The City of Chicago’s on-street bike network consists of over 225 miles of barrier protected bike lanes, buffer protected bike lanes, conventional bike lanes, marked shared lanes and neighborhood bike routes. The network of bike facilities is growing every year with the goal of providing residents and visitors the opportunity to feel comfortable riding a bike throughout the City. Expanding the on-street bike network will help establish Chicago as the most bicycle friendly big city in America and promote the social, economic and health benefits that result from increased ridership.
Divvy | Bike Sharing
Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,760 bikes and 476 stations across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy, and affordable.
A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout a city. Divvy bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible combinations of start and end points.
With thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, Divvy will be available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The station network will provide twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby.
Bike Routes in the 40th Ward Area
Preventing Bicycle Theft – How To Lock Your Bike
- Always lock your bike’s frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key)
- Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you
- Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole – these are the most secure places
- See images below for locking depictions.
- Record your bike’s serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
- Always lock your bike, even if you’re just leaving it for a moment
- Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel. See diagrams to the right.
- Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked.
- Beware of locking to “sucker poles” that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
- Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
- Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
- Learn about the lock manufacturer’s warranty and product replacement policy.