Two summers ago, I finally gave into my curiosity and signed up for Divvy, the bikeshare program in Chicago. Suddenly, it seemed like the world shrank. Places that were 20-30 minutes away were now within a few minutes of biking, and I was no longer bound to the schedule or reach of the bus and train system. In addition to feeling like I was helping to reduce fossil fuel consumption, I was impressed how Divvy’s design turned sharing (normally somewhat of a hassle with public utilities) into an experience of convenience. Because bikes were interchangeable and temporary, I didn’t have to worry about theft or damage to my bike while I was out. Thanks to the natural flow of riders through the city, stations almost always had a sizeable supply of bikes for use. Finally, because Divvy used membership fees for maintenance, I never experienced any downtime for repairs. Even the access points- simple 3-button codes for new users or a simple fob tap for members- seemed to reinforce the quick and quotidien feel of “taking a Divvy”.