The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By John Wen­zel

If you’ve never reg­is­tered for Den­ver’s B-cy­cle bike­shar­ing pro­gram, now might be a good time to sign up.

Start­ing March 27, mem­bers of the pro­gram will get free bike rentals ev­ery Mon­day for the next year. And yes, this of­fer ap­plies to first-time mem­bers, too.

“Mon­day’s Mo­ti­va­tion days are a great way to align our and Kaiser Per­ma­nente’s col­lec­tive mis­sion,” said Den­ver B-cy­cle ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nick Bohnenkamp. “We want to en­cour­age ac­tive liv­ing and this is a great way to get more peo­ple out rid­ing and fo­cused on healthy com­mut­ing habits.”

Here’s how it works: B-cy­cle rid­ers swipe a credit card to check out a bike at a B-cy­cle kiosk — there are 737 bi­cy­cles at 89 sta­tions in 10 cen­tral Den­ver neigh­bor­hoods — but the nor­mal $9 ac­cess fee is waived for rides of 30 min­utes or less.

Rider fees cover 60 per­cent of B-cy­cle’s $1.6 mil­lion an­nual bud­get; grants and spon­sors make up the rest.

Kaiser Per­ma­nente Colorado is non­profit B-cy­cle’s found­ing fun­der.

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