Evanston is First Suburb to Welcome Divvy

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Divvy is making its debut in the Chicago suburbs this weekend, and Evanston is the first receiver.

The bike-sharing company began installing stations in Evanston Wednesday; once complete, the northern suburb will have 10 stations, each with 10 bikes. The stations go live as soon as they are installed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Divvy locations include Evanston Township High School, Northwestern University’s campus, downtown Evanston and by train stops. Information on station locations can be found at DivvyBikes.com/Evanston.

“I’m excited to welcome the Divvy Bike Share program to Evanston,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in a statement June 22. “Divvy provides community members and visitors access to an easy, healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly way to complete their last mile of travel or an option for quick trips around town.”

In addition to Evanston, Divvy is expanding to Oak Park, opening 13 stations soon. There will also be 85 new stations in Chicago this summer.

As an introduction to the community, Divvy is hosting a two-mile free Evanston community ride Friday afternoon. The ride will begin at noon, departing from Fountain Square, and will end at 1:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, there is only room for 20 riders, so aspiring participators are required to fill out a waiver prior to the ride. The city is also encouraging riders to reserve their bike at downtownevanston.org.

Soon, the city of Evanston will announce discount codes for residents who can save up to $100 on the annual Divvy fee.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.