RTD, Commuting Solutions, local dignitaries celebrate the opening of new Bike-n-Ride shelters

DENVER (May 4, 2022) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD), Commuting Solutions, the city and county of Broomfield and the city of Westminster officially opened new Bike-n-Ride shelters to the public today at two RTD stations with a ribbon cutting. The shelters expand the network of bike parking available to transit customers, with locations at the US 36•Broomfield Station (westbound side) and the US 36•Sheridan Station (eastbound side).

RTD’s Bike-n-Ride program fills the first- and final-mile gap for transit customers making connections to and from RTD stations, making it easier to combine bus trips and bike rides for running errands or traveling to and from work. The facilities provide secure, weather-protected space for transit customers to store their bikes.

Throughout Boulder County, RTD has partnered with communities to add Bike-n-Ride shelters along the US 36 corridor. The shelters opening today are the first outside of Boulder County. Bike riders who want to use the shelters must apply online to receive a card to access the shelters.

The program was launched to meet growing transit and bike ridership along US 36. In 2017, RTD brought the region’s first-ever Bus Rapid Transit service to the corridor with the Flatiron Flyer route. The US 36 Bikeway was also completed in 2017, providing a safe, direct path for people traveling through the northwest metro region on bikes. The addition of shelters at transit stations along this corridor provides improved travel continuity and expands customer choices for how to get around.

RTD Board Chair Vince Buzek, RTD Board Director Erik Davidson, Broomfield Mayor Guyleen Castriotta, Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally and Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros were on hand to celebrate the milestone while staff demonstrated how to use the shelters at the US 36•Sheridan Station to mark the opening.

“Bike-n-Ride shelters provide a great opportunity to help commuters accomplish their first or final mile,” Commuting Solutions Executive Director DeBarros said. “The shelters provide protection from Colorado weather and give people another option to get to and from work, school or other activity centers in the corridor.”

"Our mission at RTD is to make lives better through connections," RTD Board Chair Buzek said. "By providing secure bicycle parking, these new shelters support that mission by encouraging our customers to take alternative modes of transportation to our stations."

"Continuing to improve first- and final-mile options to the US36 Flatiron Flyer stations, such as these Bike-n-Ride shelters, is essential to increasing multimodal access and equity in our transportation system while moving us forward into a more sustainable future," Broomfield Mayor Castriotta said.

"In these times of rising gas prices, Westminster is pleased to offer residents an affordable alternative option for their commute. This new Bike-n-Ride shelter is another incentive for residents to access the RTD station from Westminster's hundreds of miles of bike trails and lanes," Westminster Mayor McNally said.

For more information about the Bike-n-Ride shelters, and to apply for an access card, visit Commuting Solutions' webpage. Applicants will receive their access cards within two weeks after applying.