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.