Denver’s B-cycle program will stay open all year

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Denver Mayor Mike Hancock (center) riding a B cycle along with other city officials during an event kickoff March 14, 2013. (Photo: Facebook.com/Bcycle.Denver)

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DENVER — Denver’s bike sharing program announced Monday they will keep stations running and stocked with bicycles through winter.

When the program started almost three years ago, the bikes would be removed from mid-December to mid-March.

However, as the B-cycle program grew in popularity riders began to “depend on the bikes as part of their daily transportation needs,” said Interim Executive Director Nick Bohnenkamp.

“Every Coloradoan knows that winter can bring stretches of balmy weather and there’s no reason to limit choices for our members any month of the year. Thousands in Denver ride their bicycles all year long and Denver B-cycle needs to remain as a dependable, reliable part of the transportation landscape.” Bohnenkamp said.

The program opened 29 new stations when it restarted in the spring. There are now 82 bike stations scattered across Denver with about 700 bicycles.

While the bikes will be available in the winter, stations will have shorter operating hours. During the summer, the stations are open from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Beginning Dec. 2, the bikes will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bohnenkamp said rates to rent a bike will not change.

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