Frequently Asked Questions
- What is bike sharing?
- Who is Denver Bike Sharing?
- Why is the City of Denver launching a bike sharing program?
- Are tax dollars going to the program?
- What are the benefits of bike sharing?
- Who else has a bike sharing program?
- What is the relationship between the City of Denver, Denver Bike Sharing, Denver B-cycle, and B-cycle?
- Is a helmet required to use a Denver B-cycle?
- What precautions are being taken to prevent vandalism and theft?
- What are the operation schedule and maintenance procedures for the B-cycles?
For more information about Denver B-cycle, visit Denver.Bcycle.com.
Bike Sharing is active transportation. It's an affordable, clean and simple way to get around town that's good for your health, your pocket, and your environment.
Bike sharing programs can now be found in Europe from Oslo to Rome. Bike sharing has changed the face of Europe and has become an integrated part of its public transportation infrastructures. We believe we can bring similar change to Denver.
Denver Bike Sharing is a Colorado non-profit corporation that has been organized and operates to promote health, quality of life and preservation of the environment in Denver. Denver Bike Sharing is a 501 (c) 3. By building and operating a comprehensive, city-wide bike sharing system, Denver Bike Sharing offers residents and visitors an alternative form of public transportation, which is both environmentally-friendly and affordable. Denver B-cycle complements and is integrated with the City’s overall transportation system.
Denver Bike Sharing has been formed at the behest of the Mayor of Denver, and its activities and programs support and carry out important elements of the City’s Strategic Transportation Plan and Climate Action Plan. Denver Bike Sharing is governed by a board of directors comprised of business and civic leaders, and will have a close relationship with the City of Denver.
The City’s vision is to change the culture of transportation in Denver by implementing bike sharing, reinforcing the innovative and environmentally focused way Denver and its leadership work toward solutions to reducing obesity, lowering carbon emissions, and providing affordable transportation.
The existing system of over 358 miles of bike routes/trails and 300 days of sunshine make Denver the perfect city for a bike sharing system. Public bike sharing is a personally and environmentally healthy solution that will improve our traffic congestion and showcase Denver’s recreation/health-related lifestyle. The City has made and continues to make strides to improve the infrastructure for safe cycling. Bike sharing supports the City’s Strategic Transportation Plan and is integrated into the larger multi-modal transportation system, including buses and the light rail, which makes Denver one of the most accessible downtown areas of any city in the U.S.
No. Denver Bike Sharing receives its funds through grants, sponsorships, memberships, and transaction fees.
- A short, four-mile round trip by bicycle keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.
- Cyclists are exposed to less pollution than taxi or bus passengers.
- Five billion gallons of fuel are wasted every year from cars idling in traffic.
- Those same traffic delays represent nine billion dollars in lost productivity.
- Overall, traffic congestion costs the US economy $78 billion a year.
- The average commuter spends 50 hours every year stuck in traffic.
- By 2032 traffic delays will more than double and CO2 emissions traced to congestion will reach 60 million tons.
- The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.
- At least 30 minutes of exercise is recommended at least 5 days a week.
- A fifteen minute bicycle ride to and from work five times a week can burn the equivalent of 11 pounds of fat in a year.
- The average American household spends more on transportation than on clothing, health care, and entertainment combined.
- On average, 18% of household expenditures are for transportation.
- Bicycling brings more than $1 billion to Colorado's state economy. The more often an employee cycles and the longer the distance traveled, the lower the rate of absenteeism.
Many European cities have bike sharing systems that have become part of everyday life for their residents.
- Paris' system is called Velib
- Lyon’s system is called Velo’v
- Barcelona’s system is called Bicing
- France’s system is called Velo Toulouse
- Montreal’s system is called Bixi
- Rome’s system is called Roma’n’bike
Paris has over 26,000 bikes which its residents use for work, school, shopping, and more. Outside of Europe, Montreal launched a bike sharing program in May 2009 with 3,000 bikes. Montreal’s bike sharing system has gotten such a positive response, they are installing 2,000 more bikes by the end of the summer.
There are U.S. cities such Minneapolis and Washington D.C. that have launched bike sharing systems. Other cities such as New York and Boston are preparing for a bike sharing system in the future. Denver was the first to launch a large-scale citywide system in the United States. There is a portal for bike sharing information from around the world located at http://bike-sharing.blogspot.com/.
What is the relationship between the City of Denver, Denver Bike Sharing, Denver B-cycle, and B-cycle?
Denver Bike Sharing was formed at the behest of the Mayor of Denver, to manage, own and operate the bike sharing system. Its activities support the goals of the City's Strategic Transportation Plan and Climate Action Plan, www.denvergov.org.
Denver Bike Sharing is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders, including two Mayoral appointees to insure a close relationship with the City of Denver.
Denver B-cycle is a joint program of Denver Bike Sharing and B-cycle LLC. Denver B-cycle is the name of Denver's bike sharing system. For example, users will ride Denver B-cycles and dock them at Denver B-cycle stations.
B-cycle LLC is the designer of the bike sharing system being operated by Denver Bike Sharing. Denver Bike Sharing has enlisted the help of B-cycle to supply the technology and hardware required to implement a bike sharing system in the Denver area, www.bcycle.com.
While helmets are not required by law in the state of Colorado, Denver B-cycle strongly recommends helmets and will remind riders regularly of the benefits.
Bikes are equipped with technology such as GPS and RFID tags (radio-frequency identification) for tracking and security purposes. If a user does not return their B-cycle within one day, a Denver B-cycle employee will call and notify the user that they must return their bike within the next 24 hours, while they are being charged by the half hour until the bike is returned. If the bike is not returned within 48 hours, the user's credit card will be charged $1,000.
Denver Bike Sharing, a charitable nonprofit 501(c)3 has been established to operate Denver B-cycle. In 2010, Denver B-cycle operated from April 22 through December 5. In 2011, the system will open March 14. The system will operate seven days a week, but will shut down between the hours of 12am and 5am. During those hours, members will be unable to check bikes out of a station, but will be able to return bikes to stations.
Regular scheduled maintenance is performed on all bikes in the Denver B-cycle system, and staff is deployed during the day to redistribute bicycle inventory to ensure consistent system-wide access.
B-stations were designed to be outdoors. Whether in rain, wind or hail, the station is designed to operate. Visit Denver.Bcycle.com for additional information on Denver B-cycle.