Earlier this week we celebrated my brother-in-laws birthday by attending an evening rockies game and having some snacks about town. We had a little bit of time to kill before first pitch so we decided it would be really fun to go for a spontaneous bike ride around lower downtown.
(renting our b-cycles / the station full of bikes to choose from)
Denver is one of the healthiest cities in the country with a mission to also become one of the greenest too. In attempts to reduce obesity, lower carbon emissions and provide affordable, alternative transportation, b-cycle was born. Since april 2010, nearly 100 b-cycle stations have popped up all over metro-denver. The idea is simple, stop by any b-cycle location, rent out a bike for as little as 30 minutes, for 24 hours or riders can even get an annual membership for less than $100 and you are on your way.
(riding through platte park / stopping by union station for a quick photo opp)
We picked up our bikes at the 17th and blake station and set off through the streets of lodo. Our ride was the leisurely kind, passing by union station, a quick jaunt through platte park, past coors field and through crowds of people heading to the game. You can drop off your b-cycle at any station around town so we made our way to 22nd and market where we ended our ride.
(ryan on his b-cycle / riding through the streets of denver)
The whole experience was so much fun and something about biking through the city on a whim really added to the day. B-cycle is the first web-enabled, credit card operated bike sharing system based in the country. Other cities have followed suit and b-cycle programs are now in places like charolette, des moines, houston, kansas city, madison, nashville and salt lake city (just to name a few).
b-cycle did not sponsor this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own.