Divvy to Serve Chicago Transit Needs 365 Days a Year

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - BusinessDivvy, Chicago’s newest transit system, will continue to be available to Chicago riders throughout winter at 300 active stations, although the bike fleet will be reduced to match anticipated ridership.

Snow removal will become part of the daily responsibilities of Divvy rebalancing teams, technicians, and station cleaners.  The teams circle the city in blue vans from 6 a.m. to Midnight every day.  Vans will be loaded with shovels, brooms and salt to keep stations clear of snow and ice. 

As a safety matter in very extreme weather, Divvy may choose to temporarily close the system, only after alerting the public via press release, social media and the CycleFinder app on iPhone and Android.  Emails will also be sent to Annual Members.  In an instance of a temporary halt to operations, riders will be able to return bikes to all stations securely, but will not be able to take bikes out.

To educate Chicagoans about biking in cold weather, Divvy is launching an online campaign called #DIVVYON, intended to reflect the fact that Divvy will continue through winter as well as the resilient spirit of Chicagoans.

Chicagoans are asked to snap photos that capture what it means to #DIVVYON through cold weather and post it to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #DIVVYON.  The best photos will be highlighted on the Divvy homepage. 

Chicagoans can find out more about the system at www.DivvyBikes.com or through social media on Twitter at @DivvyBikes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DivvyBikes.

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