Go Bronzeville, formerly a City of Chicago program, is a grassroot community effort to provide information, activities, and support to Bronzeville residents to encourage them to walk, bicycle, and take transit more often.
The goals of the Go Bronzeville program are to:
Go Bronzeville is also hosting and partnering on community events such as historic walks, guided bicycle rides, and workshops to help residents get out and experience their community and the many available transportation options. Our outreach staff also appear at existing community events, such as the Bud Billiken Parade, to provide helpful information to residents about walking, bicycling, and transit use in and around Bronzeville.
Many communities in the US have run programs like this that have been successful at helping people drive less and bike, walk, and take transit more often. The City of Chicago wanted to try out this type of program, and applied for grant funding for a pilot project in five different neighborhoods over four years. The City-led campaign ran from August 2013 to April 2014 and the community took ownership of the program in May 2014.
Previously Go Bronzeville was funded by federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality grants, administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) put in an application for this very competitive program, and was fortunate to be selected to receive funding from August 2013 to April 2014. The goal of the program was to improve quality of life in Bronzeville by improving air quality by reducing the number of drive alone trip.
Bronzeville already has many great organizations and individuals working towards increasing walking, biking and transit in the community so Go Bronzeville is here to connect residents to the great initiatives already taking place and build up more momentum.
Bike sharing has come to Chicago, and it’s called Divvy.
Thousands of bikes are now available to you, 24/7/365, all over Chicago. Pick up a bike from any station and drop it off at any other. Once you’ve purchased an Annual Membership or 24-Hour Pass, all your trips less than 30 minutes in duration (like most bike trips) are free. Trips that last longer than 30 minutes incur additional usage fees.
24-Hour Passes are available for purchase for $7 from any Divvy station. You may also redeem the FREE 24-Hour Pass from your Go Bronzeville Go Kit at any station, just enter the code when prompted. A credit or debit card is required to ride Divvy bikes. If you don’t have a debit or credit card, visit bankonchicago.com for low and no-cost options.
Annual memberships are only $75. Sign up online at divvybikes.com/signup. The City of Chicago is working with local organizations toward a solution to offer lower cost membership options as well. You must be 16 years or older to use a Divvy bike.
Learn more at divvybikes.com or by calling 1-855-55-DIVVY (1-855-553-4889).
Join Bronzeville Bikes at the Bronzeville Community Garden at 51st and Calumet for free bike repair every 2nd Sunday of the month (3-6pm) during warmer months.
Otherwise, you can get your bike fixed at one of the following bike shops: