Flying a Bike

Flying a BikeIn May I traveled by air with my bike for the first time.    I was meeting a friend to ride L’Etape du California 2011 – the most difficult ride I’ve done yet, but that’s another story.

It all went very smoothly, though there were many logistical details.  I learned a lot and made a mistake or two:   Here are some tips in case you plan to fly with your bike.   (Mistakes in bold)

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Denver B-Cycles

Have you tried the Denver B-Cycles yet?

B-Cycle PhotoToday I had the opportunity to try out the Denver B-Cycle program.  I had business at Colfax and High Street, and was coming into town from Lakewood on 6th Avenue.

Since I prefer to commute into town from my home west of Golden by motorcycle (especially during these days of high gas prices) I can’t easily transport my commuter bike for mixed-mode travel.  The B-Cycle provides a way for me to park the motorcycle pretty close to the western edge of town, and finish the commute under pedal power.

B-Cycles on sale now!

I signed up for an annual pass, optimistic that I’ll take advantage of the program frequently this year.    The pass (365 days from first use) is on sale through April 22nd for $49, after which it will return to the normal price of $65.

You can sign up on their website, but as I was already on the road I called the customer service number (303.825.3325) and spoke with a very helpful agent named Nick.   He was able to quickly walk me through the sign-up process and answer a couple of questions about the best stations to use for my commute.

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How would you like a $7,000 bonus for riding your bike?

Cycling has a huge Economic Impact
Infographic: Mgmt Design, courtesy of the National Building Museum

Thanks to Elly Blue and her recent Grist blog, “How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)”  for pointing out some eye-opening statistics.

The average American spends $8485 on car ownership (per car) each year, and a whopping 84% of that flies out of the local economy.   Only $1,390 stays local.

Imagine what your life would be like if you had an additional $7,095 to spend locally each year.

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