By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Welcome to Chicago, Divvy.
Chicago weather isn’t quite as nice as it is in San Francisco, Boston or Washington, D.C., where your parent company launched earlier bike-sharing services.
Thermometers in Chicago dipped to a record minus 16 degrees Monday morning, with strong winds creating wind chills of between minus 30 and minus 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
Schools, businesses and many services were shuttered, as was Divvy.
Divvy is operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., which launched Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC and Arlington VA, Hubway in Boston, Citi Bike in New York, Bay Area Bike Share in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melbourne Bike Share in Melbourne Australia, CoGo Bike Share in Columbus OH and Bike Chattanooga in Chattanooga TN.
Divvy has grown in popularity in Chicago since its launch earlier this year. Loyola University Chicago students, staff and faculty are frequent users, renting bikes from stations at located near Loyola’s downtown campus at Water Tower Place and State and Pearson streets. Divvy is coming to Rogers Park in the spring.
But recent bad weather has forced Divvy to suspend Chicago bike rentals on two occasions.
Last week, Divvy suspended service from Thursday-Saturday due to heavy snow.
Then came the announcement one day later that Divvy was suspending Chicago bike rentals indefinitely at 3 p.m. Sunday after the city received a one-two punch of heavy snow followed by record low temperatures.
Here is the recent storm message from Divvy to its users:
With severe winter temperatures on the horizon for Monday and Tuesday of this week, we will be temporarily closing Divvy at 3:00 PM this afternoon (Sunday, January 5th). Given what some forecasters are calling “life-threatening” wind chills, we feel it is appropriate to suspend service for the safety of our riders and our staff.
As with our first closure late last week, we’ll re-open the system once conditions are safe and stations are operational.
We realize this is our second closure within a week and would like to assure you that we expect to be open on most days this winter, just as we were open every day in December when we happily served nearly 45,000 trips.
If you have any question about whether the system is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889). You can also find the latest updates on the Divvy website, Facebook, and Twitter. We welcome your feedback or thoughts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay warm and safe!
– The Divvy Team and the Chicago Department of Transportation