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Boulder Bike Sharing Overview // November 21, 2019 

(In Light of Denver B-cycle’s January 2020 Closure)

 

Not everyone knows this, yet we feel it is an important fact to share: Boulder Bike Sharing is the independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Boulder B-cycle system. Our organization is a separate entity from Denver Bike Sharing (nonprofit owner and operator of the Denver B-cycle system), the City of Boulder, and BCycle LLC/Trek of Wisconsin.

In light of the Nov. 21st news that the Denver B-cycle system will be closing in January of 2020, we thought it would be important to clarify what separates us from them and also our status as Boulder’s one and only micromobility transportation option. So here are some more clarifying facts you may/may not know:


  • The Boulder B-cycle system launched in May 2011 and has seen increasing system use each consecutive year since then, with over 100,000 trips and ~15K riders per year since 2017.  

  • Our system has 45 stations and 300 bikes, which is comparatively large and dense for a city of Boulder’s size and population.

  • Records for monthly system use were set in both September and October 2019, helped by the new CU Boulder Student pass, which was launched this fall in partnership with the CU Environmental Center and has introduced more than 1,500 first-time student members to bike sharing.

  • Several new micromobility technologies, including dockless bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, and electric mopeds have emerged since our system launched in 2011. Though these new and progressive options are exciting and novel, station-based bike-sharing is still presently the model of choice in many US cities, providing predictability and reliability that some free-floating systems do not.


All said, Boulder Bike Sharing actively provides a 24/7 bike share system in earnest and intends to continue operating the Boulder B-cycle system for the foreseeable future while actively investigating new equipment options that could someday best serve the city of Boulder.

Any questions or concerns please contact: Sara Michaels, Boulder Bike Sharing Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Manager, sara@boulderbcycle.org.

 

Thanks and Keep on Spinning!


Spring Station Shift !!

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What is Spring Station Shift, You Ask?

 

We’re writing with some exciting news as we pursue our mission to operate a valuable, sustainable bike-sharing system here in Boulder. As Boulder B-cycle turns eight this spring (May 20!), we’re able to look back and see that the system’s use has increased every year since its launch in 2011, and with each year a pattern becomes clearer: the most-used stations are in higher-density parts of Boulder where connections to commerce and transit abound.

We’re always striving to make the system more useful and efficient, and this year we’ll be seeking to launch new stations in promising locations around town. As we’ve done in the past, we’ll be relocating some of the system’s least-used stations to make this happen.  While we understand that this may inconvenience some riders, we're confident that the station relocations will offer more bikes in high-traffic areas.

We plan to begin removing the following stations this spring:

  • Gunbarrel North

  • Table Mesa Park’n’Ride

  • 30th & Diagonal Highway

  • Broadway & Iris

  • North Boulder Recreation Center

Work to remove the first two stations on the list above may start as soon as this month (April), and we’ve also notified anyone who has used these stations in the last year so that they know of these upcoming changes.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

Happy Riding!


The B-cycle Team
info@boulderbcycle.org

 




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

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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