Today’s Headlines

  • Ex-Metra CEO Speaking to RTA Today About Patronage Memo (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • Buffered Lanes Installed on Wells, Where Cyclist Was Killed in Dooring Crash (DNA)
  • Couple Ignores Rules Clearly Printed on Divvy Kiosk, Whines About “Hidden Fees” (DNA)
  • Edgewater Resident Pushing for “Edgewater Beachwalk” Boardwalk (DNA)
  • Driver Fatally Strikes Beloved Fairview Heights Resident on His Bike (Keating)
  • Motorcyclist From Oklahoma Killed in West Town Crash (Tribune)
  • Bond Denied for Man in Bedford Park Hit-and-Run (Sun-Times)
  • Teen Charged With Reckless Homicide in Racing Crash Out on Bond (Tribune)
  • Lawyer: Driver’s Inattention, Not Protected Bike Lane, Caused Crash (Kevenides)
  • Norwood Park Getting Pedestrian Improvements (DNA)
  • Wicker Park Residents Say No to (Sidewalk) Crack (DNA)
  • How to Avoid Being a Cycling, Uh, Dingbat (TinyFix)

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  • Fred

    The point is to discourage you from doing it. Its the same reason there is a limit to the amount of time you can put in a parking meter. You are unlikely to park in a spot all day if you have to put more money in every 2 hours; you are unlikely to take a bike out all day if you have to re-dock it every half hour. They do not want you to have a bike out all day. Fees and time limits discouraging taking a bike out all day. A gym that was constantly full and wanted to be able to serve more people would be smart to enact a policy like that; as long as the purpose was turnover.

    Think of Divvy like a taxi. They are great if you just want to go a short distance point-to-point, but you wouldn’t reserve a single taxi for an afternoon of shopping or to go to Milwaukee. Renting a car would be a better option for those purposes. Divvy bikes are great for short point-to-point trips, but you should find a longer term bike rental place if you want a bike for an afternoon. Divvy even provides a list of suggested vendors:

  • Anonymous

    Great, a product that’s as much fun as city parking meters…surely a recipe for success.

  • OK, let’s stop trying to convince bedhead1 that Divvy is a useful and fun service. bedhead1, I’ve got some extra passes that came with my deluxe membership, so if you ever want to actually try the system instead of just kvetching about it, drop me a line and I’ll send you the code for a free 24-hour membership.

  • Elliott Mason

    Unfortunately, the closest (currently planned) Divvy dock to my house will be at the Kimball brown line terminus, .9mi away from me (roughly Wilson/Pulaski). I could in theory ride the brown line to its end and try to take Divvy … somewhere … but it won’t get me home, as I’ll have to ride it back to return it.

    Hopefully in future expansions, the network will roll further out and I’ll actually be able to use it to, say, go to the library or as a last-mile fill-in to get me to the Brown or Blue lines.

  • Anonymous

    But John, that’s my point, with the ability to dock surf the 30 minute cap doesn’t do anything to help keep the bikes in circulation at all. At the end of 30 minutes, riders can just check into a dock and immediately check back out for another 30 minutes, so the bike never re-enters circulation for the rest of the customers. Are you really failing to see this?

    What the 30 minute limit does is discourage people to use the bikes at all, and that’s the only way it actually helps circulation. But that’s not a sustainable business model, because people are going to get sick of paying to use the bike for 24 hours and instead only using it for a few minutes, or having to dock surf which is a chore. The model is literally designed to make people not want to use the product. I fear that Divvy will get their wish.

    Plus, there have to be a lot of people who’d like to use the bikes for more than 30 minutes without the hassle of dock surfing or feeling like they’re getting nickel and dimed with extra fees. Why adopt a policy that discourages these people from using it? Nowhere does it say that the explicit purpose of Divvy is for “short trips.” Aren’t we trying to make this thing successful?

  • Anonymous

    Ha, thanks for the offer! Make no mistake, I LIKE Divvy. I truly want to see it thrive, which is why I think they should make some of these changes. I might rent a bike tomorrow actually, there’s a station near my office and I was thinking about testing it out during lunch.

  • The vast majority of users don’t know about dock surfing, so the time limit will work for keeping the bikes in circulation. The fact that bike-share with a 30-minute time limit has been wildly successful in D.C. proves this is a sustainable business model. Sure, there are people who would like to keep Divvy bikes for more than 30 minutes, but that’s not what the system is designed for. As clearly stated on the kiosk, if you want long-term bike rental, you may be better off going to a rental shop. Don’t worry about Divvy being successful. As shown by the ridership numbers, it already is.

  • Nope, that’s in line with the clearly posted fee structure. If you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime. If I keep an I-GO car all day and drive hundreds of miles, racking up a huge fee, does that make me a victim?

  • Do it, and let us know what you think.

  • Erik Swedlund

    The Chicago Bike Guide app (by Steven Vance) works without internet, and contains Divvy station locations.

  • Elliott Mason

    Unfortunately, I only have an Android device, not an iDevice.