City Council member says B-Cycle program ignores minorities, poor

City planning to expand bike sharing program

DENVER - Denver's B-Cycle program is being criticized for ignoring poor and minority communities.

As the City Council is preparing to vote to expand the program, Councilman Paul Lopez said he is disappointed the program is not moving into poor neighborhoods.

"This shouldn't be just for people who can afford it," Lopez told the Denver Post.

The city plans to expand the program, which allows riders to rent a bike for short rides around town, by adding 27 stations.

The program already has 53 stations around downtown with 530 bikes, the Post reported.

None of the new stations will be east of Colorado Boulevard or north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. One station will be west of Federal Boulevard.

Program officials told the Post they must place stations where they can get the most ridership.