Denver B-cycle Announces System Expansion from 53 to 83 Stations

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HeaderDenver B-cycle System Announces Expansion from 53 to 83 Stations; Fourth Season Starts Monday, March 18 With Three New Stations at Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Auraria Campus

Kaiser Permanente Continues as Founding Funder; Frontier Airlines Becomes “Official Airline” of Denver B-cycle

Denver B-cycle today announced that 30 new stations will be installed in the coming months, expanding its service to new neighborhoods beyond its current base and nearly doubling the square miles covered by the shared bicycle system. The Denver B-cycle fleet will grow to over 700.

Among the 30 new stations, three are already installed in high-visibility locations-The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Auraria Campus. All will be in service when the 2013 season opens on Monday, March 18.

Residents of the following neighborhoods will find one or more new stations near them: West Highland, Highland, Jefferson Park, Union Station, Five Points, North Capitol Hill, City Park West, City Park, Congress Park, Cheesman Park, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park, Baker, Speer and Auraria. The new station locations have been selected specifically to complement high-use transit locations with most of them being located close to or within a mile of a bus or light rail stop.

“In just a few short years, the opening of Denver B-cycle’s season has become a rite of spring for the Mile High City-as welcome as the first tulip,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock during a morning news conference at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “The expansion plans mean that the city is embracing this simple, sustainable and powerful concept and I applaud the many community partners and corporate sponsors who have come together to make this expansion possible. Riding a bike is better for our environment and better for our collective fitness and Denver B-cycle is playing a major role on both of these important issues.”

Mayor Hancock said Denver must remain a global leader as a bike-friendly city.

“As the Capitol of the least obese state in the nation, with more sunshine and a more navigable street network than any of our competitors, there is no reason why Denver can’t push to the top of national and global rankings for bike friendliness in the coming years,” said Mayor Hancock.

Partners & Sponsors

In addition to the expansion, Denver B-cycle announced the return of presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and a new, three-year commitment from Frontier Airlines, now the “official airline” of Denver B-cycle.

“We would not be where we are today, on the threshold of a major expansion and looking ahead to an exciting 2013 season, without the wide variety of community partners and businesses that recognize the importance of the shared bicycle network and the opportunity it represents to change the way we move around the city,” said Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver B-cycle. “We appreciate Kaiser Permanente, Frontier and all our sponsors and underwriters for their critical support.”

The Denver B-cycle program has grown by leaps and bounds and it’s exciting to see so many residents and visitors traveling around our beautiful city by bicycle, ” said Donna Lynne, DrPh, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We are proud to continue our support for this program as part of our commitment to improving community health.”

Frontier Airlines’ Daniel Shurz, senior vice president, commercial said the airline’s three-year commitment to Denver B-cycle is a natural fit. “We offer friendly baggage policies that encourage our passengers to bring their bicycles when they travel and we are committed to improving the quality of life in Denver on every level. We welcome the chance to be corporate partners with Denver B-cycle and believe the shared bicycle system is poised to grow for many years to come.”

Funding for New Stations

Twenty-seven of the new stations are possible because Denver Bike Sharing has been awarded capital funding through major two public grants matched by local foundations: Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program (TCSP) awarded by the Federal Highway Administration, and Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) awarded by the Colorado Transportation Commission. Denver’s Anschutz Foundation and Gates Family Foundation provided the local match.

The two City Park stations were privately funded with donations from the Walton Family Foundation, the Piton Foundation, Encana, the Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; the Auraria station was funded by the Auraria Campus Sustainable Campus Program.

About Denver Bike Sharing

Denver B-cycle is presented by Kaiser Permanente in association with a variety of community sponsors. Denver B-cycle is owned and operated by Denver Bike Sharing, a charitable, non-profit organization.

Denver Bike Sharing serves as a catalyst for a fundamental transformation in thinking and behavior by operating a bike sharing system in Denver to enhance mobility while promoting all aspects of sustainability: quality of life, equity, the environment, economic development, and public health.

To learn more about Denver Bike Sharing, the owner and operator of Denver B-cycle, visit denver.bcycle.com or call 303-825-3325.


Denver B-Cycle is going to have local area interuptions during the Presidential Debates

DU Debate Service Interruptions

The first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign takes place on the University of Denver (DU) campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and thousands of people are expected to pour into the area for “DebateFest” and to attend the debate itself. Due to the high volume of traffic in the area on that day, please be aware of some important disruptions to B-cycle service. The B-cycle station at the Driscoll Center (2141 E. Evans Ave.) will experience service disruptions and the station at Buchtel & High (1851 S. Buchtel Ave. S.) might experience disruptions.

1. The Driscoll Center station will be inaccessible all day Wednesday and potentially earlier in the week.

2. The Buchtel & High station may be inaccessible during portions of the day on Wednesday.

For up-to-the-minute information on the station situations, visit denver.bcycle.com to check the map or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are fortunate enough to already have tickets to DebateFest, consider taking a B-cycle to the event. Riding to one of Denver’s biggest events of the year on a B-cycle will demonstrate to the national audience that we value sustainable transportation in Denver. We’ll be operating a B-cycle corral from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 3rd at the intersection of High and Warren streets. This corral will allow you to go about your normal business on a B-cycle. To learn more about our corral visit denver.bcycle.com on the day of the event and we’ll have the corral on our map. By the way, DebateFest is at capacity and no longer accepting registrations, for more information visit here.

Join the Orange Ride

This Sunday, Sept.30 Denver B-cycle and the Denver Broncos encourage you to BIKE TO THE GAME! Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders is also the day of the annual Orange Ride, designed to promote bicycling to the stadium and to promote Orange Sunday.

There are two ways to participate in this terrific annual event:

1. Meet at the Denver Pavilions (16th and Glenarm) at 11 a..m. There will be free refreshments, Broncos giveways and more. The ride to the stadium starts at 12:15 p.m. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will lead the ride on his Denver B-cycle. The ride will go from Pavilions down the 16th Street Mall and end on the south end of the stadium at the pre-game party.

2. Ride from home. Ride a B-cycle or your own bike to the stadium. There will be ample bike parking on the south end of the stadium and we’ll be waiving usage fees for all B-cyclers who come find the B-cycle booth at the bike corral.

Regardless of where you ride from, all riders will receive a complimentary Orange Ride T-Shirt and a gift bag (while supplies last) and can join in the pre-game party on the south end of the stadium starting at 12:45 p.m.

Ride a B-cycle, win an E.T. DVD

Do you love the movie E.T.? In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of “E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial,” the iconic film will be available on Blu-ray for the first time on Oct. 9 and Denver B-cycle is joining in the fun. Every time you ride B-Cycle between Sept. 25 and Oct. 9 you will be entered to win one of two copies of an “E.T.” Blu-ray Combo Pack, which of course includes the classic scene on a bicycle! Winners will be notified via email on Wednesday, Oct. 10!

Also, be on the lookout for E.T. invading B-Cycle bike baskets over the next few weeks! If you find yourself riding with E.T. in your basket, feel free to keep the figurine (pictured above). If you’re the very lucky rider to find the E.T. in your basket marked with a star, you will also win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack! To claim you prize, send a photo of you with the lucky E.T. doll!

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Free Denver B-Cycle rental on Sunday for the USA ProChallenge

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Skip Membership Fee When You Ride a B-Cycle to the Pro Cycling Time Trial on Sunday, Avoid Congestion

DENVER – Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – More than 250,000 bicycle racing fans are expected on Sunday, Aug. 26 for the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and Denver B-Cycle is waiving the daily membership fee to make it easy to maneuver around downtown Denver.

“We want to make it easy for bike racing fans to access the event and we also think it’s a great day to try the B-cycle system if you haven’t already done so,” said Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver Bike Sharing. “The whole week of the Pro-Cycling Challenge demonstrates the phenomenal mobility that a bicycle represents and even though B-cycles are not exactly built for speed, they are just as good at getting from Point A to Point B and excellent tools for getting or staying in shape.”

To try the B-cycle system on Sunday, plan ahead. Go online to http://denver.bcycle.com and click “Join Denver B-Cycle.” Fill out the profile form, select 24-Hour membership and enter USAPCC12 (all caps) in the promotion code section. The code will save you the $8 daily membership fee.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, use your credit card to access the system at any of the 53 Denver B-cycle kiosks and select “No” when you are asked if you want to purchase access at the kiosk (the system will recognize your credit card and know you have already registered). Follow the on-screen directions. Your membership will begin when you first check out a bike.

The first 30 minutes of any ride is included in your 24-hour pass. Any ride longer than 30 minutes will accrue usage fees. The credit card you have registered will be used to pay usage fees.

To avoid downtown parking challenges on Sunday, use any of the outlying Denver B-cycle kiosks (go to http://denver.bcycle.com to view locations) and ride your B-cycle to the Webb Building (201 W. Colfax Ave.) where overflow B-cycle parking will be available.

 

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