Picking Earth Day, April 22, 2010, Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper, launched the nation’s first large-scale citywide bicycle sharing program. The idea being to help Denver residents and visitors increase their daily activity, save money and reduce carbon emissions, and also to view first hand, lovely and scenic Denver.
Denver B-cycle was fully operational at noon, launching with approximately 400 red Trek B-cycles at 40 B-stations throughout the City.
Kaiser Permanente has committed to a three-year $450,000 community benefit sponsorship.
Denver B-cycle members can pick up a B-cycle from any of the conveniently located B-stations and drop it off at any other B-station. B-stations are currently located throughout downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and University of Denver, among other areas. By the end of the June, Denver will have approximately 500 B-cycles at 45-50 B-stations.
Users can sign up for 7-day ($20), 30-day ($30) or annual memberships ($65) online. Users can also purchase a $5 24-hour membership at the B-cycle station with his/her credit card. Discounts are available for students and seniors. Once registered in the system as a member, there is no charge for the first 30 minutes every time the member checks out a B-cycle from a station. After 30 minutes additional usage fee apply that escalate every half hour thereafter. The fee caps at $65/day.
This is a great opportunity to not only go green but to take in the sites and get a little exercise. The Colorado State Publications library can help along the way with safety manuals, rules of the road and even maps of the biking paths of Denver and the surrounding metro areas.
For more information, visit http://denver.bcycle.com.
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