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.