Gone are the days when you had to choose between the bus, taxi, or your own vehicle to get from point A to point B. Now you can hop on a B-Cycle, grab a scooter, or get picked up by a ride share like Lyft or Uber. With all those options it can be tough to decide which is best for your route and your wallet. Luckily, we did the research for you.
Biking Through the City
If you are looking for a quick way to get around the city and you have no other transportation of your own, B-Cycle might be the choice for you. B-Cycle is set up for people who need a bike for short trips—up to 30 minutes. You pay a daily fee of $9 that provides you unlimited trips of less than 30 minutes each for 24 hours. If your trip takes you a bit longer than anticipated, each half hour after the initial 30 minutes is an additional $5. If you are looking for more of a leisurely time on a bike around the city, you can rent a B-Cycle all day for $35. Or you can opt for the $75 annual pass and have access to the bikes for 60 minutes at a time.
Can I Get a Lyft?
Rather just have someone drive you? Cabs aren't the only option anymore. With companies like Lyft and Uber, you have more to choose from and can shop around for prices. Simply input your pick up location and destination and you can see the price for your ride and the approximate length of your trip. You may even have the option of choosing larger cars like SUVs or luxury vehicles for your ride. Short trips within the city can cost anywhere from $7 to $30 depending on type of car, length of trip, and the time you ride. A trip from Denver out to the airport will typically cost you $30 to $70.
Car sharing has been growing in popularity in Denver and there are a variety of choices out there to suit your lifestyle and budgeting needs. Car shares provide you the convenience of occasionally driving a personal vehicle without the hassle of paying for gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance. Car shares like eGo, Zip Car, and Car2Go, have cars parked and ready to use around the Denver metro area. They require you to register with their service and then you can choose a plan that works with your lifestyle. Some services charge a monthly membership fee and then you will typically pay a flat rate per hour and/or per mile driven. After you become an approved user of one of these services, you will usually need to download an app to locate and/or reserve your vehicle.
If you’ve been downtown any time in the past year, it’s likely that you’ve either seen people zipping by on electric scooters or seen them parked throughout town. They’ve become the quick way to get around without having to fret about parking or wait for public transportation. Companies like Lime and Bird have dropped scooters around Denver and you only need to download the app and use a credit card to hop on and ride. Typically, there is a base fare (around $1) and then riders pay a set fee per minute (usually less than 25 cents per minute). Most short trips will only cost you a few bucks and a few minutes. Keep in mind that there are specific rules and regulations surrounding where you can ride and park scooters in Denver, so do a little research before hopping on one.
With all of these alternative transportation options, you can explore Denver quicker and cheaper than ever before. What are some of the unique ways you get around town? Share them with us in the comments.