Ride sharing, bicycling, RTD, and all those scooters make Denver feel like a city you could live in sans car. But before you ditch your pollution-spewing ride, you may have some concerns. We discovered three local solutions.
Concern: Should I be scared of biking in the Mile High City? (Because I am.)
Try: The Bike Streets Map, an overview of more than 400 miles of cycling-safer side streets across Denver
Because: A mere 16 percent of respondents to a recent Denver Regional Council of Governments survey said they felt confident riding on city streets. That sense of danger led avid Denver bike commuter Avi Stopper to recruit a team of 150 volunteers to chart low-traffic, low-speed bike routes. The resulting map, released in 2018, can be downloaded for no charge from bikestreets.com. Plus, a free iPhone and Android app, set to debut sometime this summer, displays your location on the map as you pedal along.
Concern: The mountains are calling. Without my sport utility vehicle, how am I supposed to answer?
Try: Titus Adventure Company, a Denver business that rents four-wheel-drive rigs
Because: When it’s safe to travel again, rent your choice of Toyota—Tacoma, 4Runner, or Sequoia—and the Titus team will deliver it to your driveway. Each vehicle comes with unlimited miles, skid plates, upgraded off-road suspension, and a rooftop tent, as well as (at an added cost) backcountry equipment, such as fishing gear or a bike rack. Don’t worry about washing off that well-earned layer of mud; Titus takes care of cleaning the exterior and interior when you return. From $210 per night in the summer, plus additional fees for gear
Concern: How will I get my groceries home from the store without a spacious car trunk?
Try: The Guru, an electric-assist cargo bike from Denver’s Juggernaut Cargo Bikes
Because: While you can purchase a pedal-powered freight hauler at area shops like SloHi Bike Company and Front Range Cargo Bikes, you may want to test how the European trend translates to Denver. Conveniently, Juggernaut is accepting applications to try the Guru—its battery-assisted pedaling system can boost you and your up-to-300-pound haul over hills—for a free week this summer. Your feedback will be used to perfect the bike before it hits the market (debut TBA).