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Posted on: August 4, 2020

WE-cycle Expands Bikeshare with New e-bike Pilot Program

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WE-cycle Expands Bikeshare with New e-bike Pilot Program
Community Feedback is Encouraged

Contact: John Krueger, Director of Transportation, 9970-920-5042 or john.krueger@cityofaspen.com

Aspen, CO – August 4, 2020 – WE-cycle, in partnership with the City of Aspen and Town of Basalt, is expanding its bikeshare program this summer with a test pilot launch of a select number of e-bikes, which are a pedal assist motorized bicycle.

“Bikes are proving to be a healthy, active, and socially-distant form of travel and e-bikes are making it easier and time-effective to get on a bike instead of in a car to get into and around town,” said Mirte Mallory, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE-cycle, “This test will help determine if there is community interest in future e-bike expansion.”

“Community input led to this trial of a small number of e-bikes in the WE-cycle fleet,” said John Krueger, Transportation Director for City of Aspen.  “Last year the City of Aspen completed an extensive community engagement project to determine the collective will on the installation of e-bikes and scooters in Aspen and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of  small test project with an already established bike provider.”

The program will offer three e-bikes in Basalt and three in Aspen which will be docked alongside the well-known silver pedal-powered WE-cycle bikes.  

Community membership in WE-cycle is free with complimentary 30-minute rides per session for the silver, pedal-powered bicycles; however, the e-bike is designed to be a faster mode of transit and a fee of $5 per minute will be implemented after 20-minutes to encourage quick trips. Cyclists are encouraged to seek traditional bicycle rentals from local bike shops for longer trips.

Because the community feedback grew into this pilot e-bike program, the community’s input is still very important in assessing next steps.  Riders will receive a survey after their first trip and anyone can send feedback on the pilot to info@we-cycle.org or take the survey online at www.we-cycle.org.


Aspen Mayor Torre said, “We look forward to hearing back from the public on how this pilot program integrates to our streetscape and downtown transit options.  The City is continuously committed to finding solutions that work for our residents and guests that support the reduction of carbon emissions, congestion, and vehicle miles traveled.”

Basalt Mayor Bill Kane, an avid cyclist and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Community Forum on Transportation and Mobility, shared his enthusiasm for testing the e-bike program, “The WE-cycle e-bikeshare pilot aligns with Basalt’s newly adopted Master Plan to provide enhanced transportation connections between East and West Basalt and supports the goals of our Climate Action Plan to get cars off the road and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

We-cycle e-bikes can be found by downloading the app “Transit” and looking for the WE-cycle station pin with a lightning bolt icon.  Customers can check out and return e-bikes in the same way they check out a pedal-powered WE-cycle bike.  The Transit app gives users a code to unlock a bike or customers who have one, can use their key card.

For more information on the WE-cycle e-bikeshare pilot program, visit www.we-cycle.org.

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