Bike Sharing (Finally) Comes to Chicago
By Lindsey Miller in News on Jun 23, 2010 2:40PM
Bike-share kiosk in Paris. Photo by slettvet.
In Chicago, riders will need to have a membership card to get a bike and lock (helmet not included). Cards are $10 for one day, or $35 for 30 days, $45 for 60 days, and $55 for 90 days. The first half-hour on the bike is free, and each additional half hour is $2.50. Bikes will be available for pickup at McCormick Place, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Park District headquarters at 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., and two downtown locations to be announced. Drop-offs are at any B-station, Navy Pier, North Avenue beach, Millennium Park, and any Bike & Roll rental station.
We're curious what you think about the program. Will it work? Will people use it? Is it too expensive? As someone at the Chicagoist HQ noted, Zipcars cost $7.00 per hour, just a dollar more than B-cycle for a half-hour, albeit after a $50 membership fee.