WE-cycle works in Aspen
WE-cycle was founded to foster a more vibrant Aspen by providing safe, reliable, and 24/7 bike access between neighborhoods, bus stops, and the downtown core. Bike share complements the car, the bus, the personal bike, and your feet to provide new and convenient options for Aspen’s locals and visitors.
This complementary model has been a tremendous success in Aspen. WE-cycle ridership has tripled to over 31,000 rides in just four years. To better find out how WE-cycle was being used in Aspen, we asked our passholders and found out that:
• 92% Own their own bike
• 90% Use WE-cycle for commerce
• 67% Take trips into town they would not have taken otherwise
• 62% Of rides are taken by Roaring Fork Valley locals
• 48% Take spontaneous trips
• 47% Ride with the environment in mind
• 36% Of rides replace car trips
FOR THE COMMUNITY
WE-cycle was born in response to the appeals set forth in local planning documents to individuals, organizations and partnerships to help realize our community objectives.
By increasing our use of bikes—bike sharing, personal bikes and rental bikes—we are collectively taking tangible steps towards reducing our traffic and parking congestion, restoring the health of our air and fostering small-town character.
WE-cycle is a partner with the City of Aspen, helping to accomplish two of the City’s Top 10 goals.
1. Identify and determine the feasibility of viable alternatives to personal
vehicles including “next generation” mobility technology in order to improve the downtown experience.
6. Develop and implement a plan to reduce traffic within the next two years.
WE-cycle aligns with the Canary Initiative, adopted in 2005
Community Goal of Reducing Emissions: Reduce Aspen’s carbon footprint below 2004 baseline levels of 840,875 tons of CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050.
The Canary Action Plan’s Transportation Objective seeks to: Reduce the volume of single occupancy traffic coming into Aspen and around town; Create a mass transit-oriented transportation alternative into Aspen that is more convenient and affordable and has lower Green House Gas emissions per passenger mile than the average private vehicle.
WE-cycle aligns with the Aspen Area Community Plan (AACP), adopted in 2012
Transportation Vision Statement: “We are committed to providing an efficient, multi-modal and integrated transportation system that reduces congestion and air pollution.”
Bike sharing directly addresses objectives set forth in the AACP:
Transportation Policy I.1: Improve the convenience, reliability, efficiency, comfort, accessibility, affordability, safety, capacity and quality of the regional transit service experience, while ensuring physical improvement are consistent with community character.
Transportation Policy II.1: Extend and/or improve commuter pedestrian/bike trails with the greatest potential integration with the public transit system.
Transportation Policy VIII.1: Increase funding for public transit so that the service is consistent and reliable with a preference for stable and sustainable revenue sources.
Environmental Stewardship I.1: 2012 AACP seeks to reduce Aspen’s carbon footprint by 30% (to 2004 levels) by 2020.
Environmental Stewardship I.3: Incentivize alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on fossil fuels
WE-cycle aligns with the Aspen Area Community Plan (AACP), adopted in 2000
The Plan’s Vision for the Aspen Area calls for:
“Any measures, even extreme ones, to make Aspen a more pedestrian oriented town.”
Bike initiatives will “enhance our interactivity: let’s put our feet first! A substantial investment in bicycle infrastructure should be accelerated.”
The Plan’s Action Items 74 - 76 call for an update to Aspen’s Walkway and Bikeway System Plan, improvements to the Bikeway System, and a study of a “Free Bike” Program.