Divvy launches new ride options

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

If you don’t already use Chicago’s rentable blue bikes for your daily commute, or for easy transportation to any outing, you may want to start. As the weather starts to warm up, the Divvy bike share system has launched new fare pricing options and benefits for riders.

Divvy announced their new offers on Feb. 1 with the slogan, “Divvy just got better.” The offers include a “Single Ride” pass and an “Explorer Pass.”

The “Single Ride” option will run for the bikeshare’s lowest price yet, just $3. In a monthly memo, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said the single ride option “will help commuters quickly get around town and enable Chicago residents to easily try the system before committing to an annual membership.”

The $3 ride will give riders a 30-minute window to bike to or from any of the city’s570 Divvy stations.

Another new option is the “Explorer Pass.” For $15, this pass gives riders access to a bike for three hours within a 24-hour period. This option will give riders a chance to see more of the city, at a more leisurely pace.

“From a trip down the 606 to the full lakefront trail, beautiful bike rides around Chicago are easier than ever,” Ald. Rielly said. On its website, Divvy suggests this as the perfect option for Chicago visitors.

As with all new things, old things must go. If you’ve been a fan of the standard 24-hour pass $9.95, it is no longer offered. If you go over your time limit, you’ll be subject to Divvy’s new standardized overage fee of $3 for every 30 minutes. But if you’re an annual Divvy member, you will immediately have access to 45 minutes per ride, rather than 30 minutes, at no additional cost. Annual memberships cost $99 per year and include unlimited 45-minute rides. This option is also offered with monthly payments of $9.95.

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