Published: Nov. 21, 2019

Chip on a B-cycle bike outside the rec centerBoulder B-cycle has been Boulder’s exclusive non-profit bike share system for almost nine years. With 300 bikes and more than 40 stations operating 24/7 in and around Boulder and main and east CU Boulder campuses, Boulder B-cycle offers a convenient, reliable and safe alternative transportation option for everyone.

The Environmental Center has partnered with B-cycle to offer ALL CU students FREE access to the Boulder B-cycle system via a pass beginning in fall 2019. The CU Boulder student pass includes unlimited 30-minute trips for a whole year and has introduced more than 1,500 first-time student members to bike sharing at CU. These new riders helped trips by CU affiliates increase by 75% from fall 2018 to fall 2019; CU riders have taken nearly 25,000 trips by Boulder B-cycle since classes began in August 2019!

B-cycle installed three new station locations on the CU main campus in 2019, expanding the number of stations serving CU to 13 and making sure that no location at CU is more than ¼ mile (a five-minute walk) from a Boulder B-cycle station. The Rec Center location was a collaboration with Google and Ralphie’s Green Stampede where attendees at a CU Buffs game voted on the location.

The connectivity of all these CU stations means that the average time of a bike-sharing trip between all of them is only 10 minutes, making Boulder B-cycle an extremely fast way to travel from place to place. The most-utilized B-cycle stations since the start of the 2019-20 school year are all at CU: Center for Community, Williams Village and Folsom and Colorado, with the most highly ridden route during this time being C4C to Williams Village.

Redistribution of B-cycles from station to station is a great way for the CU Boulder community to earn PIPs - Positive Impact Points. Redistribution is riding a bike from a station with a lot of bikes and parking it at a station with a net-outflow of bikes. At the end of each month, riders have a balancing score which is the net total of all positive and negative redistribution behaviors from B-cycle trips. Learn more about PIPs at CU Boulder.