Early last week, we announced that we were approaching this eight-digit milestone, and have been tracking the number of trips at DivvyBikes.com/10million.
Monday evening at 8:36pm, the 10 millionth trip was taken by Priscilla B, a 64 year-old woman in Lakeview who was coming home from visiting her grandkids.
“I love it,” she said of the system, which she joined as a member in May 2014, shortly after the birth of her now two-and-a-half year old grandson. “I was just thinking how much better my life is here because of Divvy.”
In March 2014, her grandson was born. She lives in a condo a little under a mile away from him, and she was frequently going back and forth to visit. Sometimes she would drive, but would have trouble finding somewhere to park. So she’d end up walking, 15 minutes each way.
“I didn't really know how to do it,” Priscilla said of bikeshare. “But my daughter had lived in Boston and they had bikeshare there and used it all the time. She showed me how to move the seat up and down, and how to take the bike out easily.”
Two months later, she was a member.
Since then, she’s taken nearly 350 trips.
In addition to riding to and from her family, she also uses Divvy for other reasons: riding around Montrose Harbor, grocery shopping, connecting to the Red Line, and even going to church on Sundays. It’s good exercise for short trips around her neighborhood.
“You kind of see the world differently. I love the way the bikes are built—so your head is up.”