DENVER - Denver's bike sharing program, B-cycle, is expanding.
During the 2013 season, 30 new rental stations will be added for a total of 83 locations where bicycles may be rented. Three of the new stations -- at the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Auraria Campus -- will be in service when the season starts March 18.
"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," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Twenty-seven of the new stations are being paid for with capital funding from two public grants matched by local foundations.
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.
Members of B-cycle can take any bike for 1 to 30 minutes for free. Checking out a bike for 30 to 60 minutes is $1. Each additional half-hour is $4.
Memberships cost $8 for one day, $20 for 7 days, $30 for 30 days or $80 a year.