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  • Unleash the B.E.A.S.T.: Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!

    by Kevin Bell | Nov 21,2016
    BEAST Cover photo-01

    Hey Boulder, 

    If you've ever been B-cycling around town during our peak ridership months, you've probably encountered our beloved B.E.A.S.T.: The Boulder Electric-Assist Service Trailer. 

    This thing!
    We love The B.E.A.S.T. because it allows us to move up to three B-cycles at a time between stations without any fossil fuel emissions. On top of that, it can often navigate the streets and paths of Downtown Boulder better than our truck, particularly when large events are taking place.
    In fact, the only thing we don't like about The B.E.A.S.T. is that there's only one of them!

    That's why for this year's Colorado Gives Day, we're asking for your help to Unleash The B.E.A.S.T. and expand our fleet of B.E.A.S.T.s!

    Here's the low-down:
    • For every $5,000 we raise, we can build out a new custom B.E.A.S.T. trailer and hire a B.E.A.S.T. Master for the summer.
      • That's just $2 per active rider!
      • The more we raise, the more B.E.A.S.T.s we can add!
    • As a way of giving back to the Boulder community, we're hoping to hire graduates of Community Cycles' Transitions Earn-A-Bike program for these new positions, which provides opportunities for at-risk and disabled youth.
    • Expanding our B.E.A.S.T. fleet will help to alleviate full and empty stations in the downtown core, particularly around large events.
    This year, 100% of your Colorado Gives Day donation will go towards this program.
    Plus, when you give on Tuesday, December 6th, your donation will be matched in part by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank, and all transaction fees will be waived. 
    Maximize your impact. Schedule your donation today! You can find our Colorado Gives Day page here: 
    Make sure to choose CO Gives Day as your donation type.

    Thank you for your support!
  • New station alert: 30th & Marine!

    by Kevin Bell | Nov 04,2016
    A map and photo of the 30th & Marine bike sharing station

    Get excited! We just launched our 41st station!

    Say hello to 30th & Marine: Located at the Southeast corner of the intersection, across from Scott Carpenter Park, this 15-dock station was fully funded by the University of Colorado. Thanks, CU!

    Remember, all CU students, staff, and faculty are eligible for discounted B-cycle passes. Check it out.
  • A message from the board

    by Kevin Bell | Oct 31,2016

    It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces James Waddell’s departure as Executive Director of Boulder B-Cycle, effective November 4th, 2016.

    Since 2012, James has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his inspiring leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor. We want to thank him for the 4 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments at Boulder B-Cycle, including:

    • Moving our system to operating 24/7 and 365 days a year.
    • Expanding our system of stations and bikes by more than 100%.
    • Expanding total pass sales by 51%:  11,559 to 17,491.
    • Increasing annual trips by 327%: 25,354 to 82,927.

    Under James’ guidance, bike sharing in Boulder has becoming an indispensable transit option and amenity to the residents, workers, students and visitors of Boulder.  “We are an important contributor to the City of Boulder’s stated goal of achieving a 15% bicycle mode share and I take pride in helping Boulder confirm its status as one of the most bike friendly cities in the country,” said Mr. Waddell.

    Kevin Crouse, long term Operations Director, has been appointed Interim Executive Director while the Board begins planning for the future.

    Again, we cannot thank James enough for the passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given Boulder B-Cycle over the past 4 years. We look forward to following the success of his career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of Boulder B-Cycle as we continue to support our community. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at gomulinski@citywidebanks.com.

    Sincerely,

    Gary Gomulinski, Chair, Board of Directors, Boulder B-Cycle

  • 5 reasons why fall is the best time to bike

    by Kevin Bell | Oct 19,2016

    (Editor’s note: all opinions contained herein are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder B-cycle as a whole.)

    (Editor’s note two: the ‘editor’ referenced herein is also the author of this blog post. We’re a very small company.)

    While summer is the time of year that most people associate with outdoor recreation—cycling included—not all of us here at Boulder B-cycle love summer biking the most. I’d like to make the case that fall biking is way, way better. In fact, I’m going to go one step further and make this the hottest of hot takes: Fall is far and away the best season for biking. Let me break it down for you:

    1. The weather

    While Colorado is fortunate to be free from the moist, sticky grip of the stifling humidity that plagues, well, most of the rest of the world, there’s no denying that summer here is still hot. So hot, in fact, that for a few months out of the year, most of us don’t even feel like ourselves because we can’t wear the Official Colorado Uniform: the flannel shirt.

    Flannel Shirt

    AKA 35% of my personality

    So, when you do choose to get out there bike around in the summer heat, even clad in some clearly inferior breathable item, along comes a little pal known as sweat.

    Keith Sweat
    Not this one, unfortunately.

    And I get it: not everyone is a perpetually damp perspiration monster like I am. Especially with the cooling effect of the Boulder Creek, a summer spin around town can be quite refreshing. But think about it this way: what do we love most about fall? We love coming in from a crisp evening to hot drinks and fireplaces. Fall biking warms you in exactly the same way that these familiar comforts do.

    What I’m saying is that biking is the pumpkin spice latte of fall recreation.

    2. The apparel

    Undeniably, summer cycling attire has its utility and even its acolytes, but given the choice of year-round fashion icon, not all of us would choose Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away.


    Dennis Christopher Breaking Away

    I just don't have the arms for it.

    Fall cycling gives us the opportunity to don a universally flattering and always iconic piece of outerwear—the jacket. I’m talking bombers, boleros, harringtons, windbreakers, even nehru jackets if that’s your jam. Once October hits, you too can join the leagues of Cool Jacket People and bike around town looking like The Fonz, Beatrix Kiddo, Michael Jackson, or, if you want to take your accessory game to the next level and add gloves to the mix, Ryan Gosling in Drive.

    Ryan Gosling's Biking

    A real human being, and a real hero.

    3. The scenery

    Fall hits every sense in a way that no other season does: it’s unmatched for variety of color, smell, sound, and (probably) taste, for those of you brave enough to chow down on the Colonel’s Original Recipe Extra Crispy Foliage.

    Kentuck Fried Leaves
    Tastes like harvest.

    The Boulder Creek Path may provide a cool respite from the summer heat, but let’s face it: fall is a superior season for Creek Path recreation. There’s something uniquely magical about whizzing through falling leaves that I can’t quite put my finger on.

    hyper leaves
    Wait—there it is.

    4. The festivities

    Fall is just lousy with awesome stuff that you can bike to without breaking a sweat—hayrides, trick-or-treating, football games, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, orchards, and just about everything else that fattens you up for the long winter.

    But you’re not worried about that, because you’re working off those calories by bike. Smart!

    Plus, it’s rare to be able to ride around on a bike in costume without getting funny looks.

    Bike costume

    Well, it would be rare if we lived in a normal city. But you get the idea. Source.

    5. Discounted B-cycle passes!

    Bet you didn't see that coming—You just got Content Marketed!

    Right now, you can sign up and get $11 off a Republic Rider (Annual) pass—normally $88. Use the code FALLBIKE to take advantage of this offer. And don’t tell me you don’t need a B-cycle because you own a bike—that’s no excuse!

    What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a chill in the air, leaves in your hair, and no sweat in your underwear!


    Start Riding

  • The Top Ten Reasons to Add Boulder B-cycle to Your Bike Collection

    by Kevin Bell | Aug 24,2016

    We hear it all the time from people who have never used bike sharing: “I don’t need a B-cycle. I have my own bike.”

    But we’re not trying to replace your bike. Our riders know this, as evidenced by the fact that 93% of them own a bike.

    Yup. 93%. That’s more than own cars, by the way.

    So what’s going on here?

    The fact is, bike sharing is a totally new mode of transportation—one that has a host of benefits distinct from bike ownership, and one that deserves to be in your arsenal. Straight from the mouths of our riders, here’s why:

    10. It’s the only way to take one-way bike trips.

    one way trips from a to b

    There’s no getting around it: If you want to get from A to B and leave your bike without having to come back to B, bike sharing is the only way to do it. Just click your bike into any station, and you’re done. You can start riding again from any other station.

    You can’t get that flexibility from your own bike.

    9. Ride in Denver (and 20 other cities) without having to haul your bike.

    Map of other B-cycle cities

    If you ever leave the Boulder bubble, you need to become a Republic Rider. Not only does that pass get you an unlimited number of 60-minute trips in Boulder, but you can also use it in Denver and 20 other cities (and counting!) around the country at no extra cost.

    8. Chain guard. Mudflaps. Keep that organic hemp outfit squeaky clean.

    Rear view of a B-cycle fender

    Riding a bike can be messy, but not a B-cycle. Every bike is equipped to keep that outfit in pristine condition. You can even ride a bike in a suit—which would matter more if Boulder weren’t one of the worst-dressed cities in America.

    Oh, well. At least you can keep that Patagonia jacket looking good?

    7. Only want to ride downhill? You can do that.

    A B-cycle riding down a hill

    See also point #1: you don’t have to start and end your trips in the same place, ever.  Ride the bus up the hill, ride a bike down. Repeat. That’s flexibility you can’t get with a regular bike.

    6. Bike to bus to work: Connecting to public transit is a breeze.

    Bus2bike2work movie poster

    Speaking of buses, if you’ve ever tried to combine biking and public transit in Boulder, you’ve probably run into a snag: buses only hold two bikes each. That’s not enough space for Boulder! If you B-cycle to a bus, that’s not a problem. Just chuck the bike in a dock, and your trip is done.

    5. Docks > locks.

    A B-cycle being returned to a dock

    Checking out and returning a B-cycle is fast. Like, really, really fast. On top of that, once a bike is in a dock, it’s not your problem anymore. Worried that your cable lock isn’t going to hold up when you lock your bike up downtown? Ride a B-cycle instead and don’t sweat it.

    4. You’ll never guess how much fair trade granola fits in the basket.

    B-cycle basket full of granola

    Here’s a hint: it’s 20 pounds. We’ve seen all kinds of Boulder things in baskets that wouldn’t work in a shoulder bag: pastries, fresh produce from the farmer’s market, a case of craft beer, yoga gear—you name it.

    3. Keep 300 bikes in your wallet: B-cycles are there when you need them and gone when you don’t.

    A B-cycle card being used

    Life is full of uncertainties. Don’t know what your plans will be for the day? Don’t know what the weather is going to be like? Don’t know if you’ll feel like biking? You could gamble and haul your own bike along just in case, or you could bring your Boulder B-cycle pass. It’s the size of a credit card. If you don’t end up using it, no sweat. If you do, you have 300 bikes at 40 stations at your disposal.

    2. We handle the maintenance, you handle the fun.

    Fleet technician fixing a B-cycle

    There’s nothing quite so disappointing as looking forward to a nice, relaxing bike ride only to find out your tire is flat, your chain is broken, or your gears are slipping. Sure, you may enjoy the satisfaction of tuning and repairing your bike, but that doesn’t change the fact that in a pinch, everyone needs a backup plan. Our team keeps every Boulder B-cycle in top shape. Throw a Casual Cruiser pass in your wallet and give yourself peace of mind—it’s free.

    1. No Spandex Necessary.

    A stylish man rides a B-cycle

    With a step-through frame and a comfortable seat, B-cycles let you hop from the boardroom or classroom to lunch without a change of clothes. I mean, you can wear spandex if you really want. If that's your thing. No judgement.

    There you have it: Boulder B-cycle is simple, fast, convenient, and flexible. It’s a way to ride bikes more often, because it does things a normal bike can’t.

    Start riding today. We have pass options for Boulderites from every walk of life.

    Learn More

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