PikeRide, city’s first bike share program launches

PikeRide, Colorado Springs’ first bike sharing program, will launch Tuesday, June 26. PikeRide will feature more than 200 purple bikes and 28 hubs serving 12 square miles. The program kicks off with a press event and opportunities for members of the public to try the new bikes.

WHAT: PikeRide bike share grand launch and ride

WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26; riders begin gathering at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: South side of Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St.

SCHEDULE: Remarks and ribbon cutting begin precisely at 10 a.m.

INAUGURAL RIDE: City leaders and PikeRide sponsors will depart at 10 a.m. from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for a circular, 10-minute ride. The ride will depart from the museum and head west on Vermijo, north onto Cascade, east onto Pikes Peak Avenue, south onto Weber and then west on Vermijo to return to the museum.

More about PikeRide and the event:

PikeRide, Colorado Springs’ first bike sharing program, will launch Tuesday, June 26. PikeRide will feature more than 200 purple bikes and 28 hubs serving 12 square miles. The inaugural ride with city leaders and PikeRide sponsors will depart at 10 a.m. from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Afterward, members of the public who register online at pikeride.org or through the Bcycle app will be able to try the bikes for free during Food Truck Tuesday on the museum grounds (until 1:30 p.m.).

PikeRide inaugural riders at the event will include Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, City Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler, many sponsors and volunteers, as well as Holly Kortum, Kaiser Permanente Southern Colorado executive director. Kaiser Permanente is Title Sponsor for PikeRide.

“We are so excited to be the title sponsors for PikeRide, which is an amazing community collaboration,” said Kortum. “We hope to engage people in active and healthy lifestyles, supporting our mission to improve the health of our members and communities we serve!”

Bike sharing is the fastest growing form of transportation in the world, in which riders check out bikes for use in short trips around the community. PikeRide “smart bikes” are equipped with solar-powered GPS-enabled display screens; users purchase annual, monthly or 24-hour memberships or single-ride passes. PikeRide is a program of Downtown Ventures, the charitable nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership.

PikeRide is supported by Title Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, as well as many other key sponsors to include Colorado College and Nor’wood Development Group. Additional information is available at PikeRide.org.