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Divvy Discounts Coming for College Students

By Josh McGhee | October 6, 2014 10:51am | Updated on October 6, 2014 12:04pm
 A Divvy user at the Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues intersection.
A Divvy user at the Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues intersection.
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CHICAGO — Divvying to class just got a bit cheaper.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that students attending City Colleges of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Rush University Medical Center and University of Illinois at Chicago can now join to bike-sharing program for $55, a discount of $20 off the the annual membership fee.

“Money can be tight for college students and making Divvy even more affordable will help students get around campus and enjoy Chicago’s neighborhoods," Emanuel said in a statement. "With the upcoming expansion of Divvy into more neighborhoods and our continued growth of dedicated bike lanes throughout the city, this is another step forward as Chicago continues to set a new standard for other cities to follow."

Students can sign up using their email by clicking here. More institutions are expected to join in the coming months.

“At the City Colleges of Chicago we are focused on ensuring our students receive a quality, affordable education that prepares them for further college and careers," said John Brophy, sustainability coordinator for the city colleges.

“The Divvy program, in conjunction with the CTA UPass and our new City Colleges shuttle service, means that City Colleges students now have more options than ever to travel cost effectively between class, internships and jobs, and home," Brophy said.

In 2015, Divvy will expand to 545 stations, making it the largest bike-sharing program in the United States. Stations will be added to several Chicago neighborhoods and neighboring suburbs Oak Park and Evanston.

Chicago was ranked the second best city for cycling by Bicycling magazine earlier this year.

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