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Enjoy a FREE BCycle DAY PASS on Friday, May 7th – Thanks to BOULDER MAGAZINE!

We have once again partnered with our wonderful local publication,Boulder Magazine, and they are offering a FREE day of trips to you on May 7th!

All day on Friday, May 7th, you can take FREE* unlimited 30-minute trips on both our classic pedal and ebikes! Next Friday looks to be sunny + warm so get ready to ride!

Best to download the free BCycle App so you can find a station near you that will indicate the # of pedal  and/or ebikes available. Select Day Pass and enter the promo code: FREERIDE (37337433).

*Remember all the rules apply, so be sure to keep your trips to 30 mins as overtime fees still apply.

Go pick up the latest Boulder Magazine Spring Issue on a stand near you!!

Thanks Boulder Mag and Happy Spinning!


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YES! It is true what you may (or may not) have heard: Boulder Bike Sharing will be dropping 100 pedal-assist ebikes into our system starting this Friday, February 26th! We beat our own launch date by a week!

Through a partnership with BCycle/Trek Bikes. These ebikes will allow riders to get up hills with ease and go farther faster, with a goal of replacing car trips and facilitating multimodal lifestyles while enabling the decade-old Boulder Bike Sharing nonprofit to experiment with a new business model. The Electric bikes will be available to all Boulder B-cycle system riders, including participants of Boulder Bike Sharing’s existing and planned equity initiatives, as the organization seeks to do its part to advance social and climate justice. Download the BCycle app or head to www.boulderbcycle.org for more information on the system’s passes, which range from pay-per-trip to monthly and annual options.


Trek’s BCycle Electric bikes feature a best-in-class BOSCH motor, Shimano brakes for safe and reliable performance in all seasons and front & rear integrated lighting for safe and visible riding. They are Class 1 ebikes with smooth pedal assist, making electrified riding feel instantly familiar to all bike riders.


Since May of 2011, Boulder Bike Sharing has been providing Boulder with reliable bike-sharing service, and the Boulder B-cycle system now counts 300 shared bikes across key areas and destinations in Boulder. Boulder was an early adopter of bike sharing, and the Boulder B-cycle system still ranks among the largest and densest for cities of a similar population. The Boulder B-cycle system has provided over 100,000 shared bike trips every year since 2017, and in 2020 set a new annual record for system use as CU students flocked to the service during the fall semester. Boulder Bike Sharing’s 2020 strategic plan calls for the electrification of the system and the exploration of partnerships and regional opportunities, and in partnership with Trek riders of the Boulder B-cycle system are almost certain to establish new ridership records in 2021.


 

Your App Sucks: The Birth of B-cycle Now

by Sara Michaels | Aug 25, 2015

We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of our app, B-cycle Now. To celebrate this awesome tool, let's take a look back on how it came to be:

Since launching in 2011, we consistently heard one piece of feedback from our riders more often than any other: "I like Boulder B-cycle, but your app sucks." We could not have agreed more, though the unfortunate reality is that it wasn't "our" app. The official B-cycle app was part of the software suite that we purchase from our vendor, B-cycle LLC, which also includes our website, station software, and back-end database. (To learn more about how our relationship with our vendor works, and the effect that has on you as a rider, you can read this recent post.)

Despite repeatedly making our riders' frustrations with the official app known to B-cycle LLC, and despite nearly a year of promises to make improvements, no visible progress was being made. At the time, we felt stuck. We knew what was wrong with the app and what we would change to provide a better user experience, but we lacked both the ability to directly change the existing app and the resources to spearhead a redesign ourselves.

App Screen

You're killing me, Smalls.


Enter TalentRiot. In late 2013, we were approached by the staff of this local software developer with a familiar refrain: "We like Boulder B-cycle, but your app sucks." This time, however, the refrain came with a postscript: "We'll build you a better app for free."

In a fortunate turn of events, TalentRiot was in the habit of giving skill-building opportunities to its developers outside of project hours in order to keep them sharp. After all, what better way to build up developers’ skills than real-world projects? It was a match made in heaven.

Talentriot logo

Cue angelic choir.


And so, based on feedback from our users, we rolled up our sleeves and sat down with the TalentRiot team to hammer out an app. Our goal was to design an app that would not only be free of the bugs and quirks of the official B-cycle app, but it would also be faster and far more user-friendly in its interface.

We couldn't be happier with the result. The difference between the two apps is night and day. This side-by-side comparison says it best:

In case you can't view that video, here's a quick summary of the improvements B-cycle Now makes:

  The Official B-cycle App
 B-cycle Now
 Selecting your city
 Manual selection from a list
 Geo-location automatically selects the nearest program
 Finding stations
Round red markers
 Pinpoint accuracy
 Finding available bikes and docks
 Click-through on each station icon
 On-screen display of color-coded bike counts
 Visualizing disconnected stations
Disconnected stations disappear entirely
 Disconnected stations indicated with '?'
 Getting directions
 Redirects to your phone's browser
 On-screen bike routes
 Visiting your city's website
 Manual selection through a cumbersome map interface
Automatic location-based selection

B-cycle Now Launched on June 24, 2014 for the 25+ B-cycle cities around the world, and we believe that it's the best app available for the needs of our riders. If you haven't downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for? It's free!

Get it now for iOS or Android.

Thanks again to TalentRiot for generously donating their time to completing this app. You guys don't suck!

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