Riding Tips

1. Safe riding is key to having a great experience:

  • Obey traffic laws.
  • Be visible.
  • Be predictable.
  • Signal when turning or changing lanes.  
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk or pedestrian malls. 
  • Ride on the right hand side of the road.
  • Ride in single file.
  • Ride in a straight line; don’t swerve or behave unpredictably.
  • Follow lane markings.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Use bike paths or bike routes when possible. See map of bike routes.
  • While there is no mandatory helmet law in Aspen or Basalt, WE-cycle strongly recommends wearing a helmet while riding.  Check out a local bike rental shop for a helmet rental.

Check out CDOT's guide to safe cycling for a quick refresher and more tips on safe cycling.

2. Bike sharing has a pretty steep learning curve. Remember these insider tips:

  • Once you get an unlocking code from the kiosk, the keypad is located on the dock, to the left of the bike.  Wait for the green light (sometimes it takes several seconds) and LIFT the seat and pull back on the bike to release it from the dock.
  • Docking a bike can take some muscle!  An easy way to get your bike into the dock is to place your foot on the bike pedal and push the bike forward into the dock with your foot.
  • The bike can work for (almost) everyone.  Remember to adjust the seat before riding and use the marked seat post to avoid guesswork.  Automatic running lights will come on when you pedal so don't worry about being seen at night.
  • Steep hills can be a killer.  Use the 3-speed gear shift by your right hand to smoothly make it to the top.
  • The chain guard and fenders make riding in anything possible.  From your evening finery to casual sundresses, don't worry about road dirt, mud, or water spattering up onto your clothes. Additionally, the low step-over cross bar allows for a graceful dismount for any dress-wearer.
  • For real-time bike and dock availability, download the free Transit App, in the App Store or Google Play.

These handy how-to videos may help answer any additional questions about how to become a bike sharing pro.

3. Not sure where to go or what to do?  Here are some ideas:

  • Ride into town to meet friends for drinks or dinner, or an evening show or concert.
  • Do errands via WE-cycle; zip between the grocery store, bank, and post office.
  • Connect to transit by riding to a RFTA stop. Use Transit App for live bus schedules and trip planning. 
  • Take one-way trips; ride into town now and bus home later.  Or if you missed the last bus, remember that WE-cycle is available 24/7.
{County Commissioner Newman } "As an avid rider of RFTA's BRT, WE-cycle provides me the ability to go that last half mile. I get off the bus and pick up a bike and ride to my meetings."
{Visitor from Napa, CA} "[WE-cycle] is so convenient, so easy, it's sustainable. I can't say enough good things about it!"
{Patty} "WE-cycle is the perfect way to start your day!"
{Eben} "WE-cycle aligns with the values of the town: sustainability, an active population, etc."
{Nathan} "WE-cycle makes it so easy to get from our office into town to run errands."
{Chris} "It's fast, it's easy, and pretty affordable. Instead of fixing your own flat tires WE-cycle takes care of the maintenance for you."
{Megan} "I love to use WE-cycle for one-way trips."
{Sharon} "I especially like to ride WE-cycle at night because of the lights. I like to ride to the Wheeler, drop it off at Restaurant Row and I can be dressed up."
{Aspen Mayor Skadron} "I ride WE-cycle all the time!"
{Jack} "What a great way after a long day of conference to get a little bit of physical activity on my way back to my hotel."
{Texas Couple} "Today we had a great ride.... you have two Texas converts to bike riding."
{Visiting Aspen} "Did we tell you how much we love WE-cycle?! It's the only way to get around Aspen!"
{Citi Biker} "I am a Citi Biker in New York City, but I never would have signed up had I not started bike sharing here in Aspen... [WE-cycle] was so approachable."
{Ryland} "WE-cycle gives me the freedom to use a bike when I need it and forget about it when I don't."
{Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation} "This is the year of bike share! Bike share has transformed communities and its transforming Aspen."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "[WE-cycle] has been great and I’m coming back in another two weeks to do it again."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "Loved it. Seriously, it’s been great!"
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "I’m going to back to Boston and hook up with Hubway and do this everyday! I am so excited, and had such a great time using these bikes!"
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "WE-cycle bike share is quite phenomenal and [its] ease and convenience is really something special."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "I’m obsessed with WE-cycle. It’s such a fantastic service and I cannot wait until [bike share] comes to San Francisco."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "WE-cycle has been amazing during our stay. It has sparked my interest in trying out our new bike share back in Chicago."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider and her dog Daisy} "Love the bikes! Daisy rode in the bike. She loved it! This is the best!"
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "This has been fabulous. It’s the best way to get around town."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "I took a bike this afternoon from [the Aspen Institute] to downtown. It was easy; it was fun; everything worked great. I’m ready to do it again."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "This is the best thing that I’ve discovered at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I’m using [WE-cycle] everyday, all the time."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "This is the best way to get around Aspen."
{Aspen Ideas Festival Rider} "[WE-cycle] was good, it was fun, and it was easy.”"
{Jeff} "I really enjoy the convenience of biking to work without having to worry about locking up my bike or maintenance on my own bike. It is slick and easy!"
{Mitzi} "WE-cycle has allowed me, the unlikely and tentative cyclist, to begin riding again. It has given me renewed confidence and freedom."
{Tricia} "It allows me the convenience of a townie bike in Aspen, even though I live in Basalt. I'm can use WE for errands, grabbing lunch, or dashing to an appointment."
{Peter} "It is such a hassle-free experience. I can get where I need to go without having to worry about a lock, maintenance, or riding back to where I came from."
{Richard} "I'll be able to bike around Aspen without having to bring my bike up-valley."
{Kendall} "When I get off the bus in Aspen, I can hop on a WE-cycle and go wherever I need to go in town."
{Eliza} "When I have friends visiting, they will be able to join me on my bike as we cruise around town."
{Christy} "I can grab a WE-cycle from the station at the post office and head through the west end over to the Aspen Music Festival and catch some music after work."