Come Ride with ReRide in Scenic Cheyenne
Cheyenne’s Re-Ride program is back this year and better than ever with new bright orange bikes and an easy-to-use, app-based rental system that allows rentals all day long.
Cheyenne’s Re-Ride program is back this year and better than ever with new bright orange bikes and an easy-to-use, app-based rental system that allows rentals all day long. The new checkout system allows users with an account to locate available bikes. In addition, riders have the option to easily pause the rental while they shop or dine at one of downtown’s many fantastic restaurants, ensuring that when they’re ready to start riding again, the bike is waiting for them.
“The new app-based program provides an incredibly easy and secure way for people to get outside and explore downtown,” said Amber Ash, DDA Executive Director. “These bicycles be checked out 24/7. We wanted to increase the convenience and accessibility for the public’s use, and hope that this will continue to increase ridership.” The Downtown Cheyenne Development Authority is excited to support outdoor recreation and cycling, as well as access to public bike exercise.
Re-Ride launched in 2016 to bring a free bike share program to the Cheyenne Community. Rock on Wheels stripped over 200 bicycles for usable parts. They outfitted and powder-coated them yellow with the Re-Ride brand. This program has seen steady growth since its inception. In 2018, 340 bicycles were used and 41 people checked out the bikes more than once. This was an increase in ridership of 27% over the previous year. Last year, there were 423 rental transactions. Of those 423 rentals, 128 were for more than one bicycle. The numbers also show that 87 of the total rentals were repeat renters.
The new locks on the bikes are fast and easy to use. You need to first wake the lock by pressing the power button on the right of the lock, then scan the QR code with the app on your smartphone. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to ride! When you’re ready to end the ride, just look for one of the Re-Ride bike racks around downtown, with locations available on either the Re-Ride website or in the app itself. Rentals are $1/hour, making Re-Ride an affordable choice for navigating the downtown area and experiencing the community!
The locks also provide an answer to some of the past problems with the Re-Ride problem, including bikes that were unfortunately stolen, lost, or misplaced. “We are excited to have the opportunity to revamp this Re-Ride program and troubleshoot many of the issues that have been a problem in the past,” Ash noted about the new locking system. In addition, we’re thrilled for the Cheyenne community and visitors alike to have the opportunity to enjoy this new bike share and hope that the bikes enrich the lives of people downtown.
In the future, interested businesses will be able to partner with the Re-Ride program to offer their employees bike share time as an employee benefit. We are also exploring ways to offer interested riders low cost monthly ride share plans instead of individual rentals. We hope you are as excited about Re-Ride’s growth and possibilities moving forward into the future as we are.
We’re grateful for the continued assistance and support of Rock on Wheels. The DDA is also grateful for the support of grants and sponsors who have helped make the new bikes possible, especially Cycle Wyoming and Cheyenne State Bank.