Denver, Colo., is going green. Mayor John Hickenlooper has recently announced plans for a new bike-sharing program called Denver B-Cycle. By the summer of 2009, this eco-friendly initiative will have instituted 30-40 bike rental stations throughout the city where people may rent bikes for free on a daily basis. Conveniently located near hotels, light-rail stations, college campuses and museums, bike rental stations are easily accessible to both visitors and residents. All that is required is a swipe of your credit card, and you leave with a bike of your own. Bike rentals are entirely free as long as the bike is returned to the rental location by 10 a.m. the following business day.
The B-Cycle program has brought over 500 bikes to Denver’s streets and encourages everyone to enjoy this beautiful city from a biker’s perspective. Indeed, Denver boasts one of the largest bike networks in the country — over 850 miles of paved bike trails — and is currently incorporating bike lanes and shared lane arrows on city streets to ensure the safety of city bikers.