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Boulder B-cycle disinfecting bikes for safety



Our COVID-19 Safety Protocols Continue // May 26, 2020 

 


The safety of our riders is paramount when it comes to the use of our shared bike system. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have put in place protocols to disinfect bikes and stations. These procedures started in mid-March and continue today with the 'Safer At Home' order. We are also keeping a safe environment in our office.

We use two products for disinfecting, an isopropyl alcohol solution and a bleach solution. The first is sprayed on and allowed to evaporate, while the second is allowed to dwell and then wiped off. We’ve identified station and bike touch points, which are being cleaned with one of these methods.

Our station touch points include the area of the button used to activate the card reader at each dock, the touchscreen and credit card reader areas at the kiosk, and the areas of the kiosk handled for maintenance. Our bike touch points include the handlebar grip/shifter/bell area, the area of the handlebar shroud nearest the rider, the seat area, and the seat post collar area. The seat area is disinfected using only the bleach solution as isopropyl alcohol degrades the vinyl. Bikes are being disinfected on the way into and out of the shop, as well as to the greatest extent possible in the field.

We’re encouraging riders to wear their masks while checking out/riding a bike and to wash their hands before and after. Also, we’re highly recommending use of the free BCycle app for bike checkout as this limits touching of the kiosk and docks. Staff handling balancing, maintenance, and inspections in the field are wearing masks/gloves and practicing social distancing when it’s necessary to interact with riders.

In addition to disinfecting in the field, we’re only allowing at maximum one person in our office space and one person in our shop space at a time, separated by a door. Touch points in the office/shop are being disinfected regularly with our isopropyl alcohol solution. When one of our staff members leaves the office/shop, they thoroughly disinfect the surfaces they’ve interacted with on the way out. Touch points in our truck used for balancing and field work are also being disinfected with our isopropyl alcohol solution.

We hope this is helpful for you to feel safe when you pick up one of our magic red bikes to get around town or hit the paths for fresh air and Vit D! As always, feel free to reach out to us for any questions or further information: sara@boulderbcycle.org



Stay healthy and happy out there, Boulder!


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!








Free The Streets
Oakland, CA began closing streets to through traffic to make it easier for residents to maintain a safe distance while outside. Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times 


Opening Streets For Safe-Distance Recreation // April 14, 2020 

 


You may have seen it on the news or social media lately.  Cities are closing down streets to allow for more space and therefore, better social distancing for communities to recreate. This includes biking, running, walking, rolling and strolling. Did I miss anything? Oh, dog walking (as dog parks are now closed). As narrow trails become burdened with hikers and parks are looking packed, we need a solution for getting outside in the sun for a healthy physical and mental break – especially as the weather warms and the days get longer. 

Cities from Oakland, CA to Des Moines, IA noticed people having to move into the street to avoid a crowded narrow sidewalk full of others recreating.  With most people following stay-at-home orders and not driving their car as much, it just makes sense to utilize the low-use to empty streets during this stretch of lockdown. Oakland closed 74 miles of roadway to thru-traffic; emergency vehicles and local traffic are still permitted.  

These efforts are helping to limit crowded public areas and could be the key for our community to continue to recreate outdoors while following protocols, and safely use alternative transportation modes for essential trips. 

Stay healthy and happy out there, Boulder!


* You have an opportunity to voice your opinion on the topic of advocating for street closures as City Council meets tonight to decide if the city should move forward on rebalancing some streets. You can email Council and ask them to consider this initiative. 



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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(COVID19) B-cycle Safety Protocols & 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 fleet technicians are wearing face coverings and gloves, while they 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 (avoiding the kiosk), wear a face cover, and also 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

 




  • One Day Valentine Sale: 2 for 1 Republic Rider passes

    by Kevin Bell | Feb 13,2017
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    For one day only (2/14), in celebration of Valentine's Day, full-price Republic Rider passes will be buy one, get one free.

    That's two full years of riding for just $88!

    Whether you're looking to add an extra year on to your existing pass, or trying to find that perfect last-minute Valentine's Day gift, this is the best membership deal we offer.

    If you're looking to add on to your existing pass:
    • Log in to your user account at the top right corner of boulderbcycle.org
    • Click the red "renew" button on the right side of your profile
    • Choose the Republic Rider (Annual) Pass
    • Confirm your $88 total and click "finish & pay"
    • Shoot us an email letting us know you rejoined
    • We'll send you a promo code for a free second Republic Rider pass!
       
    If you want to make a gift purchase:
    • Shoot us an email: Info@boulderbcycle.org letting us know you want a gift certificate
    • We'll send you a credit card payment link
    • Once you've paid, you'll get two promotion codes, each good for a Republic Rider pass
    Boring logistical points: 
    • This offer is valid on one day only: February 14th, 2017
    • This offer only applies to full price purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers.
    • If you previously registered as part of a corporate membership program, please contact your employer for your promotional code and renewal information.
    • If you've forgotten your password, just shoot us a quick email and we'll send that information your way.
    • Your membership will be applied to your existing B-card, but if you need a replacement, just let us know. We'll send you one for free.
  • Rider alert: New customer service tool

    by Kevin Bell | Jan 06,2017
    In response to the data we gathered in our 2016 System Improvement Survey, we're excited to announce the launch of a new customer service tool. It looks like this:



    The data in the survey was clear: some bike and station maintenance problems have been going unreported, in part because of issues of ease and comfort with our current phone and email options.

    Today, we're launching a new form that lets riders report non-urgent bike and station maintenance issues from their smartphone or desktop computer.

    Here's now it works:
    • Every time you successfully return a bike, you'll now receive an email confirming that successful return, along with a text message, if you've signed up for SMS alerts
    • Contained in that email/text will be a link to the new customer service form
    • In addition to reporting problems, this form will provide recommendations based on the type of problem you encounter
    This new tool is intended to fill in a gap. As always, the best course of action when you need immediate assistance is to call us.

    We hope you find this new tool helpful. If there's anything that you think we could do to improve your experience, please let us know.

    Happy riding!
  • 2016 System Improvement Survey wrap up

    by Kevin Bell | Dec 16,2016

    Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to complete our 2016 System Improvement Survey. We had a record response rate this year—338 responses total, representing around 15% of our total membership base. Let's talk about what we'll be doing in 2017, followed by the details of the survey responses.

     

    A summary of what’s going to change in 2017:

     

    Since this is probably what you came for, let’s get right into it. Here’s what’s coming in 2017:

     

    • A new mobile customer service tool
    • App-based AND text-based checkout
    • At least a few new stations!
    • Keeping the gear ratio of our bikes the same
    • Tightening up our brakes
    • Additional operations hours to improve system balancing

     

    How are we doing overall?

     

    Here’s how your average scores from 1-10 broke down for our three major categories:

     

     

    Overall Average Score

    Biggest Success

    Biggest Area To Improve

    Bikes

    8.07

    Tires (8.60)

    Brakes (7.41)

    Stations

    8.21

    Overall appearance (8.86)

    Full/empty stations (7.31)

    Customer Service

    9.11

    Friendliness (9.50)

    Response time (8.80)

     

    And here’s what you said about things we could work on to improve Boulder B-cycle in 2017:

    Number one improvement

    Let’s go through some of the subjects the survey addressed and examine in more detail what we learned, and the changes we plan on implementing moving forward:

    Bike Maintenance:

    Almost everyone (95.4%) thought that the quality of the bikes has either stayed the same or improved in the last 12 months:

    Bike Quality

    That’s good news, but we still think we can do better. We’d love for a majority of next year’s riders to say that the quality of bikes has not just stayed the same, but improved. So, how do we get there?

    In particular, your comments suggest that brakes could be a bit tighter. As old Uncle Wally used to say, “going is optional, stopping is not.” We’ll work on tightening up the brakes in 2017!

    In this year’s survey, we also explored the option of changing the gear ratio of B-cycles to either improve hill climbing or top speed. Here’s what you said:

    Gear Ratio

    The plurality of users want to keep the bikes how they are, so that’s what we’ll do.

    As in previous years, there were also a number of comments on the bike hardware itself, such as the weight of the bikes, the size of the basket, and the aesthetics. While we have made some proprietary upgrades to the bikes (such as new bells, grips and pedals), it’s important to keep in mind that we don’t manufacture the bikes we use in our system, and most of these same characteristics exist by design across all bike sharing bikes regardless of the manufacturer. Bike share bikes are designed to have sturdier frames, large cargo capacity, dynamo-powered lights and internally-geared hubs, all of which contribute to a particular weight and aesthetic.

    Finally, there were a few questions and comments about adding cup holders or phone docks to bikes, so let’s talk about that: We actually made it to the prototyping stage with a corporate partner for one such accessory earlier this year. Two factors ended up killing the cup/phone holder. First, the small-scale manufacturing cost was prohibitive. Second, as you may know, B-cycles tend to bounce a bit going over bumps, and we weren’t keen on offering a cup holder and phone dock, only for riders to have drinks and phones bounce out of them, spilling and breaking.

    Station maintenance:

    Overall, your impressions of our station maintenance were slightly more favorable than your opinions of our bike maintenance. 98.6% of riders felt that station quality has stayed the same or improved in the last 12 months:

    Station Quality

    That being said, one of the biggest areas you identified for improvement system-wide was the issue of full and empty stations. Nearly 57% of respondents identified having run into this problem in the past 12 months—more on that below. In response, we’re aiming to increase our balancing efforts in 2017. In particular, thanks to our recent successful Colorado Gives Day campaign, we’ll be able to expand balancing completed by bike trailer through our B.E.A.S.T. program throughout the busiest months of the year.

    Customer service:

    Overall, customer service was the area you gave us the highest ratings on, and we think that’s great. However, there’s still more work to be done to both reduce the number of reasons for you to contact customer service in the first place, and to improve the ease of of the overall customer experience.

    Here are the problems riders ran into in 2016, and how that compared to 2015:

    customer service problems chart

    The incidence of some problems increased, while the incidence of others decreased. Overall, we’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t see a more substantial decrease in some areas, so we’ll redouble our efforts on the operations side to mitigate the identified problems.

    There were a number of comments in this year’s survey about a text-based or mobile-based customer service tool. We’re excited to announce that we’re working on that! This tool will launch in early 2017, with the aim of increasing the reporting of maintenance issues, as well as reducing the time riders spend on customer service issues. You can expect an announcement on that soon.

    The checkout process:

    One of the things we wanted to assess this year was how you felt about the bike checkout process and what new checkout options we should put our resources toward in the future. First, we asked what method you used most frequently and what you thought of the overall quality of the experience on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s what you said:

    Credit card checkout: 7.70
    B-card checkout: 8.91

    The lesson from those results is clear: If you’re using your credit card to grab bikes and don’t love it, switch to using your B-card. It’s faster, and you’ll probably like it more.

    As for future checkout methods, we asked you to rank five checkout options from 1 (least favorable to 5 (most favorable). Here’s what you said:

    Checkout methods

    Checkout by B-card was the overall favorite, followed by the possibility of checkout by a different RFID card, such as a student ID or ecopass. There was also a strong preference for the possibility of mobile app checkout, and nobody seemed particularly jazzed about checkout by text message.

    Let’s start with the good news: Two of these new checkout methods are coming within the next few weeks. Our software developer has finally released a new version of the BCycle app (different from the B-cycle Now app most of you use) which will allow mobile-app based checkout once our stations are ready. This will will require us to update a few components at some of our older stations, a process which is currently underway. These updates will also make text-message checkout available. We’ll send a system-wide email as soon as this new mobile app is Boulder-ready.

    And now for the bad news: while the enthusiasm among riders for using an EcoPass or student ID to check out bikes is clear, that option is not likely to happen in Boulder due to the limitations of the technology we use at our stations. Simply put, our stations are not set up to read the radio frequencies that either EcoPasses or CU student ID cards emit.

    The price tag to refit our stations to read those cards? Just shy of a half million dollars.

    Yikes.

    While we don’t mind investing in improvements to our program, we think that cost is simply too high for what it yields—Slimming your wallet down by a few millimeters.

    Coupled with the fact that neither an EcoPass nor a student ID card is tied to a credit card (something we require of all riders), we feel that our resources are best invested elsewhere.

    Station Locations

    Overall, as in previous years, station locations were the number one area identified for system improvement. Unfortunately, stations are also the single most expensive component of our program. Yay! Let’s look at the five most-requested sites in order of popularity and talk about what it takes to make a station happen:

    1. Table Mesa & Broadway
    2. Table Mesa Park N Ride
    3. Various sites on CU campus
    4. East Boulder/Arapahoe Corridor
    5. North Boulder

    This list is fairly similar to what we’ve seen in years past. Table Mesa & Broadway and the Table Mesa Park N Ride have been our most-requested locations for the entire history of the program, and we’ve been working to make them happen for the better part of five years. The increased request for CU stations this year was a wonderful surprise, and a product of the fact that CU ridership has exploded in the last 12 months.

    So, what are we doing to get new stations in the ground?

    The unfortunate reality of siting new stations is that it’s a long and arduous process. We’ll be writing a more detailed blog post about that process soon, but suffice it to say the process involves securing sufficient funding, identifying sites of proper housing and employment density, avoiding floodplains, securing either private land use permission or public right-of-way access, and more.

    We’re generally reluctant to talk about the station sites we’re working on securing for the simple reason that with all of the aforementioned moving parts involved, we don’t want to get your hopes up too high. We’ve seen enough station plans fall through (including some of the locations mentioned above) for one reason or another that we don’t want to make promises we can’t keep.

    Here’s what we’re comfortable saying about where we’re at in the station siting process: The City of Boulder is working on our behalf to secure additional grant funding for future stations, and we’re currently navigating the bureaucracy of both RTD and CU to assess the feasibility of adding more stations on their property. We are confident that at least one of the locations identified above will be installed within a few months, and optimistic that at least one more of them will follow in the next 12 months.

    Pricing

    Broadly speaking, Republic Riders and People’s Pedalers were satisfied with both the sign-up and per-trip cost of their passes. The Casual Cruiser pass, which is our least popular pass at the moment, told a different story. We’ll be exploring alternative pricing for that pass in early 2017.

    Wrapping up

    A few subjects touched on in this survey deserve posts of their own, so we’ll be revisiting some operations considerations on this blog in the coming weeks. Again, thank you to everyone who took our survey, and to everyone who rode in 2016. Keep your eyes out for formal announcements about the updates we have planned for 2017.

    As always, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email with questions, comments or concerns.

    Bike on!

  • The perfect gift: 2 for 1 Republic Rider passes all month long!

    by Kevin Bell | Dec 08,2016
    Wow! It's December already, which means it's time for our best membership deal of the year:

    2 for 1 Republic Rider Passes 12/16

    That's right: Whether you're joining for the first time, renewing an existing pass, or buying one as a gift, $88 gets you two full years of riding!

    Here's how this deal (valid through 12/31) works:

    • If you've already got a Republic Rider pass, you can renew at any time—Simply log in at the top right corner of this page and click that big red 'Renew' button.
      • Renewing will tack an extra 365 days onto your existing expiration date.
    • If you're signed up for a different pass type and want to upgrade, shoot us an email and we'll start the upgrade process.
    • If you want to make a gift purchase, email us with how many passes you'd like and we'll get you set up with certificates.
    • Once you've made your initial purchase, let us know and we'll send you a code for your second free pass!
      • You can give the second year as a gift or keep it for yourself—we don't care!
    Note: This offer only applies to full price pass purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • Unleash the B.E.A.S.T.: Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!

    by Kevin Bell | Nov 21,2016
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    Hey Boulder, 

    If you've ever been B-cycling around town during our peak ridership months, you've probably encountered our beloved B.E.A.S.T.: The Boulder Electric-Assist Service Trailer. 

    This thing!
    We love The B.E.A.S.T. because it allows us to move up to three B-cycles at a time between stations without any fossil fuel emissions. On top of that, it can often navigate the streets and paths of Downtown Boulder better than our truck, particularly when large events are taking place.
    In fact, the only thing we don't like about The B.E.A.S.T. is that there's only one of them!

    That's why for this year's Colorado Gives Day, we're asking for your help to Unleash The B.E.A.S.T. and expand our fleet of B.E.A.S.T.s!

    Here's the low-down:
    • For every $5,000 we raise, we can build out a new custom B.E.A.S.T. trailer and hire a B.E.A.S.T. Master for the summer.
      • That's just $2 per active rider!
      • The more we raise, the more B.E.A.S.T.s we can add!
    • As a way of giving back to the Boulder community, we're hoping to hire graduates of Community Cycles' Transitions Earn-A-Bike program for these new positions, which provides opportunities for at-risk and disabled youth.
    • Expanding our B.E.A.S.T. fleet will help to alleviate full and empty stations in the downtown core, particularly around large events.
    This year, 100% of your Colorado Gives Day donation will go towards this program.
    Plus, when you give on Tuesday, December 6th, your donation will be matched in part by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank, and all transaction fees will be waived. 
    Maximize your impact. Schedule your donation today! You can find our Colorado Gives Day page here: 
    Make sure to choose CO Gives Day as your donation type.

    Thank you for your support!
  • New station alert: 30th & Marine!

    by Kevin Bell | Nov 04,2016
    A map and photo of the 30th & Marine bike sharing station

    Get excited! We just launched our 41st station!

    Say hello to 30th & Marine: Located at the Southeast corner of the intersection, across from Scott Carpenter Park, this 15-dock station was fully funded by the University of Colorado. Thanks, CU!

    Remember, all CU students, staff, and faculty are eligible for discounted B-cycle passes. Check it out.
  • A message from the board

    by Kevin Bell | Oct 31,2016

    It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces James Waddell’s departure as Executive Director of Boulder B-Cycle, effective November 4th, 2016.

    Since 2012, James has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his inspiring leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor. We want to thank him for the 4 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments at Boulder B-Cycle, including:

    • Moving our system to operating 24/7 and 365 days a year.
    • Expanding our system of stations and bikes by more than 100%.
    • Expanding total pass sales by 51%:  11,559 to 17,491.
    • Increasing annual trips by 327%: 25,354 to 82,927.

    Under James’ guidance, bike sharing in Boulder has becoming an indispensable transit option and amenity to the residents, workers, students and visitors of Boulder.  “We are an important contributor to the City of Boulder’s stated goal of achieving a 15% bicycle mode share and I take pride in helping Boulder confirm its status as one of the most bike friendly cities in the country,” said Mr. Waddell.

    Kevin Crouse, long term Operations Director, has been appointed Interim Executive Director while the Board begins planning for the future.

    Again, we cannot thank James enough for the passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given Boulder B-Cycle over the past 4 years. We look forward to following the success of his career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of Boulder B-Cycle as we continue to support our community. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at gomulinski@citywidebanks.com.

    Sincerely,

    Gary Gomulinski, Chair, Board of Directors, Boulder B-Cycle

  • 5 reasons why fall is the best time to bike

    by Kevin Bell | Oct 19,2016

    (Editor’s note: all opinions contained herein are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder B-cycle as a whole.)

    (Editor’s note two: the ‘editor’ referenced herein is also the author of this blog post. We’re a very small company.)

    While summer is the time of year that most people associate with outdoor recreation—cycling included—not all of us here at Boulder B-cycle love summer biking the most. I’d like to make the case that fall biking is way, way better. In fact, I’m going to go one step further and make this the hottest of hot takes: Fall is far and away the best season for biking. Let me break it down for you:

    1. The weather

    While Colorado is fortunate to be free from the moist, sticky grip of the stifling humidity that plagues, well, most of the rest of the world, there’s no denying that summer here is still hot. So hot, in fact, that for a few months out of the year, most of us don’t even feel like ourselves because we can’t wear the Official Colorado Uniform: the flannel shirt.

    Flannel Shirt

    AKA 35% of my personality

    So, when you do choose to get out there bike around in the summer heat, even clad in some clearly inferior breathable item, along comes a little pal known as sweat.

    Keith Sweat
    Not this one, unfortunately.

    And I get it: not everyone is a perpetually damp perspiration monster like I am. Especially with the cooling effect of the Boulder Creek, a summer spin around town can be quite refreshing. But think about it this way: what do we love most about fall? We love coming in from a crisp evening to hot drinks and fireplaces. Fall biking warms you in exactly the same way that these familiar comforts do.

    What I’m saying is that biking is the pumpkin spice latte of fall recreation.

    2. The apparel

    Undeniably, summer cycling attire has its utility and even its acolytes, but given the choice of year-round fashion icon, not all of us would choose Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away.


    Dennis Christopher Breaking Away

    I just don't have the arms for it.

    Fall cycling gives us the opportunity to don a universally flattering and always iconic piece of outerwear—the jacket. I’m talking bombers, boleros, harringtons, windbreakers, even nehru jackets if that’s your jam. Once October hits, you too can join the leagues of Cool Jacket People and bike around town looking like The Fonz, Beatrix Kiddo, Michael Jackson, or, if you want to take your accessory game to the next level and add gloves to the mix, Ryan Gosling in Drive.

    Ryan Gosling's Biking

    A real human being, and a real hero.

    3. The scenery

    Fall hits every sense in a way that no other season does: it’s unmatched for variety of color, smell, sound, and (probably) taste, for those of you brave enough to chow down on the Colonel’s Original Recipe Extra Crispy Foliage.

    Kentuck Fried Leaves
    Tastes like harvest.

    The Boulder Creek Path may provide a cool respite from the summer heat, but let’s face it: fall is a superior season for Creek Path recreation. There’s something uniquely magical about whizzing through falling leaves that I can’t quite put my finger on.

    hyper leaves
    Wait—there it is.

    4. The festivities

    Fall is just lousy with awesome stuff that you can bike to without breaking a sweat—hayrides, trick-or-treating, football games, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, orchards, and just about everything else that fattens you up for the long winter.

    But you’re not worried about that, because you’re working off those calories by bike. Smart!

    Plus, it’s rare to be able to ride around on a bike in costume without getting funny looks.

    Bike costume

    Well, it would be rare if we lived in a normal city. But you get the idea. Source.

    5. Discounted B-cycle passes!

    Bet you didn't see that coming—You just got Content Marketed!

    Right now, you can sign up and get $11 off a Republic Rider (Annual) pass—normally $88. Use the code FALLBIKE to take advantage of this offer. And don’t tell me you don’t need a B-cycle because you own a bike—that’s no excuse!

    What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a chill in the air, leaves in your hair, and no sweat in your underwear!


    Start Riding

  • 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

  • Rider alert: Two station relocations coming next week

    by Kevin Bell | Jul 25,2016
    We've got some exciting news! Two of our least-used stations are being relocated next week to higher-traffic areas in an effort to improve our service network.

    Here's what's up:

    33rd & Fisher moving to 30th & Diagonal
    Tuesday, 8/2

    33rd & Fisher moving to 30th & Diagonal


    This Boulder County-supported station is moving from the Clerk & Recorder's Building at 33rd & Fisher to the southeast corner of 30th & Diagonal Highway, next to the Bus-Then-Bike shelter. This relocation will provide service to riders de-boarding buses coming into Boulder off of the Diagonal Highway.  

    Thanks again to Boulder County for their ongoing support of our program! 

    Closest station to old site: 38th & Arapahoe


     

    Wilderness Place moving to 9th & Pearl
    Wednesday, 8/3

     

    Wilderness Place moving to 9th & Pearl

     

    This relocation, funded by our 2015 Colorado Gives Day campaign, will move the Wilderness Place station to the southwest corner of 9th & Pearl. This station will serve to mitigate parking and transportation issues surrounding the new development taking place on the West End of Pearl Street.
     
    Thanks again to all of our generous Colorado Gives Day donors!
     
    Closest station to old site: UCAR Center Green
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