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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.
Mayor Daley announced at the Bike to Work Week Rally last week that Chicago is getting a bike share program come July. He's been talking about this for many years, so we're glad it's finally happening. Chicago is following Denver's lead and using the B-cycle bike-share program, which seems to have been quite popular there since it started in April with 500 bikes and over 18,000 rides so far.

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.