Need a Ride? Try These Alternative Forms of Transportation

July 27, 2015

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 golf cart, 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 -- approximately 30 min. You pay a daily fee of $9 that covers you for 24 hours. This allows you to rent a bike in 30 min increments without being charged more.

If you pay the $90 annual pass, the daily fee is waived and there is no extra charge as long as you get the bike back to another B-Cycle station in less than 30 minutes. The $100 annual plus pass gets you access to the bikes for 60 minutes at a time without being charged more. For the right person in the right situation, this can be a great deal. Maybe you live on the outskirts of downtown and you don’t want to pay for parking when you get to work, or you just want a little more exercise in your day.

If you are looking for more of a leisurely time on a bike around the city, this might not be the option for you as the costs after the 30 minutes can add up quickly. The first hour after the initial 30 minutes is $1, but after that, it rises to a whopping $4 an hour with a $100/day cap. You may as well get a bike on craigslist for that price. They do offer discounts for students, seniors, and low income individuals. Check out their site to find out what discounts you might qualify for.

With the above as an option for your day-to-day biking needs, you might want to consider renting a bike from an actual bike shop if you'd rather just explore. This can run you $20-$70/day, depending on the type of bike and shop, or $75/week if you need it for longer. There are a lot of options if you're willing to do a little research.

Can I get a Lyft?

Rather just have someone drive you? Cabs aren't the only option anymore. With companies like Lyft and Uber paying drivers to cart around passengers in their own vehicle, you have more to choose from and can shop around for prices. Here’s a snapshot of how prices compare. Mind you, these are the estimated rates on their websites and could be less depending on your pick up time and location. We used Coors Field and Red Rocks as a destination and 13th and Penn as a starting point for all.

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Let’s share

Car sharing is getting bigger and bigger ever since it hit Denver and there are a variety of choices out there to suit your lifestyle and budgeting needs. Here are a few.

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And now for something completely different

Sometimes you want to get around the city in something a little more unique. Denver has a few of those options as well.

The eTuk is a motorized open vehicle and it might be the cheapest ride in town at $4 per person. Hailed as “Denver’s Green Transportation Option,” an eTuk is better for the environment than driving a car and it makes getting around downtown easier. You can reserve in advance or hail one that you see riding around.

Colorado Cruisers offers one of the most unique rides around town and, with advertisers footing the bill, it’s all free for you. Get a party together and ride around the city in a group sized golf cart with someone else driving. The only catch is that you have to tip. Seriously. That’s it. They need to be reserved in advance (no hailing a golf cart downtown) but you can reserve them by the hour. So make your plans to ride around for your own pub crawl or simply get a ride to the venue of your choice.