Connecting Your Bike Ride to CO’s Public Transit
Imagine a stress-free commute. Better yet, imagine one that actually reduces your stress. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Commuting outside of a car has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve productivity.
But the tired refrain returns: “I live too far from work to walk or bike.” No more. RTD now has options allowing you to connect your daily bus or rail ride with your bike so that you can, final- ly, commute without your car.
All RTD buses are equipped with bike racks on the front of the bus, which can hold two bikes of any size and can fit tires up to 2.35 inches in width. Regional and SkyRide buses also offer baggage bins, which can carry bikes underneath the bus.
Bikes are also welcomed on all light rail and commuter rail trains, no permit necessary, at any time of day. But for light rail trains, make sure to board with your bike only at designated doors. You can even take your bike to Denver International Airport on the new University of Colorado A Line!
Parking your bike is easy at RTD stops, too. Most bus, rail or Park-n-Ride stations have bike racks, and many offer bike lockers that can hold one bike plus gear. Lockers cost $30 per six-months, plus a one-time padlock fee of $20. To apply for a bike locker, you need only turn in an initial lease agreement (found on RTD’s website) in person at Civic Center Station, Union Station, Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station, or Downtown Boulder Station.
Commuters headed to Boulder can also use Bus-then-Bike Shelters. Built for free long-term bike parking, these shelters let you combine bus and bike by riding the first or final mile to or from a transit stop. Currently Bus-then-Bike shelters are available in Boulder County’s main transportation hubs. For access, sign up at BusThenBike.com.
Another way to combine transit and biking in a trip is with B-Cycle, the bike-sharing program in Denver and Boulder.
B-Cycle is great if you need a bike on both ends of your trip. Use your own bike to get to the bus or train and use a B-Cycle to get to your destination. There are B-Cycle stations at the following RTD stations:
- Decatur-Federal Station
- Union Station (one at light rail station and one at Wewatta Pavilion)
- 10th and Osage Station
- 18th and California Station
- 27th and Welton Station
Memberships can be purchased at any B-Cycle station or online.