DENVER (CBS4) – Denver B-cycle is bring back its popular annual pass and rolling out a new website. Denver’s first-in-the-nation urban bike-sharing program is evolving to try to meet riders’ needs.
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The annual passes went away last year, but Denver B-cycle executive director Nick Bohnenkamp tells CBS4 he’s heard from riders that they wanted them back, so they’re now available again.
There are two annual pass levels. Both allow unlimited number of rides, as long as riders return the bike and click in at a station under a certain time limit.
A $95 Annual Pass includes free rides of under 30 minutes. Pay a little more, $135, and the Annual Plus Pass extends to free rides under 60 minutes.
Bohnenkamp says annual members are among B-cycle’s best ambassadors at spreading the word about the system.
The new passes also come with two free 24-hour guest passes that can be given to friends for use anytime throughout the year. If you keep the bike out beyond the limit, overtime fees apply–$5 for each half-hour beyond the allotted grace period. Denver B-cycle has close to 3,000 annual members.
Bohnenkamp says walkup business to the kiosks is still the biggest business for B-cycle, with about 60,000 rider purchases a year. Those rates vary. Riders can get a 24-hour pass for $9 allowing unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less.
A better bargain for locals is the $15 monthly pass with the same restrictions. Another option is the $15 annual Flex Pass, with a pay-as-you-go rate of $3 per half-hour of use.
Annual passes have another big benefit—the same access to B-cycle bikes in Boulder and other cities with the program.
Denver B-cycle launched a new website Friday that includes quick access to the most important information—an easier to understand pricing chart and tips on how to check out a B-cycle. It also features a colorful slideshow of places to go in downtown Denver and adjacent B-cycle served neighborhoods.