A bicycle sharing system is a service in which bicycles are made available for share use to individuals on a short term basis for a fee. The Chicagoland system is called Divvy, and it allows people to borrow a bike from a “dock” and return it at another dock belonging to the same system. Docks are special bike racks that release a bike via computer control, when the user enters payment information or if a member, by entering a code. A smartphone app shows the locations of docks, how many bikes are currently parked and available to rent, and how many open positions.
When some people experience the joys of cycling, they want to spread the word far and wide to others-- or at least to people in their own neighborhood. At the January Evanston Bicycle Club meeting we heard from enthusiastic volunteers from local advocacy groups who are dedicated to getting more people on bikes and making it safer to ride