[vc_row][vc_column][mk_image src=”https://crossrealms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/divvy_cr.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][mk_custom_list style=”e15b” icon_color=”#0266a4″ margin_bottom=”30″ align=”none”]With the launch of Chicago’s new bike sharing service, Divvy, we at CrossRealms have found an opportunity to promote good health and to have a positive impact on the environment. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is how Divvy works: there are a few hundred bike sharing stations set up around the city with a dozen or so spots to park bikes at each. There are also a few thousands Divvy bikes parked at these stations. Divvy users can grab a bike from any station and drop it off at any other station as long as the trip is 30 minutes or less. Bike sharing is not meant for day-long bike rentals or joy rides. Rather, it is simply designed for quick trips between two points. Tourists can pay for day passes to use the system, and Chicago residents can pay for a year pass for unlimited 30-minute rides.
There are many reasons why Divvy works for CrossRealms:
- It allows our employees to get to client sites near our office without having to take a cab.
- Client sites that are too far from transit stops to walk to can now be accessed by using Divvy in conjunction with the bus or ‘L.’
- For both of the above reasons, CrossRealms employees will be able to spend less time driving in cars and more times on bikes, which will have a positive impact on the environment.
- Divvy memberships will also promote good health because employees will spend less time sitting and more time moving.
- Finally, employees will be able to use their Divvy bikes at any time of the day, even when they’re not on the clock, which will mean even larger impacts on employee health and the environment.
I work remotely in Portland, OR, so unfortunately I cannot become a Divvy member, but I rode a lot of Divvy bikes when I was in Chicago last month and I look forward to riding again when I return.
For more information about Divvy, check out divvybikes.com. For some safety tips from the CrossRealms team check out the video we made![/mk_custom_list][/vc_column][/vc_row]