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Divvy Bike Share Program Pushes Back Start Date By Two Weeks

By Kyla Gardner | June 11, 2013 8:17pm
 The "Divvy" bike is a three-speed hybrid painted in "Chicago Blue."
The "Divvy" bike is a three-speed hybrid painted in "Chicago Blue."
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City of Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago's bike sharing program Divvy has backpedaled on its start date.

The federally-funded program was set to launch on a "limited" basis this week. Instead, 75 stations Downtown and on the North and Northwest Sides will now all launch June 28, the program announced Tuesday.

The delay was caused by a need for more time to test stations "to ensure the system is fully functioning," said a post on Divvy's website.

The first station will be installed Friday at Daley Plaza, Divvy said.

Over the next year, the city plans to introduce 4,000 bikes at 400 wireless, solar-powered spots around the city, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Riders can buy a $75 year-membership or a $7 24-hour pass, which are good for unlimited 30-minute rides. A fee is assessed for additional time.