Hibernation is for bears, not B-cycles.
Ah, warm weather.
Since the spring-like temps hit Denver last Friday, I’ve been logging spring-like bike and pedestrian miles, and I haven’t had to freeze at a bus stop or beg for a ride even once.
I know it won’t stay for long, I can’t help but feel really, really happy about it.
During one of my euphoric, sunshiny walks, I noticed a curious site: A bike rack completely empty of bikes. It was one of Denver B-cycle’s bike-share racks. According to their homepage, Denver’s B-cycles are in hibernation until March.
I’m a big fan of B-cycle, but is winter hibernation really necessary?
Here’s why I don’t think it is:
- Denver has a high-plains desert climate, which allows for much winter riding and has mercy on bikes stored outdoors.
- Chicago B-cycles don’t seem to be hibernating–and I can offer firsthand testimony that Chicago winters are more brutal than Denver winters.
- Denver B-cycle is “presented by Kaiser Permanente,” a company that posted $42.1 billion in operating revenue in 2009.
You could decrease the number of bikes in rotation during winter months, but none at all just feels plain mean, especially during weeklong stints of 60-degree temperatures. I know you claim you’re busy testing new bike station features, but I’ll bet you could afford to keep at least a few bikes available.
Come on, Kai-Perm, old buddy, old pal. Give us our B-cycles back!