Pedal Power

‘Denver must remain a global leader as a bike-friendly city’ — Mayor Michael Hancock

Mayor Michael Hancock initiated a rite of spring for the Mile High City last week when he took to two wheels and showed that he really is fit to preside over Denver.

At a news conference on March 14 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Hizzoner peddled the news that 30 new stations of the Denver B-Cycle system will be installed in the coming months, increasing the city’s shared bike system to over 700. Among the 30 new stations, three are in high-visibility locations — The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum of Natural History and the Auraria campus. The other new stations began service on March 18.

Early on a lovely spring-like morning, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock rides a Denver B-cycle through an iconic Rocky Mountain landscape in Denver’s City Park, approaching Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science to announce the start of the city’s B-cycle’s 2013 season.
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“The expansion means that the city is embracing this simple, sustainable and powerful concept and I applaud the many community partners and corporate sponsors who have come together to make this expansion possible,” Hancock said.

The docking of these B-cycles at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science officially kicks off Denver
B-cycles 2013 season.
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“Riding a bike is better for our environment and better for our collective fitness and Denver B-Cycle is playing a major role on both of these important issues,” Hancock added. “As the capitol of the least obese state in the nation, with more sunshine and a more navigable street network than any of our competitors, there is no reason why Denver can’t push to the top of national and global rankings for bike friendliness in the coming years.”

Denver B-cycle deputy director Nick Bohnenkamp checks out the starting point of the bike tour at the Denver Zoo before Denver Mayor and City Council members, corporate and other riders arrive for their jaunt over to the Museum of Nature and Science.
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New stations have been installed in the neighborhoods of West Highland, Highland, Jefferson Park, Union Station, Five Points, North Capitol Hill, City Park West, City Park, Congress Park, Cheesman Park, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park, Baker, Speer and Auraria. The new locations were selected specifically to complement high use transit locations with most of them being located close to or within a mile of a bus stop or light rail stop.


Early birds Nick Bohnenkamp, deputy director of Denver B-cycle, and marketing director Sue Baldwin chat at the B-cycle docking stand in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science parking lot.
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Twenty-seven of the new stations are possible because Denver Bike Sharing has been awarded capital funding through two major public grants matched by local foundations: Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program awarded by the Federal highway Administration, and Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) awarded by the Colorado Transportation Commission. Denver’s Anschutz Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation provided the local match. The two City Park stations were privately funded with donations from the Walton Family Foundation, the Piton Foundation, Encana, the Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The Auraria station was funded by the Auraria Campus Sustainable Campus Program.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science President and CEO George Sparks addresses the press conference to open Denver B-cycle’s 2013 season.
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In addition to the expansion, Denver B-Cycle announced the return of presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and a new, three-year commitment from Frontier Airlines.

Denver B-cycle special projects coordinator Ali Nipert, social marketing and community relations manager Sam Pike and customer relations manager Wendy Stewart prepare press kits for the media.
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Members of the Denver B-cycle entourage approach the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the press conference.
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Frontier Airlines’ senior vice president Daniel Shurz addresses the Denver B-cycle press conference backed up by Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks (Dist 8), City Council President Mary Beth Susman, Kaiser Permanente’s senior director of community benefits and relations, Dale Flanders, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Zoo president Craig Piper.
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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock poses with sixth grade students from Genessee Community Charter School visiting from Rochester, New York, who are interested in Denver B-cycle’s program.
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Executive director of Bike Denver Piep van Heuven hugs Denver B-cycle’s customer relations manager Wendy Stewart, with snow-dusted Rocky Mountains behind them.
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