A May 1 article in the Daily Camera called “Denver beats Boulder to public bike-share program” focused on an apparent controversy that Denver launched a program before Boulder.
I was disappointed to see the perception of many council members that since Denver did it first, Boulder must do its own version. Why do we need to build a duplicate system? At a time when Boulder’s resources are being stretched to the limit wouldn’t it make more sense to leverage the work of others?
Denver’s B-cycle bike-share program is based on very effective European bike-sharing models and is well on its way to being the first effective bike-sharing system in the US. The best part about Denver’s program is that it is not exclusive to Denver, and will soon be launched in cities nation-wide. It could easily be launched in Boulder as well.
Boulder has one of the nation’s best environmental policies and active communities, but we can expand our reach by supporting Denver’s program and adopting it so as to quickly implement a bike-share program rather than stubbornly insisting that we build our own independent system.
Could we build our own? Could it be better? Perhaps. In fact, two of the four companies that made Denver’s program possible are based out of Boulder. But the issue is: do we need to?
Instead of “reinventing the wheel,” Boulder should adopt good working solutions wherever they exist, and focus our talents and resources on finding solutions to problems that have yet to be solved. That would create a true win for the environment, our health, the Front Range, and Colorado.
-John Basso, CIO at Amadeus Consulting (one of the two Boulder companies that helped build the B-Cycle System)
CIO at Amadeus Consulting