It’s been a good year for Boulder B-cycle, Boulder’s nonprofit bike share program. The organization has completed its 2014 expansion project, growing from 22 to 38 bike-sharing stations and 150 to 280 bikes over the course of the last few months. The program also recently celebrated the 100,000th trip taken on its iconic red bikes since launching in 2011.
The additional 16 stations were funded through a combination of a federal transportation grant and local match dollars contributed from various entities around Boulder.
“When we launched our non-profit bike-sharing system back in 2011 we were one of the first in the country,” says James Waddell, executive director for Boulder Bcycle. “In the short time since then, more than 30 other cities have followed suit. We’re proud to have been a trailblazer and leader in this movement and will continue to grow our system in the coming years to ensure that more and more people have access to an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and fun transportation system.”
To date, Boulder B-cycle estimates that its bike share users in Boulder have offset 170 tons of carbon, saved more than 13,000 gallons of gas and burned more than 14,000,000 calories.
B-cycle is a great way to get around the city, as well as connect to public transit like buses. The majority of new stations are located near public transit spots. Ease of use is further improved by the availability of Denver’s bike share system, Denver B-cycle, to all Boulder B-cycle annual members. Employees and students commuting to or from Denver now have even more bikes available at both ends of their trips. In both cities, all trips under 30 minutes are included in the cost of annual membership.
For the latest Boulder B-cycle news, a full map of bike-sharing stations and answers to frequently asked questions, visit boulderbcycle.org.