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PikeRide reports busiest year and plans for expansion

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 19:31:33-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — PikeRide, a bike share and nonprofit, is reporting that 2020 was its busiest year with more than 20,000 rides counted, 10,000 of which were given away for free.

We value serving our community and it shows through our actions. Below are some highlights:

  • In 2020 we gave out over 10,000 FREE rides to our community while also supporting our health care workers with FREE PikeRide memberships.
  • Our WeRide membership is a reduced-fare opportunity for those experiencing financial hardship.
  • In collaboration with Springs Rescue Mission and People for Bikes we have provided FREE memberships to clients who are engage in getting out of homelessness.
  • We regularly maintain our local Shooks Run Trail and waterway with group cleanups.
  • We are dedicated to offering youth internship opportunities.
  • Facilitate FREE community group rides.

We love supporting our community and couldn’t do it without all the support that we get from our sponsors and partners.

PikeRide launched back in the summer of 2018 under the Downtown Ventures umbrella, a nonprofit under the Downtown Partnership. However, at the beginning of 2020, the bike share transitioned to operating under its own nonprofit status and operates in the neighborhood of 40 bike hubs, accounting for nearly 300 bikes.

The nonprofit is passionate about helping people have access to a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient means of transportation but also have fun exploring the Colorado Springs area from the seat of an electronically assisted bicycle.

Over the course of the past year, management reports that the usage of their assets transitioned from being primarily used as transport throughout town, to being used more for recreational purposes.

"The fact that we were able to launch eight new hubs last year was really great," commented Riley Bratzler, the community outreach manager at PikeRide, "it tremendously expanded our service area and we're really excited to continue to do that."

In addition to adding new hubs, the past year has seen the nonprofit start new collaborations with local organizations like Springs Rescue Mission, and work to provide more wheels to more folks.

"Not only were we able to increase our density and station size," stated Julie Nesmith, the executive director, "but also we more than doubled our ridership last year, compared to any year prior."

As the organization prepares for warmer weather and another influx of riders who are ready to be out and about, they are also finalizing plans to expand their reach into Manitou Springs.

"We're just kind of doing what we're doing and getting ready for another great summer of riding and expanding stuff," finished Bratzler.

To learn more about how this nonprofit is hard at work improving Colorado Springs, CLICK HERE.