Mr. Dottie and I are in Denver this week vacationing and visiting Melissa and Chanh. We’re staying at a B&B downtown and so far we love the area. Today was devoted to B-Cycling. We picked up a couple of bikes a block away and made our way across town to the Platte River Trail, where we biked several miles, stopping for lunch and an excursion to the flagship REI store. We biked about 12 miles total for the day.
B-Cycle is Denver’s bike share system. There are 500 bikes at 51 stations, mostly serving the downtown area.
The bikes are fully outfitted for city riding, with 3-speeds, drum brakes, skirt guards, chain guards, baskets, generator lights, fenders and adjustable quick-release seats. Very comfy.
You swipe your membership card (which we borrowed) and the bike of your choice is released.
After paying a membership fee, using a bike is free for the first 30 minutes, $1 for the hour, and thereafter $4 for every half hour, to encourage short local trips. We managed to spend no more than $4 all day by docking and re-releasing our bikes as often as possible.
And then we were off! The trail is lovely – paved, scenic and well-maintained.
The fall colors here are gorgeous. So beautiful.
We stopped by a cool bike shop/coffee shop, Happy Coffee Co., that had this great mural outside.
Then Mr. Dottie had to infuse the ride with adventure and bomb up this hill with his little B-Cycle. Pretty impressive for a 3-speed city bike. We’ll have to find some real mountain biking later this week.
We loved our adventure on the B-Cycle and are enjoying biking in Denver. The past couple of days have been warm, but it’s supposed to snow up to 10 inches tomorrow!
Now back to vacation…