DENVER (CBS4) – Riding bikes to see a Broncos game is becoming more popular in Denver, and now fans on two wheels have a way to park without worry.
The Denver Broncos and Denver B-cycle started a valet bike parking program this year at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“We watch the bikes for free,” Denver B-cycle marketing director Sue Baldwin said.
The valet area fits as many as 500 bicycles, and fans can store their helmets with their bikes in the secure area when they park them. There’s no charge, but donations to Denver Bike Sharing (a non-profit that owns and operates the Denver B-cycle program) are accepted.
Ryan Roberts and his friend found the experience a lot better than trying to drive to the game in a car.
“Trying to get in and find parking or pay for parking and then trying to get back out after the game? It’s 100 hundred times faster with a bike,” Roberts said before Sunday’s game.
“We wanted to get in to see all the pre-game festivities and we knew that we could just come on in and not have to sit through all that madness (in the parking lot),” his friend said.
The valet system opens three hours before kickoff and closes an hour after the game is over. It’s located between gates 3 and 4 and adjacent to parking lot J.
The Broncos and Denver B-cycle released the following details about the valet process, which will be available for the Broncos six remaining regular season home games.
The Broncos Bike Valet will be located adjacent to parking lot J and outside of Gate 4 at the stadium.
The bike valet will be staffed and operated by volunteers from Denver Bike Sharing, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that owns and operates the Denver B-cycle program.
Like a coat check, you sign a claim check and give us your bike. We give you the ticket stub. After the event, you return the stub and we return your bicycle.
Q: Can I park a B-cycle at the bike valet?
A: Yes. Riders will be able to bring their B-cycles directly to Sports Authority Field rather than docking at the B-cycle stations closest to the stadium at 4th & Walnut (318 Walnut St) and 23rd & Clay (2301 Clay St). No extra usage charges will be incurred during the game and will be available for riders who rode in on B-cycles to ride home and return their bike to a station.
Q: Can I check out a B-cycle at the bike valet?
A: No. If you did not ride a B-cycle to the game, you will not be able to originate a B-cycle trip as no kiosk will be in place to gather user information or credit card data.
Q: Do I need a lock?
A: Yes. Although the bike valet area is secure and attended at all times and a lock is not needed at Valet, we strongly recommend you bring a u-lock anyway. We may be at capacity (and you might want to stop somewhere for a snack after the game).