It’s bike-share season — here are your Denver and Aurora bike-share options

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LimeBikes in Aurora. Feb. 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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LimeBikes in Aurora. Feb. 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The weather in Denver is about as bike-friendly as it can get it, and luckily we have several bike-share programs that can help you grab a bike to ride as you traverse the city.

Let’s survey the options.

Denver B-Cycle

An oldie but goodie for bike sharing, especially in the downtown area, is the Denver B-Cycle program.

To utilize this ride-share program, stop by one of the dock stations, pay for a bike rental via credit card, and then return it to another B-Cycle dock station when you’re finished.

This bike is going to cost you $9 for the first 30 minutes and then $5 for every half hour afterwards.

B-Cycle is a nonprofit program subsidized by the city of Denver, which gives the program $250,000 a year. The hope is that B-Cycle will help the city reach its goal of creating accessible car alternatives for residents.

Ofo

If you’re in Aurora, Ofo is a great option for bike sharing.

Ofo don’t use a dock system — instead, it uses a mobile app. All bikes are equipped with GPS trackers that provide their location, and once you find a nearby bike, you can unlock it by scanning the code on the license plate or manually typing the plate number into the app. After that, ride to your destination and turn the lock dial on the bike and mark that you completed the trip in the app.

It only costs $1 per hour for use.

Ofo hopes to be able to reduce pollution and other environmental issues caused by congestion. American users have logged more than a million rides on their bikes in the first three months of 2018, according to Ofo’s website.

What about dockless bike-share in Denver?

The University of Denver launched a pilot Ofo program for students and faculty members that will operate under strict parameters so Denver Public Works can see if dockless bike sharing will work in the larger metro-area, Streetsblog reported.

DU will monitor how Ofo changes they way people get around and, with  Denver Public Works will be watching the number of rides per bike per day.

LimeBike

Another ride-sharing option in Aurora is LimeBike. The company also operates with the a dock-free model, and provides a variety of bike types to help users deal with all types of terrains.

After downloading the app, users will be able to locate available one-speed, three-speed and eight-speed bikes as well as smart e-bikes that provide a little extra boost for riders looking to zip through the city. To hop on a LimeBike, it costs $1 for every 30 minutes.

Enjoy the weather and have a safe ride!