Last Updated: 09:38 March 29, 2012
This new Boulder B-cycle bike is not your grandma's cruiser.
At first glance, the shiny, red bikes look like something grandma would ride, but they have some fun, modern amenities, too.
Some 200 B-cycles will soon be parked at 25 “docking stations” around downtown Boulder, just waiting for riders like you to rent them for a nominal fee. They are free for the first 30 minutes and $20 for a month's membership, based on the Denver program's prices.
They're the brainchild of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the ad agency with an office in Boulder.
These cycles have gadgets on them that give riders the chance to know how many calories they burned and how many carbon emissions they offset by riding their bikes instead of driving a car.
The gadget also is has a global positioning system, so you know where you're going. You can share the information with your friends via Facebook, or keep it private. The bikes also have safety lights, front baskets and built-in locks.
Close to 103,000 rides were taken on the bikes last year in Denver, the inaugural year. Organizers are expecting Boulder to see similar use when the bikes roll out in May.
The Eye will admit it — it has had a hangover or two. All that pain — the equivalent of your pounding headache, sick stomach and listless feeling— seems to gravitate to its cornea.
It also knows the feeling of waking up after a great party and rubbing itself in disbelief at the resulting mess.
That's why The Eye has been following the exploits of a pair of CU grads, Alex Vere-Nicoll and Marc Simons, founders of Hangover Helpers LLC.
Hangover Helpers will, for a modest fee, deliver food to your home the morning after a bender. Better yet, they'll stick around to clean up.
Vere-Nicoll said the company's core customers are CU students, but Hangover Helpers also takes appointments from people who should be old enough to know better, all for the price of $15 per roommate.
The two entrepreneurs have received a fair amount of press, both locally and in national outlets such as Time Magazine and USA Today.
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