“Divvy For Everyone” Bikeshare Discount Membership Program, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
5 minutes Date Enacted: Jul 7, 2015
Divvy, run by Chicago’s Department of Transportation, partnered with the Better Bike Share Partnership to introduce an equity program designed to increase access to the city’s bikeshare system.
Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare system offers reduced-cost annual memberships to residents through its Divvy for Everyone (D4E) initiative, which launched in 2015. Through D4E, Chicago residents with incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level who don’t have a credit or debit card can qualify for a one-time, $5 annual Divvy membership, discounted substantially from the regular $75 fee. Participants can enroll in person at one of five LISC Financial Opportunity Centers located throughout the city using a state-issued ID and a one-time cash payment. The effort follows a major expansion of Divvy to new neighborhoods earlier in the year.