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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

 




  • Station relocation alert: 27th Way & Broadway moving to Table Mesa Park N Ride next week

    by Kevin Bell | May 10,2017
    Hey, riders: Here's a quick heads up to keep you in the loop: Next Wednesday, 5/17, we'll be relocating the 27th Way & Broadway Station to the north side of Table Mesa Park N Ride!

    Table Mesa Relocation-01

    But Why?

    When we installed this station in 2014, funded in part by RTD, it was intended to serve regional bus routes coming to and from Denver—At the time, the B, BX, and BMX routes.

    When RTD discontinued the B routes and introduced the Flatiron Flyer, those buses no longer stopped at 27th Way & Broadway. As a result, use of this station dropped dramatically, and it has become one of the least-used stations in the system, seeing only a handful of trips per day.

    We're relocating the station to Table Mesa Park N Ride so that it can resume its original function serving regional bus routes.

    While we understand that this may inconvenience the handful of riders who have continued to use the 27th Way & Broadway station, we're confident that the station will do much more to ease commuting stresses in its new location.

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

    Happy riding!
    -The Boulder B-cycle Team



  • Price drop and other Casual Cruiser changes coming 4/1

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 21,2017
    On Saturday, 4/1, we'll be implementing a few changes to our Casual Cruiser (Pay-Per-Trip) pass in order to better meet the needs of our riders. The sign-up cost of this pass will remain $0, and all other passes will remain the same. Here's what's up:

    First, we're lowering the cost of trips!



    After 4/1, the first half hour of every trip will drop from $3 to $2--that's lower than the cost of a bus trip. In accordance with our other passes, fees for trips over 30 minutes will remain at $3 per half hour.

    Second, in conjunction with the launch of our app, we'll stop issuing new and replacement membership cards for the Casual Cruiser pass.



    Eliminating the cost of mailing membership cards is what will allow us to charge a lower rate for trips on this pass.

    But if you're a current Casual Cruiser pass holder, don't worry: Your current membership card will still allow you to check out bikes as long as you have it, and you can also check out bikes using the app, your credit card, or text message.

    Finally, we'll be changing this pass's billing schedule.


    Currently, Casual Cruiser trips are billed in a single sum on the first of every month. After 4/1, new Casual Cruisers will be billed for trips on a 7-day cycle. This change will make it easier for riders to upgrade to a different pass type should they so choose.

    Casual Cruisers registered before 4/1 will remain on a monthly billing cycle until the end of their current pass period.

    Happy riding!
    -The Boulder B-cycle team
  • Rider alert: Broadway & Baseline construction closure starting 3/19

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 17,2017
    Hey riders—Just a quick heads-up that starting Sunday, March 19th, the Broadway & Baseline station will be made temporarily unavailable to allow the City of Boulder to complete the next phase of construction on the Baseline underpass. During this period, the station will be inaccessible to pedestrians.



    The timeline we've received from the city indicates that the station will be affected for approximately three weeks.

    As you may recall, this station was initially relocated further west to accommodate the first phase of construction, though unfortunately, additional relocations during this next phase of construction have proven to be logistically impossible.

    During this period of construction, we will be removing the station from our digital maps.

    The next closest stations available for use are:
    • To the south: 27th Way & Broadway
    • To the east: Williams Village
    • To the north: Broadway & Euclid
    Broadway & Baseline will re-open as soon as we receive clearance from the city. Apologies for any inconvenience in the interim.
  • Mobile App checkout is here! Download the new app today

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 07,2017
    We're excited to announce that as of today, you can check out bikes using your mobile device and the brand-new BCycle app:

    Checkout bikes, manage your account, or get directions

    Note: this is a different app from the B-cycle Now app that most of you are using. While it remains a great tool for visualizing bike availability, B-cycle Now will not allow mobile bike checkout.

    B cycle now vs Bcycle app

    You can download it now for iOS or Android.

    Here's how mobile checkout works:

    • Once you've downloaded the BCycle app, log into your account via the icon in the top right corner
    • Make sure you give the app access to your phone's GPS
      • Mobile checkout won't work without GPS!
    • Stand next to the station you want to access and tap that station's icon on your app
    • Tap the Get a bike button that pops up below the station icon
    • Enter the dock number and tap Checkout
    For complete information on all the new features of the BCycle app, click here.

    Don't have a smartphone, or just don't want another app? Our stations now also allow checkout via text message. Here's how that works:

    • Make sure you have a current mobile phone number attached to your Boulder B-cycle membership
    • Walk up to any station and follow the prompts onscreen to checkout a bike
    • Choose "Keep Riding" and enter your mobile phone number
    • Our database will text you a 6-digit code
    • Enter that code at the station and choose your bike!

    Like always, you can still check out bikes using your B-card and the credit card you have on file with your membership. 

    App-y Riding!
  • Rider alert: Service disruptions Tuesday, 2/28

    by Kevin Bell | Feb 24,2017
    2_28 station software updates

    Just a quick heads-up: this coming Tuesday, 2/28, our stations will experience rolling service disruptions between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM as we update our station software.

    This software update will allow us to implement some brand-new features for riders, and we're excited to share those features with you shortly.

    You can expect 2-3 stations to be disconnected at a time, for periods of approximately 15 minutes each.

    As always, keep an eye on the B-cycle Now App or our website for live station availability information.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

    -The Boulder B-cycle Team
  • Station relocation alert: 27th Way & Broadway moving to Table Mesa Park N Ride next week

    by Kevin Bell | May 10,2017
    Hey, riders: Here's a quick heads up to keep you in the loop: Next Wednesday, 5/17, we'll be relocating the 27th Way & Broadway Station to the north side of Table Mesa Park N Ride!

    Table Mesa Relocation-01

    But Why?

    When we installed this station in 2014, funded in part by RTD, it was intended to serve regional bus routes coming to and from Denver—At the time, the B, BX, and BMX routes.

    When RTD discontinued the B routes and introduced the Flatiron Flyer, those buses no longer stopped at 27th Way & Broadway. As a result, use of this station dropped dramatically, and it has become one of the least-used stations in the system, seeing only a handful of trips per day.

    We're relocating the station to Table Mesa Park N Ride so that it can resume its original function serving regional bus routes.

    While we understand that this may inconvenience the handful of riders who have continued to use the 27th Way & Broadway station, we're confident that the station will do much more to ease commuting stresses in its new location.

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

    Happy riding!
    -The Boulder B-cycle Team



  • Price drop and other Casual Cruiser changes coming 4/1

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 21,2017
    On Saturday, 4/1, we'll be implementing a few changes to our Casual Cruiser (Pay-Per-Trip) pass in order to better meet the needs of our riders. The sign-up cost of this pass will remain $0, and all other passes will remain the same. Here's what's up:

    First, we're lowering the cost of trips!



    After 4/1, the first half hour of every trip will drop from $3 to $2--that's lower than the cost of a bus trip. In accordance with our other passes, fees for trips over 30 minutes will remain at $3 per half hour.

    Second, in conjunction with the launch of our app, we'll stop issuing new and replacement membership cards for the Casual Cruiser pass.



    Eliminating the cost of mailing membership cards is what will allow us to charge a lower rate for trips on this pass.

    But if you're a current Casual Cruiser pass holder, don't worry: Your current membership card will still allow you to check out bikes as long as you have it, and you can also check out bikes using the app, your credit card, or text message.

    Finally, we'll be changing this pass's billing schedule.


    Currently, Casual Cruiser trips are billed in a single sum on the first of every month. After 4/1, new Casual Cruisers will be billed for trips on a 7-day cycle. This change will make it easier for riders to upgrade to a different pass type should they so choose.

    Casual Cruisers registered before 4/1 will remain on a monthly billing cycle until the end of their current pass period.

    Happy riding!
    -The Boulder B-cycle team
  • Rider alert: Broadway & Baseline construction closure starting 3/19

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 17,2017
    Hey riders—Just a quick heads-up that starting Sunday, March 19th, the Broadway & Baseline station will be made temporarily unavailable to allow the City of Boulder to complete the next phase of construction on the Baseline underpass. During this period, the station will be inaccessible to pedestrians.



    The timeline we've received from the city indicates that the station will be affected for approximately three weeks.

    As you may recall, this station was initially relocated further west to accommodate the first phase of construction, though unfortunately, additional relocations during this next phase of construction have proven to be logistically impossible.

    During this period of construction, we will be removing the station from our digital maps.

    The next closest stations available for use are:
    • To the south: 27th Way & Broadway
    • To the east: Williams Village
    • To the north: Broadway & Euclid
    Broadway & Baseline will re-open as soon as we receive clearance from the city. Apologies for any inconvenience in the interim.
  • Mobile App checkout is here! Download the new app today

    by Kevin Bell | Mar 07,2017
    We're excited to announce that as of today, you can check out bikes using your mobile device and the brand-new BCycle app:

    Checkout bikes, manage your account, or get directions

    Note: this is a different app from the B-cycle Now app that most of you are using. While it remains a great tool for visualizing bike availability, B-cycle Now will not allow mobile bike checkout.

    B cycle now vs Bcycle app

    You can download it now for iOS or Android.

    Here's how mobile checkout works:

    • Once you've downloaded the BCycle app, log into your account via the icon in the top right corner
    • Make sure you give the app access to your phone's GPS
      • Mobile checkout won't work without GPS!
    • Stand next to the station you want to access and tap that station's icon on your app
    • Tap the Get a bike button that pops up below the station icon
    • Enter the dock number and tap Checkout
    For complete information on all the new features of the BCycle app, click here.

    Don't have a smartphone, or just don't want another app? Our stations now also allow checkout via text message. Here's how that works:

    • Make sure you have a current mobile phone number attached to your Boulder B-cycle membership
    • Walk up to any station and follow the prompts onscreen to checkout a bike
    • Choose "Keep Riding" and enter your mobile phone number
    • Our database will text you a 6-digit code
    • Enter that code at the station and choose your bike!

    Like always, you can still check out bikes using your B-card and the credit card you have on file with your membership. 

    App-y Riding!
  • Rider alert: Service disruptions Tuesday, 2/28

    by Kevin Bell | Feb 24,2017
    2_28 station software updates

    Just a quick heads-up: this coming Tuesday, 2/28, our stations will experience rolling service disruptions between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM as we update our station software.

    This software update will allow us to implement some brand-new features for riders, and we're excited to share those features with you shortly.

    You can expect 2-3 stations to be disconnected at a time, for periods of approximately 15 minutes each.

    As always, keep an eye on the B-cycle Now App or our website for live station availability information.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

    -The Boulder B-cycle Team
BroadwayBaseline
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