Denver needs to spend more for bike, pedestrian projects, group says

Cyclists ride past Coors Field in Denver. 

Following the Thursday announcement that Denver will cease its B-cycle operation at the end of January, the city now says it will go out to bid for one or more companies to operate shared bike and scooter services to meet citywide mobility goals.  

A new contract will replace the current permit system by which scooter, e-bike and dockless bike companies abide, Denver Public Works said in a statement.

The agency said issuing a request for proposals for the operation of shared bikes and scooters will help Denver more efficiently manage the delivery of these commercial operations and ensure the city partners with “the most qualified operator(s)” to fulfill its vision of reducing by half single-occupant vehicle commuters.

The request for proposals is being finalized and is expected to be released by Jan. 30.

Denver Streets Partnership issued a statement Thursday on B-cycle’s departure from Denver.

“The Denver Streets Partnership is concerned about the loss of mobility choices in Denver, and we urge the city to work quickly to fill this gap and ensure the sustainability of bike share in Denver,” the coalition said.

“While there is an obvious role for the private sector and Denver should encourage market innovation, we believe public funding for bike share is critical for long-term success.”

In the statement, the partnership said that Denver B-cycle established the city as “an early leader in providing mobility choice for people in the city, and doing so with trusted partnerships and community engagement.”

Between April 2010 through December 2018, B-cycle garnered more than 500,000 memberships, which amounted to about 2.5 million trips, according to the partnership.

B-cycle also helped Denver curb about 9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the coalition said, which moved the city closer to its goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.

“The City now needs to act quickly to find a replacement for Denver B-cycle so that Denver’s residents, workforce and visitors to the city have access to reliable mobility choices and don’t feel driving is their only option for getting around,” DSP said.

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