Since 2010

Denver Bike Sharing

A Registered Non-Profit 501(c)3


Why Bikes?
In 2007, 1.6% of Denver commuters bicycled to work, however 8.5% of commuters had less than 10 minutes in travel time to work, and an additional 14.2% traveled between 10 and 14 minutes to work (U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey. 2007) meaning that many more commuters could choose to ride a bicycle.

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What is bike sharing?

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.

Who is Denver Bike Sharing?

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.

Why did the City of Denver launch a bike sharing program?

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.

Are tax dollars going to the program?

No. Denver Bike Sharing receives its funds through grants, sponsorships, memberships, and transaction fees.

What are the benefits of bike sharing?

  1. 1A short, four-mile round trip by bicycle keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

  2. 2Cyclists are exposed to less pollution than taxi or bus passengers.

  3. 3Five billion gallons of fuel are wasted every year from cars idling in traffic.

  4. 4Those same traffic delays represent nine billion dollars in lost productivity.

  5. 5Overall, traffic congestion costs the US economy $78 billion a year.

  6. 6The average commuter spends 50 hours every year stuck in traffic.

  7. 7By 2032 traffic delays will more than double and CO2 emissions traced to congestion will reach 60 million tons.

  8. 8The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

  9. 9At least 30 minutes of exercise is recommended at least 5 days a week.

  10. 10A fifteen minute bicycle ride to and from work five times a week can burn the equivalent of 11 pounds of fat in a year.

  11. 11The average American household spends more on transportation than on clothing, health care, and entertainment combined.

  12. 12On average, 18% of household expenditures are for transportation.

  13. 13Bicycling 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..

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,

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,

Is a helmet required to use a Denver B-cycle?

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.

What precautions are being taken to prevent vandalism and theft?

Bikes are equipped with technology such as GPS and RFID tags (radio-frequency identification) for tracking and security purposes. If the bike is not returned within 36 hours, the user's credit card will be charged a $1,188 “Bike Replacement Fee”. If a bike is considered or reported as stolen, $1188 may be charged immediately. If a bike is recovered in a reasonable amount of time then the Fee may be refunded, less the damage & labor to bring the b-cycle back to operable condition.

What are the operation schedule and maintenance procedures for the B-cycles?

Denver Bike Sharing, a charitable nonprofit 501(c)3 has been established to operate Denver B-cycle. 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 for additional information on Denver B-cycle.

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