More Divvy bikes have rolled onto campus in recent weeks, with three new stations outside the Regenstein Library, the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons, and Gerald Ratner Athletics Center. All three stations were installed on April 17.
Divvy is a Chicago bike-sharing company with 3,000 bikes in total at over 300 stations across the city. Prior to the new installations, Hyde Park already had six Divvy bike stations, including those at Kimbark Plaza and Promontory Point. Stations were also added in other areas of Hyde Park like Harper Court, the 59th Street Metra station, the Museum of Science and Industry, East 51st Street and South Cornell Avenue, and East 53rd Street and South Ellis Avenue.
Installment of the additional stations comes as a substitute for the former University- sponsored bike-sharing program known as Recycles. Recycles had two stations on the UChicago campus, at the Logan Center and Ratner. The Office of Sustainability had to cut the program, however, due to consistent software problems.
Divvy will be offering discounts for the UChicago community. As opposed to the normal rate of $75 a year, students will be able to acquire Divvy memberships for $55 annually. Faculty and staff of the University and Medical Center are eligible for $65 annual memberships.
The bikes are available day and night, but Divvy annual memberships will only cover the first 30 minutes of any ride. Overtime fees will apply to rides exceeding that length.