Golden, Colo. — June 11, 2018 — The City of Golden now has another alternative transportation option for commuters. Today, ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless shared mobility company, launched a bike share program in Golden. This one-year pilot program with ofo is an opportunity for the Golden community to try out a new form of bike sharing that will complement our existing options. The dockless bikes are an easy and fun way to take short trips around town. All you have to do is download the ofo app on your phone, use it to locate a nearby bike, scan the code on the bike, and for just $1 per hour, off you go. Find details at www.ofo.com.
Golden received a federal grant in 2015 to start its own version of bike share to fit the community. The first phase was the Golden Bike Library, which is very successful and well received in Golden. The second phase of the plan is a distributed system so that bikes would be available throughout the community. The partnership with ofo bikes helps the City achieve this second phase. On June 7, 2018, Golden City Council unanimously approved the pilot program for one year, and it will be under close evaluation to ensure a good fit with Golden.
You will find the dockless bikes near bus and transit stops, on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines, and many other popular destinations throughout town. People can use them for short trips that might otherwise require a car. It’s an easy, inexpensive and fun way to get around town. “Because Golden is a smaller community, it gives us the opportunity to try out innovative transportation programs including the ofo bike share, the Golden Bike Library, and the Call & Ride local circulator bus,” said Golden Sustainability Coordinator Theresa Worsham. “So, when you see one of the new yellow bikes around town, test it out for yourself and see how easy it can be to leave the car at home.”
Golden residents made it clear in the Golden Vision 2030 process that they want a community that is walkable and bikeable. “Ideally this will help us make more progress on many of our community and sustainability goals related to reducing vehicle emissions, helping to relieve parking and congestion issues, and providing a healthy and inexpensive transportation option for short trips throughout town,” said City Planner Rick Muriby.
For more information on the ofo bike share program, visit www.ofo.com.