Divvy, the taxpayer-funded bike sharing system, has installed new stations in Austin and West Garfield Park. The station expansions are part of a more comprehensive effort by the bike sharing system to penetrate low- and moderate-income, largely minority communities on the city’s South and West Sides.
In addition to installing new stations, the system has also implemented a Divvy for Everyone (D4E) program “to address financial barriers and increase access” to the bikes, according to a Divvy statement.
A 24-hour pass to ride the bikes is $9.95 and an annual membership is $9.95 per month, with a one-year commitment. Participants eligible for the D4E program, however, only pay a one-time $5 annual membership. No credit card is required and the program is only open to first-time Divvy members and Chicago residents.
An individual qualifies if his or her income is less than $35,310 a year. The qualifying income for a family of four is less than $72,750 a year. West Siders interested in the program can sign up at Central States SER, 10 S. Kedzie.
For a map of West Side Divvy stations, click here.