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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

 




Free Rides & Free Breakfast This Wednesday!

by Kevin Bell | Jun 26, 2018
It's our favorite time of year again: Bike To Work Day! It's happening this Wednesday, 6/27.

That means two very important things: Free 30-minute rides all day courtesy of Elevations Credit Union, and free breakfast at our office at 38th & Arapahoe! Here's what you need to know:

Free 30-minute trips at every station thanks to Elevations Credit Union



Thanks to our long-time sponsor, Elevations Credit Union, we're offering FREE Day Tripper passes at all 45 of our stations (Normally $8)! This pass gives you an unlimited number of 30 minute trips for 24 hours.

This is a great opportunity for you to introduce bike sharing to friends and family, or just the chance to hop back on a bike for free if you don't have an active pass. It's easy:

  • Follow the steps at any station screen to purchase a Day Tripper pass—No promo code required
  • Swipe a credit card and enter your phone number
  • Pick a bike and head out on your first 30 minute trip
  • Use your phone number or credit card to continue taking 30 minute trips for the rest of the day!
The normal Day Tripper rules still apply, so remember to keep every trip under 30 minutes to avoid overtime fees ($3 per half hour). This offer is only valid at stations, not in the BCycle App or online.

Free Breakfast At Our Office:

6:30 to 9:00 AM



As in previous years, we'll also be hosting a grab-and-go breakfast station at our office, next to the 38th & Arapahoe B-cycle station! We'll have all the goods:


On top of that, you'll also be able to renew your Bicycle Colorado Membership! We'll be there from 6:30 to 9:00 AM, so feel free to stop by whenever you'd like!

Happy Riding!
-The Boulder B-cycle team

Free Rides & Free Breakfast This Wednesday!

by Kevin Bell | Jun 26, 2018
It's our favorite time of year again: Bike To Work Day! It's happening this Wednesday, 6/27.

That means two very important things: Free 30-minute rides all day courtesy of Elevations Credit Union, and free breakfast at our office at 38th & Arapahoe! Here's what you need to know:

Free 30-minute trips at every station thanks to Elevations Credit Union



Thanks to our long-time sponsor, Elevations Credit Union, we're offering FREE Day Tripper passes at all 45 of our stations (Normally $8)! This pass gives you an unlimited number of 30 minute trips for 24 hours.

This is a great opportunity for you to introduce bike sharing to friends and family, or just the chance to hop back on a bike for free if you don't have an active pass. It's easy:

  • Follow the steps at any station screen to purchase a Day Tripper pass—No promo code required
  • Swipe a credit card and enter your phone number
  • Pick a bike and head out on your first 30 minute trip
  • Use your phone number or credit card to continue taking 30 minute trips for the rest of the day!
The normal Day Tripper rules still apply, so remember to keep every trip under 30 minutes to avoid overtime fees ($3 per half hour). This offer is only valid at stations, not in the BCycle App or online.

Free Breakfast At Our Office:

6:30 to 9:00 AM



As in previous years, we'll also be hosting a grab-and-go breakfast station at our office, next to the 38th & Arapahoe B-cycle station! We'll have all the goods:


On top of that, you'll also be able to renew your Bicycle Colorado Membership! We'll be there from 6:30 to 9:00 AM, so feel free to stop by whenever you'd like!

Happy Riding!
-The Boulder B-cycle team
BroadwayBaseline
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