On Thursday, September 1, riders, donors, and sponsors celebrated of the launch of Boulder B-Cycle’s new station on the southwest corner of 9th & Pearl.
Boulder B-cycle was joined by Boom Properties, a commercial real estate agency, whose recent sponsorship of the nonprofit bike sharing program will help cover the operational costs of this new station.
“We’re extremely grateful to both our community donors and Boom Properties for making the 9th & Pearl station possible. We’re glad we could celebrate what we’re sure will prove to be a very popular station,” said Executive Director of Boulder B-cycle James Waddell.
The 9th & Pearl station was relocated from its former site at Wilderness Place in anticipation of the increased employment density coming to the West End of Pearl Street in 2016. Funding for the relocation itself was sourced from community members during Boulder B-cycle’s 2015 Colorado Gives Day campaign.
The celebration included a 1. 5 mile bike ride to happy hour at World of Beer. Members of the public were encouraged to bring a Boulder B-cycle from another station or their own bike to the celebration.
The new station is part of a focused effort by Boulder B-cycle to place infrastructure and services in high demand areas to meet the growing need for local bike sharing. Since Boulder B-cycle expanded in late 2014, the citywide system has seen a 95 percent increase in trips taken.
Located on 840 Pearl Street, Boom Properties’ co-founders Jessica Deiter, Mollie McQueen, and Todd Walsh make the most of this infrastructure by taking clients on bike rides to show commercial real estate listings.
“Boulder B-cycle connects us to our clients directly. Instead of a 5-6 block radius being too much of a hike, it makes for an easier trip. It makes all of downtown accessible and it’s great for business. It’s very efficient not to worry about parking,” said Managing Broker of Boom Properties Todd Walsh.
The new station at 9th and Pearl is located right outside Boom Properties. Staff members also use the bike sharing service to run errands, get lunch and commute to work.
“We are lucky enough to manage several properties in the downtown area and the ability to hop on a bike to run property errands is huge especially because we want to be supportive of our employees’ efforts towards alternative transportation whenever possible,” said Property Manager and Broker Associate of Boom Properties Jessica Deiter.