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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

 




An important update on station disconnection issues

by Kevin Bell | Oct 24, 2018
Over the last two weeks, you’ve likely been affected by some (or even many) of our stations being down. We understand that this has likely been as frustrating for you as it has been for us, as we’ve had to devote an enormous amount of time, both in our office and in the field, to proactively and reactively dealing with this issue.

Here’s what we’ve seen:

5-10 at a time, stations with plenty of electrical power (it's not a solar problem) are randomly disconnecting from our database, and not coming back online unless we manually reset them in person, sometimes several times over. We suspected wireless data network or station software problems, but hours of troubleshooting so far with our providers of these services hasn't yielded an obvious answer.

However, along the way, we've figured out a set of fixes that at least reduces, if not eliminates, the disconnection problem at individual stations. So, starting today, we will visit stations in priority order to update modem and internet connection configurations. In the meantime, we can’t thank you enough for your patience, and we apologize for the continued inconvenience until the issue is resolved.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

The Boulder B-cycle Team
303-532-4412
info@boulderbcycle.org

An important update on station disconnection issues

by Kevin Bell | Oct 24, 2018
Over the last two weeks, you’ve likely been affected by some (or even many) of our stations being down. We understand that this has likely been as frustrating for you as it has been for us, as we’ve had to devote an enormous amount of time, both in our office and in the field, to proactively and reactively dealing with this issue.

Here’s what we’ve seen:

5-10 at a time, stations with plenty of electrical power (it's not a solar problem) are randomly disconnecting from our database, and not coming back online unless we manually reset them in person, sometimes several times over. We suspected wireless data network or station software problems, but hours of troubleshooting so far with our providers of these services hasn't yielded an obvious answer.

However, along the way, we've figured out a set of fixes that at least reduces, if not eliminates, the disconnection problem at individual stations. So, starting today, we will visit stations in priority order to update modem and internet connection configurations. In the meantime, we can’t thank you enough for your patience, and we apologize for the continued inconvenience until the issue is resolved.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

The Boulder B-cycle Team
303-532-4412
info@boulderbcycle.org
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