Public bike rental introduced in Denver

Jennifer Oldham

Denver's bike-loving mayor hopes to get his constituents out of their cars and onto one of 500 or so cherry-red bicycles now parked at stands in 40 locations around the Mile High City, where for a rental fee they await riders to take them on errands, off to meet friends for lunch, or for some sightseeing.

The bike-sharing program, which debuted on Earth Day, is the country's second such offering. Like its cousin in Washington, D.C. -- which harbors 120 bikes at 10 locations around the capital -- Denver's B-cycle is operated as a partnership. In Denver, a nonprofit manages the $3.2-million effort with quasi-governmental agencies and business sponsors.

Denver public bicycle program setup
Denver public bicycle program setup