Yesterday the city of Denver celebrated Earth Day by launching the first large-scale bike sharing network in the US! Dubbed B-Cycle, the program offers offers roughly 400 red Trek B-cycles at 40 B-stations throughout the City. A launch event at the City and County buildings kicked off the program and afterward the Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper, led a bike parade around the Civic Center Park.

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Like us, you probably though that bike sharing had already starting in the US, but it turns out Denver is the first city to get a large-scale bike sharing network. B-Cycle’s bikes will be placed at the B-Stations today and tomorrow, and “ambassadors” of B-Cycle will be on hand to help familiarize Denverites with the program and answer questions. There are 40 conveniently located B-Stations throughout the city, and anyone can pick a bike up, ride it and then return it to any station. Stations are located throughout downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and University of Denver, among other areas. By this summer, B-Cycle hopes to have 500 bikes and up to 50 stations.

Memberships keep things simple and relatively cost-effective. A 7-day membership costs $20, a 30-day costs $30 and an annual membership costs $65, and riders can also buy a 24-hour pass for $5. Once you start riding, there is no charge for the first half hour, but afterwards there is a charge for how long you ride the bike. B-Cycle was in part funded by a $450,000 sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente, along with a slew of other funders. Congratulations to Denver, and to other cities considering this option, B-Cycle is exploring other cities for this bike-sharing program as well. Maybe yours could be next.

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