Thursday, September 3, 2015

Free Divvy- Next 3 Saturdays!

 I've been using Divvy, Chicago's bike-sharing system for the last couple of months.  It's a pretty good way to get a little extra exercise as I travel.  Because I'm close to the bike path, taking a divvy is usually just as fast (and sometimes faster) than taking a train or bus.    I bought the annual membership ($75, and even a little cheaper if you have Blue Cross)

Divvy has a couple of drawbacks-- the bikes are okay, but not very fast (they are 3 speed bikes, and the third gear is not as fast as I would like)

The other drawback is that they limit you to 30 minute rides (well, after 30 minutes you have to pay a fee.  You can return the bike to a station and take it out for another 30 minutes, but it's incovenient.  I'd love to have it for 45 minutes or an hour for free.  (I'd even pay an upgrade.)

All that not withstanding, Divvy is my favorite way to get around the city on a nice day.

If you'd like to try out Divvy yourself for free, now's your chance!  For the next three Saturdays – September 5, 12, and 19 – Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing system, is teaming up with T-Mobile to offer free 24-hour passes to any Chicago resident or visitor at all 475 Divvy stations!

On September 5th, 12th, and 19th, riders can simply walk up to any Divvy station, select “Get a Ride” and follow the prompts on the screen. The 24-Hour Pass, regularly $9.95, will cost nothing, thanks to T-Mobile, when purchased on any of these three days.

A credit or debit card is required as usage fees still will apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Riders can choose to take multiple rides during the 24-hour period simply by going to the kiosk and selecting “Request a New Ride Code”.

For video instructions on how to access the free rides, Chicagoans and visitors can go to

To accommodate the expected increase in ridership, they will be boosting their Valet Service with our ambassadors at select "hotspot" locations. Valet Service is designed to guarantee you a space to dock your bike, even at the busiest stations, and to help riders learn more about the bike share system.

Valet Service will be at the following stations between 12-6pm on each Saturday:
Millennium Park
Theater on the Lake
Lake Shore Dr & Monroe St
Streeter Dr & Illinois St
Lake Shore Dr & North Ave
Michigan Ave & Oak St
Montrose Harbor
Shedd Aquarium
Indiana Ave & Roosevelt Rd
Adler Planetarium
Clark St & Armitage Ave
Lake Shore Dr & Ohio St
Buckingham Fountain

Station locations and real-time bike and dock availability can be viewed at or by downloading the free “CycleFinder” app for iPhone or Android devices.

For more information, visit

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