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  • We Have Big, Big Plans In The Works...Stay Tuned!

    by Sara Michaels | Jan 12,2021
    Staytuned


    Our team has been hard at work to bring new plans into the new year. That's about all we can say for now. Follow our social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be sure you don't miss out on this big, big news when it is announced! We wish we could even give you a 'clue' but this news is too exciting to leak early as we are still pulling the final pieces together!! 
  • So Much Gratitude For Our Boulder County Grant Win!!

    by Sara Michaels | Jan 12,2021
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    Boulder Bike Sharing has been awarded a $50,000 Boulder County Nonprofit Emergency Relief Grant. This grant program is intended to "...provide organization-level support for continued financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency," and it is helping BBS to continue providing an essential transportation option through the winter after having reduced system ridership and revenue this spring and summer.
  • Record Number of Annual Trips for 2020!! // December 29, 2020

    by Sara Michaels | Dec 29,2020
    Boulder B-cycle Trips 2018-2020 Year-to-Date




    This year we officially set a new ANNUAL RECORD for system use! More TRIPS were taken in the year of 2020 than any previous year! Thanks to all our members, partners and riders for all the trips that were taken to reach this pinnacle, and the year isn't over just yet! 

    Because we were seen as an 'essential' service when the pandemic began back in March, we jumped right in with the cleaning and sanitizing of all our station and bike touch points.  Our bikes were deemed safer than public transport (bus) and also ride share (Lyft, Uber). This really increased trips once the order loosened for folks to go to school, work and other essential locations. 

    As we roll into our 10th year providing bike share for the Boulder community (we turn 10 on May 20th!) - we aim to continue this trend, follow the state's COVID orders and be sure you have a safe and reliable bike to ride anywhere you need to go!


    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!

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

    by Sara Michaels | May 26,2020
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    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!

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

    by Sara Michaels | Mar 23,2020
    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 


    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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