Denver’s B-cycle Opens for Second Season

Denver B-cycle

Denver’s B-cycle bike sharing system opened for its second season this week. Last year, B-Cycle members took 102,981 rides totaling 211,111 miles on the system’s 500 bicycles. Approximately 20% of those rides were multi-modal, combining bike trips with bus and light rail.

More at the Denver Post

[via Cyclelicious]

11 Responses to “Denver’s B-cycle Opens for Second Season”

  • Phil says:

    So I guess this means the UN has completed their successful takeover of the city. Right?

  • Roland Smith says:

    Interesting that the average ride length is about 2 miles. I’ve seen that figure before in cycling related discussion. Wasn’t it that a significant percentage of car trips in the US was 2 miles tops?

  • Mike Shoup says:

    In UN controlled Denver, bicycle rides you!

    B-Cycle is so awesome. I’m glad to be riding them again. I hope next winter they don’t shut down again. Denver does get snow, but it isn’t as bad one might expect. We do get something like 300 days of sunshine a year, many of those are in winter.

  • Alan says:

    Roland,

    According to the CLIF 2-Mile Challenge website, 40% of U.S. urban travel is 2 miles or less, with 90% of those made by car.

    Alan

  • Brent says:

    I keep meaning to try b-cycle, mainly because i want to try one of the bikes. I never got around to it last year, partially because I though, why am I going to walk 4 blocks to pay 5 dollars to ride a bicycle when I have a perfectly good one right by the front door? This year I need to throw practicality to the wind and give it a try.

    It would be good to test a 3 speed on some of my regular trips to see if that would be practical for me. Plus I’ve never ridden a bike with a coat guard before. Yeah, there you go. It’s research

  • Alan says:

    I’m with you, Brent. If we had a bike sharing system here in Sacramento, I’d be unable to resist taking one for a spin.

    Alan

  • dominic furfaro says:

    The article says the 500 bikes went a total of 211,111 miles over 7 months. The average bike was ridden 2 miles per day or about 420 miles in the season. So there we have it. Fleet mileage of one thousand miles of biking per day. Seems to be a paltry number of miles comparative to all recreation and transportation miles ridden in the Denver area, but that number of miles is and will always be unknown. Denver and Minneapolis Nice Ride are going into second seasons. Nice Ride is expanding and is relentlessly fundraising. Time will tell how sustainable these enterprises are and if as they claim, bike sharing will spur other or new bicycle use. Money is tight and as I see in your refurb post, resurrecting a garage bike is one way to get a bike on the road for little money.

  • Alan says:

    Dominic,

    I don’t necessarily see bike sharing as a replacement for personal bicycles as much as an extension of public transit. For example, I can envision taking a train downtown, grabbing a B-cycle or its equivalent, riding it across town to dinner and a show, picking up another bike later in the evening to get back across town, then taking a bus or train home. I can also imagine car commuters using them for quick trips near their work during the day when it’s more trouble than it’s worth to check a car out of a parking garage and re-park it somewhere else.

    Alan

  • dominic furfaro says:

    Alan, its the age old question “what came first the chicken or the egg” Minneapolis has one train line. Future lines are years out. The demographics of the population on this line are the very well off in downtown and the struggling middle class along the majority of the line. During the first season, the bike share served the downtown population. The remainder of the line did not get service. Public transit cost are increasing in Minneapolis. Ridership may think twice about spending 5 dollars to get somewhere else unless the scheme can be tied into a transfer system. Sorry to be so real about this, but the bike share has always been about increasing bike awareness. In a way that is naive of me to think so, but that is me. For the cities that have bike sharing, what will emerge is anyones guess in this early development stage.

  • mike t says:

    @Phil

    With any luck, this means free blue helmets! :)

  • Bettina says:

    I am glad the red bikes are back, they make me smile every time I walk by them! Last year my bike club organized a sort of city tour using them, biking from station to station (short rides are free except for the day fee, I think) but I couldn’t go. I hope they do it again because I would like to try one of those out, too!

 
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