Week 2: Bike Share Roundup
by Victoria Principato
Denver’s BCycle system was simple and easy to use! It really helped complete our last mile of transportation. So far, out of the cities we’ve visited Denver has been the easiest to navigate. From the train station, there were plenty of bikes to rent at the docking station. For only $9 for a day pass, plus $5 each additional 30 minutes, the rental prices are reasonable. With docking stations throughout the city, there were plenty of places to put our bikes after we completed our trip.
Although Glenwood Springs did not have a Bike share system in place, there were plenty of rental shops to choose from! These shops also offered plenty of tours of the beautiful mountainous hiking trails Glenwood has to offer! For the less experienced biker, some shops even offer a shuttle service that takes riders and their bikes uphill, and allows riders of all abilities to enjoy the scenic views on an enjoyable, downhill cruise (which is definitely more our speed!) Because Glenwood Springs will be undergoing major construction to its main bridge, bike share may prove to be helpful to this community during this time! For example, We-Bike, an electronic bike share system, exists in the mountainous region of Aspen, Colorado. The electric feature of the bikes can be turned on whenever a rider needs assistance! In the mountainous terrain of Colorado, systems like We-Bike could be the next big thing!
Speaking of the mountainous terrain, the hills of Colorado were nothing compared to those in San Francisco! With hills at 90 degree angles, Cate and I hit a few rough patches after deciding to go rogue from the bike path. But when we stuck to the waterfront and Bay Area, we had a really enjoyable ride in San Francisco, using the city’s Ford Go Bikes! Similar to most bike share systems we’ve used, the Ford Go Bikes can be used at 30 minute increments once users pay $9 for the day. It was a really awesome way to see the city! But next time, we’ll be sure to stay on the bike path.
So far, Sacramento has had the most unique bike share system we’ve seen! Social Bikes don’t require a kiosk or docking station. Simply download the app, set up an account, and type account information into the key pad attached to the bike. All of the bikes come with a special locking system, so users can ride and drop bikes anywhere within the designated ride areas, which are plentiful and covers most of Downtown Sacramento! We thought this was such a unique concept, and could be the new way to share bikes! Right now, Social Bike is only being tested in Sacramento with 50 bikes, but hopes to expand to a full, 1,000 bike fleet by next year. Keep an eye out!