Since we’ve got a bunch of friends and family coming to town in relatively short order — and since we’re planning a bit of a group bike ride through Boulder — I was perusing the B-cycle map. If you’re not familiar, B-cycle is the bike sharing program launching on May 20 of this year.
It’s not totally surprising that we don’t rate many B-cycle stations, at first, but take a look at this map:
Boulder's B-cycle hits Pearl Street hard. And 28th... for a little while.
So it’s along major shopping areas, right? Pearl Street? Check. Twenty Ninth Street? Check. Millennium Harvest House? Good choice.
But here are the three outliers: North Broadway, which I guess is a destination as much as any place (nice for First Friday stuff, probably, and some dining); Howard Hueston Park, which is our only station (but pretty far out of the way for most folks here); and then what’s that last one? Hayden Lake?
As a resident, I’m not too bothered — I’ve got my bike. I’m fine. But it’s not ideal for folks visiting (and staying downtown) to come up and see us in our hood. Oh well. A quick identity question to ponder: what do you suppose the message is about our neighborhood? Townies only? Nothing to see here? I think we have a pretty awesome, bikeable neighborhood. Where would you put a station?