Divvy Raises Rate for Daily Bike Rentals

Divvy Bikes will soon cost a bit more for Chicago users.

Divvy and Chicago Department of Transportation officials have announced that, beginning Wednesday, the price for a 24-hour pass will jump from $7 to $9.95.

The bike-share program cited the completion of a “major expansion project” in the city for the increase. That project added 174 new stations this year, bringing the number of stations in the city 476, officials said.

“It’s truly been an exciting time as we enter new neighborhoods and welcome new riders,” a statement from Divvy read. “As a result of our increased service area (now the largest in North America!), we’d like to let you know that we’ll be adjusting the price of our 24-Hour Pass.”

Divvy said the rate change will help "maintain and build on Divvy's success and maintain that high level of service that our users are accustomed to."

Officials say most daily riders are visitors to Chicago, and note that most city residents using Divvy have an annual pass. 

The annual membership rate of $75 in Chicago will not change, officials said.

The change puts Chicago on par with New York's Citi Bike system, which also charges $9.95 for a day pass. The annual rate in New York, however, is $149. 

The announcement comes just after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a "Divvy for Everyone" program, allowing Chicago resident with low incomes affordable to access to the popular bike-share program.

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