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(COVID19) B-cycle Pass Updates // March 23, 2020 

 


We have been thinking about what we can do for our Boulder community in these challenging times. After much discussion, we have decided to offer deals on some of our already high-value pass prices and extend the trip period of our People's Pedaler and Republic Rider passes by 30 minutes. We feel this extended trip period will give you plenty of time to take that long cruise in the warm sun, offering a healthy break from those working at home. Biking is considered a 'safe-distance' activity you can feel good about participating in, while also helping your local non-profit bike share organization.

These updates are designed to be helpful and generous to our local community. We are doing our part to help keep our riders safe and healthy with the following protocols:  Our technicians will continue to disinfect all user touch points at the stations and on the bikes, including:  Bike handlebars, brake levers, seat & seat post clamp, touchscreens, dock buttons and RFID readers. There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself when using bike share: Download and use the BCycle App to check out a bike, wear gloves as a precaution during set up and riding a bike, wipe down the bike as you would any public surface you come in contact with, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after riding. If we are all doing our part we can slow the spread and get back to it! 


The below pass adjustments are to better serve both those who need an inexpensive way to get around, as well as people who may want to use biking as a way to recreate. These changes will be in effect until we announce the switch back to our regular plans. 

  • Casual Cruiser (pay-per-trip): $1 for the first 30 minutes (down from $2), still free to register the pass. 

    • We are a mission-oriented nonprofit bike-sharing system and want to make this transportation mode absolutely as affordable as possible, especially for those hit hardest economically.

  • Day Tripper (24 hour): no change

  • People’s Pedaler (monthly): 60-minute free trip period (up from 30 minutes), still $11/month with no commitment.

    • We want to make this pass type an even better value, hopefully inspiring locals to give bike sharing a try for recreation and errands.

  • Republic Rider (annual): 90-minute free trip period (up from 60 minutes), still $88/year.

    • We’re extending the free trip period of this popular pass to give more time for locals and corporate members to get out for fresh air, providing plenty of time to ride and run errands away from centrally-located system stations.

  • CU Boulder Student: no change for now


No need for you to do anything special to enjoy all these added perks - just purchase your pass of choice and cruise away!


Thank you for supporting your local non-profit bike share system. We wish all of you good health and happiness!


Interested in sponsoring Boulder B-cycle or acquiring a corporate membership?  Simply contact: Sara Michaels, Boulder Bike Sharing Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Manager, sara@boulderbcycle.org


Thanks and Keep on Spinning!







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Boulder Bike Sharing On Track // February 24, 2020 

 


After several rounds of media coverage and many meetings later, Boulder Bike Sharing is on track and grateful to announce that the City of Boulder, CU Environmental Center and Boulder County have all pitched in to help support our organization through 2020.

That said, membership and rider revenues still remain a very important part of the organization’s funding, as well as the generous support of corporate sponsorships.

Currently, our team is hard at work on the Boulder Bike Sharing strategic planning process, which will solicit input from stake holders, identify funding sources and plan for the successful future of micromobility here in Boulder.

Thank you for being on this ride with us! We are excited for what is yet to come...stay tuned!


Interested in sponsoring Boulder B-cycle or acquiring a corporate membership?  Simply contact: Sara Michaels, Boulder Bike Sharing Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Manager, sara@boulderbcycle.org


Thanks and Keep on Spinning!






B-cycling on the new Arapahoe underpass!!


Boulder Bike Sharing Funding News // January 27, 2020 

 


As you may have read recently, Boulder City Council is studying funding options for our organization, the nonprofit operator of the city’s bike-sharing system. A City Council study session will take place tomorrow night (Tuesday, 28 January 2020). 


Boulder Bike Sharing is a mission-driven local nonprofit started and run by Boulderites invested in the community’s values of sustainability, safety, and innovation. When the City of Boulder issued a request for proposals in 2010 to operate a local bike sharing system, Boulder Bike’s Sharing plan was selected, and in May 2011 the Boulder B-cycle system launched. At that time it was among the first dock-based bike-sharing systems in the US, and since then it has expanded to 300 bikes at 45 stations, providing over 100,000 trips each year since 2017. While membership and rider revenues are an important part of the organization’s funding, we have and continue to rely on generous support in the form of corporate sponsorships and City operating contributions.


These funding sources have sustained the Boulder B-cycle system for nearly a decade, during which time we’ve become a trusted transportation option for riders and a partner to many of the city’s most prominent institutions, including the City of Boulder, CU, Boulder County, UCAR, Google, and Naropa. Years of demonstrated experience and responsible stewardship of public space are not to be overlooked in the highly-volatile micromobility industry. In 2020, as Boulder Bike Sharing undergoes a thorough strategic planning process, we believe that our invested staff, micromobility industry knowledge and connections, and membership in forward-thinking organizations like the North American Bike Sharing Association demonstrate our nonprofit’s proven ability to offer dependable, high-quality service while planning for the successful future of micromobility in Boulder.


While new devices continue to proliferate, we’re working hard to make sure that the red Boulder B-cycle bikes in service continue the record-setting use that we saw in the last third of 2019. Even though the average Boulder B-cycle trip is less than two miles, the average bike in our fleet is (by mileage) well into its second trip across the US! This simply wouldn’t be possible without our riders, so we’ll leave you with a few key findings from our most recent rider survey: Nearly half of survey respondents say they use the red bikes to connect to public transportation, almost a quarter of them reported household income under $35k, and 30% do not own a personal vehicle.


The Boulder B-cycle team is thrilled that we've been able to make such a significant impact in Boulder due to the sustained support of our riders and partners, and we look forward to keeping our own Boulder version of bike sharing riding strong!



Interested in sponsoring Boulder B-cycle or acquiring a corporate membership?  Simply contact: Sara Michaels, Boulder Bike Sharing Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Manager,
sara@boulderbcycle.org


Thanks and Keep on Spinning!






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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 2019 Station Shift !!

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What is Spring 2019 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 2019:

  • 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. This work will all be completed by the end of 2019.

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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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
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