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Rent to Ride: City of Chicago expands Divvy bike-sharing program

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is improving the way we get around the city, with the expansion of the bike-sharing program. Mayor Emanuel is a big-time supporter of Divvy, and wants Chicago to be one of the most popular biking cities in the nation.

The program is designed to give Chicagoans and visitors access to a bike without having to worry about maintenance or where to store it. It's been in place for a little while now - it was introduced last year. But it's going to be expanded big-time over the next several months.

About 75 stations will be launched this year, which will increase to 400 stations by 2014. The boundaries are roughly from 63rd Street to Devon and from Lake Michigan to California.

There's a station near Randolph and Washington with lots of brand new bikes, ready for rent and ride.The bicycles will be a bit heavier and sturdier than what you'd normally find – they are designed to last.

Bikes will be available to rent 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Yearly memberships are $75 annually and daily passes are $7.

The mayor's office released a statement Thursday, citing a federal transportation grant as the source of initial funding.

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