Chicago signs Divvy deal to reduce bike rental fees

To help ease the burden of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, the City of Chicago has arranged a deal to reduce the cost of renting Divvy bikes.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced today that the cost of an annual Divvy membership would be reduced 50% — from $99 to $49.50 — in a press release outlining a number of items that Chicago is taking to provide financial relief for transportation.

The “steeply” discounted memberships are available through April 30, 2020.

Other two-wheeled measures include reducing the regular $3 cost of 30-minute Divvy bike rentals by 66%, which comes out to a dollar for a half hour.

“Chicago is committed to ensuring reliable and accessible transportation for every neighborhood and community,” said the Mayor, “We are taking every measure possible to provide the pricing support needed to keep our residents mobile and our city moving forward.” 

Divvy is also launching a 30-day program to give critical healthcare workers free bikeshare rides.

Signing the Divvy deal is just one of several actions that the city has undertaken to help Chicago through the pandemic. Others include delaying the collection of certain fines and fees, continuing to operate the CTA’s regular service schedule; and working to create a subsidy for the taxi industry.

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