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'DivvyBrags' App Returns, But Without the Bragging, For Now

By Alisa Hauser | December 20, 2013 11:22am
 Alex Soble, left.  A visual chart of Soble's logged miles on the DivvyBrags interface, right.
Alex Soble, left.  A visual chart of Soble's logged miles on the DivvyBrags interface, right.
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CHICAGO — Bike share nerds of Chicago, rejoice!

The good news is that tracking the miles you've logged on a Divvy bike is back, but the bad news is you can't brag about it, or see how you stack up against top Divvy users on a "leaderboard."

Alex Soble, creator of the DivvyBrags app, announced the return of his app early Friday.

"Attn: Chi bikeshare nerds. is back! Set your data free @ . " Soble tweeted.

Alta Bike Share, the parent company for Divvy, shut down the DivvyBrags app in late September, due to security concerns since DivvyBrags required Divvy members to share their usernames and passwords with Soble's third-party app.

Soble said he re-created the old app as a Chrome extension, which doesn't ask for anyone's username and password. 

In an email, Soble said he was feeling "fantastic" now that the app was given the "green light" by Divvy.

The new DivvyBrags app can be downloaded through a Chrome extension.

After downloading the free app in the Chrome Store, Divvy users can access their stats by logging into their account on the Divvy website, at www.divvybikes.com, where their stats show up on a DivvyBrags sidebar. 

DivvyBrags shows users a visual graph charting the miles they've traveled, as well as calculates the number of trips taken.

Missing from the new version of DivvyBrags app is a "leaderboard" feature that allows app users to see the top users in terms of miles traveled, as well as the opportunity to link their data to their social media accounts and share or "brag" their stats.

Soble, who lives in the South Loop, said the leaderboard and social media sharing might be back in the app's next release but for now it's "personal-stats-only."