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A Divvy bike statiMichigan Avenue Wacker Drive | Mike Thomas~Sun-Times

A Divvy bike station at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive | Mike Thomas~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 2, 2013 11:24AM



The city’s Divvy bike-share program will operate during the winter — though with fewer bikes, city officials said Tuesday.

The 300 Divvy stations expected to be in operation by the end of the month will be open throughout the winter, “although the bike fleet will be reduced to match anticipated ridership,’’ Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Tuesday in a news release.

How many of Divvy’s 3,000 bikes will be available in winter was not specified.

To battle the elements, Divvy teams will circle the city in blue vans loaded with shovels, brooms and salt from 6 a.m. to midnight every day to keep Divvy stations clear of snow and ice, officials said.

In “very extreme” weather, Divvy may temporarily close the system, allowing riders to return but not check out the bikes. In such cases, Divvy will alert the public by news release, social media and the CycleFinder app on iPhones and Androids, city officials said.

Nearly 11,000 annual Divvy members will be notified by email if the bikes aren’t available.

Divvy allows users to purchase a $7 one-day pass for an unlimited number of 30-minute rides over a 24-hour period, as long as bikes are returned to a Divvy station. Annual members enjoy an unlimited number of 30-minute trips for $75 a year.

In the four months since its launch, Divvy has provided more than 600,000 trips to riders who traveled more than 1.5 million miles, city officials said. Next year it is scheduled to add at least 100 stations.

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