It's been an up-and-down month or so for B-cycle. In late May, a software upgrade caused the credit-card system to fail on one of the busiest downtown Denver weekends of the year -- and the inability to get it repaired in a timely manner prompted the cancellation of a promotion that would have allowed folks to try the system for free on the three Wednesdays leading up to Bike to Work Day tomorrow, June 26. But the glitch has been fixed, and now, B-cycle is offering free usage on Bike to Work Day itself.
"We wanted to have a way to participate in Bike to Work Day," says Denver B-cycle spokesman Mark Stevens. "We wanted to open the system up to encourage people to give the system a try.
"The original plan was to have three free Wednesdays leading up to Bike to Work Day, with Whole Foods sponsoring them," he continues. "But we encountered software challenges with credit cards for daily use, so we postponed that promotion -- although I think the plan is to look for another set of dates for later in the summer."
If that happens, the free usage on Bike to Work Day will be a bonus. But Stevens doesn't characterize tomorrow's offering as a make-up for the recent technical issues.
"We basically just view it as a great day to give B-cycle a try, since there will be so many people out riding to work and participating," he allows. "It's a way to help people who may not have wheels, and it'll also give people who may have thought about using B-cycle but haven't gotten to yet a chance to try it out. So it's a two-fold thing."
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Here's the B-cycle release about Bike to Work Day. It includes how to access the bikes and details about other festivities.
Denver B-cycle System is Free on Bike to Work Day -- Wednesday, June 26
To celebrate 29 new station openings, Denver B-cycle 24 hour memberships will be free on Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 26. In all, B-cycle's system now includes 82 stations and offers service from Highlands to Baker, from Five Points to Congress Park.
Users will need a credit card to check out a bicycle, but the $8 daily membership fee will not be charged. Rides under 30 minutes are free; rides from 30 to 60 minutes are $1. The full station list is available www.DenverBCycle.com.
Bike to Work Day is organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. More information: http://biketowork2013.org/.
Additional Bike to Work Day Activities:
• Mayor Michael B. Hancock will ride from a new B-cycle station at 33rd & Arapahoe St. to Civic Center Park. Mayor Hancock is expected to make remarks at 7 a.m. and depart at 7:15 a.m. At Civic Center, thousands of bicyclists are expected to congregate throughout the morning.
• Denver B-cycle will staff three breakfast stops from 6:30-9:00 a.m. on Bike to Work Day. The three stations are:
South High School Parking Lot (Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.) in collaboration with Bicycle Village. The "Breakfast Burritos, Bicycle Village and B-cycle Official Tech Station" will have expert bike technicians from Bicycle Village to troubleshoot any on-the-road issues along with Santiago breakfast burritos, White Wave , and Clif Bars.
Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.
Skyline Park, also in downtown Denver. At Skyline Park, Downtown Denver Partnership is hosting a "Pedal for Pancakes" event that includes free pancakes for bicycle riders. Denver B-cycle's founding funder Kaiser Permanente will have a Bike to Work Day aid station in Creekside Park in Glendale with healthy snacks and water and a blender bike where participants can make their own pedal-powered smoothies.
• Denver B-cycle partner Whole Foods Market will be hosting breakfast stations at their Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and Washington Park stores.
• Denver B-cycle encourages riders to attend the "Bike from Work Bash" hosted by Cactus Communications in the Cactus Parking Lot (corner of 15th St. and Little Raven) in lower downtown. The bash runs from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free but partygoers are encouraged to donate to BikeDenver.
• On Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, Denver Bike Sharing executive director Parry Burnap will be among those responding to the Channel 7 Call Center to promote Bike to Work Day. Burnap will answer telephone calls regarding the event, bike safety, bike routes, bike laws, bike sharing and other related issues. The Call Center is being organized by Regional Air Quality Council.
"We are thrilled to open B-cycle stations in these new areas and want as many people as possible to experience the many benefits of riding to work on a bicycle," said Denver Bike Sharing executive director Parry Burnap. "If you haven't tried the system yet, Bike to Work Day will be a perfect day to try it out."
More from our Things to Do archive from June 5: "B-cycle postpones today's free bike deal (and two others) over lingering system glitch."