It's biker season! But even if you don't own a bike you can still get two-wheeling with Divvy, the Chicago Department of Transportation’s bike sharing system. With kiosks located next to bars, restaurants, gyms and hundreds of other locations around the city, it's easy to rent a bike and hit the streets. And with Chicago being one of the most bike-friendly cities in America there's no shortage of trails to make your own adventure.
While the business relies mostly on members who pay an annual fee, you can also rent the bikes for 24 hours (365 days a year). Keep in mind the service is ideal for rides 30 minutes or less and does charge overage fees. It works like this:
1. Find a kiosk location at www.divvybikes.com/stations.
2. Using the touch screen, buy a single ride (up to 30 minutes) for $3 or a 24-hour pass (unlimited 3-hour rides) for $15 with a debit or credit card . Once confirmed, the machine will print a receipt with your ride code.
3. Unlock a bike by entering your ride code.
4. Went over the 30-minute limit? It's okay! It's just $3 for each additional 30 minutes (tip: use the app to easily reload funds). For short trips, fresh air and an interactive way to see the city, it beats being stuck in traffic in the back seat of a cab.
5. When you're done, simply check in your bike at any nearby kiosk.