DENVER — Denver B-cycle, the nation’s first large-scale citywide bicycle sharing system, completed its inaugural season on Dec. 6. With Kaiser Permanente as presenting sponsor, the program succeeded in offering Denver residents and visitors a viable transportation option that increased their daily activity, saved money and reduced unhealthy air toxins and carbon emissions.
Launched on April 22, 2010, Denver B-cycle reached 102,981 rides by midnight Dec. 5, after less than seven months of operation. The program is going into winter hibernation for a thorough first season review, operational adjustments, bike fleet maintenance, and for IT enhancements. It will reopen in March 2011.
“As the first large-scale, citywide public bike-sharing program in the country, we were breaking new ground and learning lessons from start to finish,” said Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver Bike Sharing, the Colorado non-profit that owns and operates Denver B-cycle. “We are thrilled with the fact that we achieved almost 103,000 trips and even more excited about the environmental, economic, public health and community building benefits. This program is a testimony to the fact that Denver is an innovative community that works well across sectors. We could not have done it without city leadership, our funders, sponsors, volunteers and last but not least, our riders!”
Kaiser Permanente served as the founding funder of Denver B-cycle with a three-year, $450,000 community benefit sponsorship.
“We are very excited to be a part of this ground-breaking program that promotes a healthy lifestyle and an active mode of transportation for our city’s residents and employers,” said Donna Lynne, DrPH, president, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We are proud to support such an innovative program that aligns with our nonprofit mission to build healthier communities.”
2010 Denver B-cycle Results
- Short-term memberships purchased: (24-hour kiosk, online, seven-day, 30-day): 32,922
- Annual memberships purchased: 1,784
- B-cycle rides: 102,981
- Miles ridden: 211,111*
- 6,333,332 calories burned
- 1,810 lbs. lost
According to a survey of members, 43.16 percent of Denver B-cycle trips replaced car trips, resulting in the following environmental and economic benefits:
- 312,121 lbs. of carbon emissions avoided
- 9,613 lbs. of toxic air pollutants avoided
- 15,868 gallons of gasoline not used
- ·$41,256 estimated gasoline savings
- $311,126 estimated parking savings
*Average ride of 2.05 miles
For more information, visit http://denver.bcycle.com.
About Denver Bike Sharing
About Denver Bike Sharing Denver B-cycle, presented by Kaiser Permanente in association with a variety of community sponsors, is owned and operated by Denver Bike Sharing, a Colorado charitable, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Denver Bike Sharing exists to promote health, quality of life and preservation of the environment in Denver. By building and operating a comprehensive, city-wide bike sharing system, Denver Bike Sharing is offering residents and visitors an alternative form of public transportation, which is both environmentally-friendly and affordable. It complements and integrates into the City’s overall transportation system and helps to implement the Greenprint Denver’s Climate Action Plan.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
About Kaiser Permanente ColoradoThe Colorado Permanente Medical Group has an exclusive contract with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado to form Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state's largest private, non-profit health care provider in the state. CPMG is Colorado's largest medical group practice within a health care organization, and employs 800 regular status physicians representing all medical specialties and major sub-specialties. More than 483,000 members in the Denver/Boulder and Colorado Springs areas have access to Kaiser Permanente care through an expanded suite of health care products. Kaiser Permanente physicians and care teams focus on prevention as well as managing disease, all in an effort to help patients live well and thrive. Visit us online at kp.org or get the latest in health news at our News Center.