Map Unveiled of Chicago Bike Sharing Locations

First phase of city's bike sharing program to launch in June

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    Divvy releases initial list of Chicago bike share locations. (Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013)

    Chicago's new bike-sharing program took a significant step Tuesday by sharing with potential riders where their bikes will live. 

    Divvy, the company behind the service, released a map of the bicycle docking stations that will be set up when the program launches next month, plus, additional locations that will be set up in the future.

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    Recently, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to roll out a new bike sharing program this June, offering 4,000 three-speed cruisers at kiosks at Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and various downtown CTA stations.The bikes debuted at Bike the Drive Sunday, with many receiving their inaugural rides along LSD. (Published Sunday, May 26, 2013)

    Solar-powered kiosks will be located at the docking stations, which will allow users to pay for access to any one of the three-speed cruiser bicycles. Users will also be able to pay via smartphone.

    Seventy-five docking stations will be available at launch, scheduled for mid-June, and 300 will be in place later this summer with a goal of expanding to 400 next year.

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    The first kiosks for, as the program has been named, will go in near Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and various downtown CTA stations. LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Thursday, April 25, 2013)

    Docking stations will be concentrated near the Loop and located near transportation centers such as Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, and CTA stations along with other high-traffic areas.

    "We feel like we've really fine-tuned it, we got it right as the mayor wanted us to do, and you can feel the energy, people are really excited," said Gabe Klein, the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.

    Registration for the system is also expected to be available on Tuesday.

    More than 200 cities across the world use the bike sharing system. New York City's program, the largest in the nation, launched on Monday.

    An annual membership for unlimited access to the bikes is $75 a year, or $7 for a 24-hour pass. The bikes are good for unlimited 30 minute trips, with overage fees tacked on for additional time.

    The bikes themselves will come with a chain guard so as to not mess up your pants; a headlight and taillight and a basket.

    Helmets will not be offered.