Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Day 2: Aug 26

The day ended with over 8,000 cumulative miles ridden in the two days since the beginning of the convention. Some stations were so popular that it has been difficult to keep bikes in stock. See photos of day 2 here.

Read about what Dave Barry has to say about the Freewheelin program.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Day 1: Aug 25

Bicycle sharing for the Democratic National Convention kicked off today. It grew to be quite popular within hours of launching. The numbers looked pretty good, and responses from riders were enthusiastic. See photos of day 1 here.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Freewheelin starts at 7:00am tomorrow

Be among the first to enjoy bicycle sharing in the United States in the beautiful city of Denver. One thousand brand-new bikes are available from seven stations across the city. Stop by any Freewheelin station in Downtown Denver between August 25 and August 28 to check out and ride a bicycle for free.

All that you need to register is a photo ID and a credit card for collateral (although you probably will behave responsibly and bring back your bike, not everyone does). Bikes are a quick, fun and healthy way to get around the city, and the Freewheelin bike sharing program is a simple way to give it a try.

A running tally at the Convention Center station will display the number of rides, total miles ridden, calories burned and carbon emissions saved.

100 bike ride with Mayors Hickenlooper and Rybeck

To kick off the Freewheelin bike sharing project for the 2008 DNC, Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver and Mayor R.T. Ryback of Minneapolis, accompanied by Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong and Nate Kvamme of Humana led a ride of about 100 riders to the Green Frontier Fest in Denver's Sculpture Park.

The group of riders were transferring the last of the bicycles to be used in the program from the warehouse where they were assembled to a station from which they will be available to the public. Numerous bicycling advocates and supporters including members of Bicycle Colorado, Bike Denver and the Denver Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee and Greenprint Denver not only participated in the ride, but have been involved with the planning and coordination of the entire bicycle sharing effort for the convention.

The Freewheelin bicycle sharing program opens to the public Monday, August 25 running from 7:00am to 7:00pm for the four days of the convention. Sign up here, or stop by any of the seven downtown Freewheelin stations.

See photos of the ride here.

Sign up for Freewheelin bike sharing at the DNC

Bikes are likely to be the best way to get around Denver during the convention. It's quick and easy to sign up for the Freewheelin bicycle sharing program for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Delegates, media, guests and local residents are welcome to pre-register.