin with, who doesn’t already own a bike (which is an increasingly small number of people).

    I just know that I wouldn’t be able to cycle 10-20 city blocks to shop, and back, in 30 minutes. So then my annual pass starts costing me more.

    As someone who has spent considerable time in Amsterdam, the best bike city in the world, I think they should have just copied that. No reason not to.

    The base rate in Amsterdam is 4 hours for around $10. Plenty of time for a local to not incur late fees, and plenty of time for the tourist to take a short trip to see something.

    And of course they make extended rentals for tourists specifically, far easier. Give you payment info and license or passport info and pay when you return it. I once kept mine for two weeks. Those rentals are actually done at small storefronts where they repair/service the bikes.

    Of course this was in a city that has more bikes than people…

  • Elliott Mason

    Four-hour rental windows would be a nightmare for the bike-share company, though, especially in the beginning periods where they’re still ironing out the kinks: imagine, they have NO IDEA where that bike is for hours and hours. If it’s supposed to be back in 30 or less, they get check-ins regularly and can send employees to move them around to where people want to check them out from, take account of demand, etc.

    I agree, most of the places I’d want to bike are more than half an hour’s biking away (for me — I’m sloooooow! 30 min of my biking is about 3.5mi), so 30min makes no sense for me, but you and I are clearly not the desired initial ‘target customers’ for this plan. I bet they’re aiming mostly at people (a) who already bike a lot who (b) come into the city on Metra ALL THE FREAKING TIME and would love a bike to take them the last mile or mile-and-a-half.

    Of course, in my case, my neighborhood won’t get any Divvy stations until Phase 5 anyway (and then only barely — a good 10-min walk from my house), so my interest in them is kind of academic. Or maybe if I’m going downtown and want to bike AFTER getting off the train? Anyhow.

  • “I just know that I wouldn’t be able to cycle 10-20 city blocks to shop, and back, in 30 minutes.”

    Actually, Divvy isn’t intended to be used that way. They don’t provide a lock so, unless you bring your own, the only place you can safely park the bikes is docking stations, so you’re not supposed to be shopping while your bike is still checked out.

    Instead, you pick up a bike from a docking station near your house, bike to another docking station near the store, and dock the bike. After you’re done shopping (take as long as you like), pick up another bike from the station near the store, ride to the station near your house, dock it, and walk home.

    So, as long as you can pedal 10-20 city blocks in a half hour (that’s 2.5-5 MPH, slow walking or jogging speed), don’t fear the late fees.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I am clueless and didn’t know this was even launching until I saw the docks today and went to look up information online!

    I’m confused about the 24 hour/30 minute pass. It’s good for 24 hours, but you can only ride for 30 minutes at a time? How is that “unlimited”, then? What do you have to do, every 30 minutes you must find a docking station, put one bike back and take another? Do you have to insert your credit card each time so you’re not charged again?

    I was curious about the idea, but then I saw the 30 minute limit. You can barely do anything in 30 minutes, especially downtown!

    Also, what happened to the other bike share system that I saw near Lake Shore Drive? I wish I could remember the name. I never got to use it, but I do remember there were bikes for rental, I think around Buckingham Fountain.

    The really big question is who is paying for all of this. The city and state are broke and asking me for MORE tax revenue as I struggle to pay them while being employed barely part time. Yet we have money for major new (and some would say unnecessary) projects like this? Remarkable.

  • Mo86, all you’re expected to do within 30 minutes is one leg of your trip. 10 mph is a moderate bike speed for most people, so that’s five miles. Say you want to eat lunch two miles away from your office. You check out a bike near your office, ride for ten minutes, and then dock the bike at a station near the restaurant. Eat lunch for as long as you like, then check out another bike, ride back to your office and dock the bike.

    You can do as many 30-minutes-or-less trips as you like with a one-day pass or annual membership. You can even do longer trips without late fees by swapping bikes at stations every half hour. However, if you want to go for a multi-hour cruise, you’re better off renting from a place like Bike Chicago or Bobby’s Bike Hike.

    B-cycle, the mini bike-share system with about 100 bikes, was mostly geared towards tourist rentals and is now defunct.

    The start-up cost for the system is $22 million, mostly federal transportation grants with about $4 million in local funds. It’s a bargain when you consider that the destructive Circle Interchange Expansion project is going to cost about 20 times as much. Once the system is up and running, it will be easier to comprehend how it works and understand why it’s a valuable addition to the transportation network.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, thanks.

  • Is there updated and/or more specific date information for the stations? The Divvy site is totally unhelpful, simply showing all future stations as “coming soon.” I want to know when there will be stations open north of Fullerton. I do not want to start my annual membership if the wait for stations near my home will be months long. I figure you guys know everything… :)

  • I’ll look into this.

  • JB



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