Play B-cycle Bingo for a chance to win an annual membership and save the planet

If you haven't ridden a red B-cycle yet, this is the week to try one out - as long as you're okay with being labeled as a communist sympathizer (for that story, click here).

The city is offering free seven-day memberships in the bike-sharing program and giving away one hundred year-long memberships to anyone who plays B-cycle Bingo.

To play, you'll need to get a bingo card -- either from the Downtown Denver Partnership, 511 16th Street, or by e-mailing [email protected] Or, you could try printing out the ones below.

Follow the directions on the card to redeem a free (for the first half hour) seven-day B-cycle membership, then check out a bike at any downtown B-cycle kiosk and visit at least three of the nine stations listed on the card; they don't have to be three in a row.

When you're done, return the completed card to the Partnership office or e-mail it to [email protected], but do it by 5 p.m. on August 20 to be entered into a drawing to win one of one hundred B-cycle Annual Memberships (worth $65) being awarded by Kaiser Permanente.

The bike-sharing program has racked up nearly 2,000 annual members, 20,000 24-hour memberships and logged 50,000 rides since it started in April, says Denver marketing manager Steve Sander.

"In three months, we've only lost one bike and had one incident, in which a bike was hit by a car [the rider was okay]. That's a pretty amazing track record," he points out.

B-cycle will shut down on December 1 for the winter and re-open on March 1.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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