Divvy bikes launching in Oak Park

Oak Park will be getting 130 Divvy bikes at 13 new stations to be installed throughout the village during the last week of June.

According to a release from the village, Oak Park joins Evanston as the first Chicago suburbs to join in the bike share service.

According to its website, Divvy is a bike-sharing system that consists of specially designed bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout Chicago. Divvy bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system.

The first six Oak Park stations are scheduled to be installed along the CTA blue line and Interstate 290. Six more stations are to be installed throughout downtown Oak Park near the CTA green line and Metra tracks, by the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Library and by West Suburban Medical Center in northeast Oak Park.

A 13th station, to be installed at Ridgeland Commons, is expected to be up and running in July.

In addition to Evanston, Divvy is expected to expand its presence in Chicago's west and south sides, including the Austin and Garfield Park neighborhoods.

To introduce the bike-sharing service to the community, Divvy will host a launch event from 9 to 11 a.m. July 2 at the Farmers' Market at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St. Divvy representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the bike service, and hand out coupons to Oak Park residents.

According to Oak Park, annual Divvy bike memberships cost $99, or are available for $9.95 per month with a full-year commitment. Divvy also offers a 24-hour pass for $9.95.

Membership information, including membership options, is available at www.divvybikes.com.

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