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Aspen bike sharing system sees growth in second year

Mar 25, 2015

WE-cycle is posting significant growth in ridership during its second year of operation.
Credit Marci Krivonen

In May, the bike sharing service WE-cycle will reopen for the summer season. The Aspen-based service is seeing success. WE-cycle provides bikes for short-term users at stations around town. The idea is to reduce car trips with the service.

2014 was WE-cycle's second year of operation. The organization saw a 76 percent jump in ridership compared to its inaugural year. Mirte Mallory with WE-cycle says many users live Downvalley, and use the bikes as the final leg of their commute.

"Our goal is, the more riders we have riding RFTA into Aspen and using WE-cycle as their wheels once they’re in Aspen, we’re collectively reducing the (traffic) congestion that’s in full force, coming into town."

The organization wants to add two additional bike docking stations: one at Eighth Street in Aspen and another at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. It’s also looking to expand its service to communities Downvalley.