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The Mile High City Defeats Portland, OR, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, D.C. in REI's Cycle Town ShowdownDENVER,
April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The people have spoken – and
Denver has emerged triumphant in REI's hotly contested Cycle Town Showdown, which pitted several U.S. cities against each other in a battle to see which city was the most bike-friendly.
Of course the outcome was no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed The Mile High City's 850 miles of paved, off-road bike paths, scenic beauty, and more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
It's not just for locals, either. Visitors can experience this two-wheel paradise for themselves by using the pioneering bike share system, Denver B-cycle, which was introduced in 2010. The first widespread bike share program in a major U.S. city, B-cycle features 56 B-stations located in convenient spots near downtown hotels, on the 16th Street Mall, by museums, at the Colorado Convention Center, in parks – including City Park – and at shopping centers. The innovative program will increase to 86 stations by the end of 2013, connecting many of
Denver's most unique and fun neighborhoods.
All B-cyclists have to do is purchase a pass (online or at a station), pick a bike and start exploring. Daily passes are just
$8. When they're done, they can drop it off at any station. Download the Denver B-cycle app or learn more about the program at
Cherry Creek Trail: Shop, Cycle and See the SightsPick Up A Bike At: 2900 Cherry Creek N. Drive (Cherry Creek Shopping Center)
Where To Go: After shopping at the upscale
Cherry Creek Shopping District, roll onto the
Cherry Creek Trail for an off-road ride. Bikers can follow the (mostly downhill) trail six miles all the way to the Riverfront neighborhood, home to such attractions as
The Downtown Aquarium,
The Children's Museum of Denver,
REI Flagship Store and
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park.
Drop Off Your Bike At: 1416 Platte St. (REI)
City Park: Explore Denver's Very Own Central ParkPick Up A Bike At: 2001 Colorado Blvd. (Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
Where To Go: Cycle east on E. 21
st Ave. towards the enormous
City Park, a perfect place for a two-wheel adventure. Ride around
Ferril Lake and be treated to sweeping views of the
Denver skyline. During summer nights, the
Prismatic Electric Fountain in
Ferril Lake wows with columns of water colored red, white and blue. Visit the
Denver Zoo or the
Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Drop Off Your Bike At: 2300 Steele St. (Denver Zoo)
Washington Park: Take A Lakeside SpinPick Up A Bike At: 1280 S. Washington St. (
Louisiana/Pearl Light Rail Station)
Where To Go: Ride east on E. Louisiana Ave. to
Washington Park (Wash Park to locals), where you can coast around two lakes and kick back amidst flower gardens, big green lawns and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Take Exposition Ave. east out of the park to
Old South Gaylord St., a small but vibrant neighborhood with shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and taverns.
Drop Off Your Bike At: 1280 S. Washington St. (
Louisiana/Pearl Light Rail Station)
Golden Triangle Museum District: Discover Arts & Culture On Two Wheels Pick Up A Bike At: 10 W. 14
th Ave. Parkway (Denver Public Library)
Where To Go: View the architecturally stunning
Denver Art Museum from every possible angle. Take a spin around
Civic Center Park, with the gold-domed
Colorado State CapitolBuilding on one side and
DenverCity & County Building on the other. Head east on 13
th Ave. to the
Kirkland Museum or the
Molly Brown House Museum to explore two of the city's most interesting hidden gem museums.
Drop Off Your Bike At: 1291 Pearl St.
16th Street Mall & LoDo: Cycle Your Way Through Downtown Denver Pick Up A Bike At: 1550 Glenarm St. (Denver Pavilions)
Where To Go:(Note: Bikes are only allowed on the 16 th St. Mall on Sundays) Head northwest on the mile-long
16 th St. Pedestrian Mall, passing the iconic
Daniels & Fisher Tower and
Skyline Park. Explore LoDo (lower downtown), home to the
Tattered Cover Bookstore,
Coors Field and the
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA), not to mention dozens of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Drop Off Your Bike At: 15
th & Delgany (MCA Denver)
How To Get A B-cycle Denver B-cycle charges a fee for access to the system for the duration of your chosen period, as well as a time-based usage fee that varies according to how long you keep the bike on each ride. You can buy a pass for 24 hours
($8), 7 days
($20), 30 days
($30) or one year memberships
($80). All passes and memberships can be purchased at
http://denver.bcycle.com, and 24-hour passes can also be purchased at the kiosk that is part of all 56? Denver B-stations. With your pass, the first 30 minutes of every B-cycle ride is no charge! After 30 minutes, there is a small usage charge for each additional 30 minutes you have the B-cycle checked out. As a member, you can check out a B-cycle multiple times within your pass period.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT
DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the
City of Denver to market
Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in
$3.3 billion in annual spending in 2011, while supporting 50,000 jobs. Learn more about
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