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    Free 16th Street mall ride

    by oriettaIT Written Mar 14, 2014

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    Denver offer to its citizen and visitor a great help to enjoy the mail shopping street.
    16th Street Mall ride is a free shuttle bus that go back and forth along the 16th from Union Station to Civic Center Station. You can hop on and off as many time you want and it is very useful if you are visiting the different area of the center.
    Rides are frequents, timetable and more information are available on the city site below

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    The bus

    by apuleuis Written Aug 6, 2012

    Most of the time in Denver we got around with bus or light rail. The bus system is fairly extensive and reliable. We got to see some interesting parts of the city we wouldn't have seen otherwise. My friend had a way to look everything up on her smart phone, otherwise it may have been more difficult.

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  • Exploring Denver in a rental car

    by martafonseca Updated Mar 28, 2012

    Getting around Denver can be a little tricky if you're driving from the suburbs to downtown, where we spent most of the time. We rented with Auto Europe http://www.auto-europe.co.uk and picked up our car from the airport. Like any major city, the traffic can be hectic during rush hour, but I truly believe it's the best way to explore the city. We drove to Boulder (about 30 mins away) and from there to Estes Park. Go for a rental car if you really want to explore the city at your own pace!

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    B-cycle

    by atufft Updated May 1, 2011

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    B-cycle Terminal near a parking lot in Denver, CO
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    There's a rental system of bicycles called B-Cycle in downtown Denver. This system is linked below, and described as a "sharing" system because it involves a membership. You'll note that the system is also found in a few other cities within the USA. Basically, the system works by first issuing a fare card, similar to what transit system use, then one swipe the card and unlocks the bike. The bicycle is not a sports riding model, but a utilitarian bicycle with a basket that's good for short distances, like around downtown. But, the user is charged by the time, with rides under 30 minutes incurring no extra charge above the membership. So the plan is to ride to another "terminal" where B-cycles are parked to leave the vehicle and go on foot from there. These B-cycle terminals are located near the RTD Light Rail terminals and auto parking lots downtown.

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    RTD Light Rail

    by atufft Written May 1, 2011

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    RTD Denver Light Rail Station

    The RTD light rail system in Denver is similar to that found in many other cities, but implemented very well here. For example, in Sacramento, which is close to where I live, the light rail doesn't travel very fast around downtown because it competes with vehicular traffic. In Denver, the same rail system has a dedicated route that reaches speeds of 55mph or higher. See the link below for more details. There are 5 lines, some of which overlap, but which are 24/7 in service for the Denver area. The system is not expensive and is very popular for those attending sporting events downtown or for bar hopping without the worry of driving. The system is hardly "light rail" in the sense that the tracks are actually spaced 6' apart, with an overhead double wire electrical power supply. Freight trains have rails space only 4'. The RTD trains bank around turns and are very stable. Bicycles can be brought onboard.

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    Mall Ride

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The free Mall Ride bus travels up and down 16th street all day. It's free, it's step on service. It's the only traffic on 16th street between Union Station and the Civic Center (16 blocks). It connects the Union Station Light Rail to the California and Stout Street Light Rail. Many of the towns theaters, convention centers, hotels and restaurants are withint 2 blocks of the Mall Ride.

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    Taxi's in Denver

    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    taxi crossing Broadway

    Taxi's in Denver are not as plentiful or as easy to flag down as they are in NYC or Chicago. They are however a good way to get around and if you are in the CBD one will always be just minutes away from you.

    Taxi fares are set by the Colorado Public Utility Commision (P.U.C.) and are the same for all registered taxi's in the Denver area. $1.60 for the pickup and $0.25 for each eighth of a mile after this. If you are stuck in traffic and moving less than 15 mph the meter will start charging based on time and not distance at 37.5 cents per minute. If your taxi driver gets you stuck in a traffic jam than he shouldn't have done this unless it's a new bottleneck. They have the ability and knowledge to get you around town quickly and efficiently.

    The two major cab companies in Denver are Yellow Cab at 303-777-7777

    and Metro Taxi at 303-333-3333, they have the easiest number to remember. The motto is "3 is all you need."

    Flat rates from Denver International Airport is $46.00 to Downtown Denver for all taxis, this is also set by the P.U.C.

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    For snowboarding practice or General Transport

    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not the Rio Grande Railroad

    Take the light rail to get to some of the outlying suburbs. No you can't get to the mountains on the light rail but a friend once told me that balancing on the light rail without holding onto anything is great balance practice for snowboarding. Some of the sites that you can get to on the light rail are Coors Field (baseball), The Pepsi Center (Hockey, Basketball), Six Flags Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, The African American Cowboy Museum, the Museo de los Americas and Buckhorn Exchange Restaraunt (10th and Osage station) and the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. The light rail has two lines that split at the 10th and Osage station. The Orange line takes off on a short west route that ends at Union Station. The main Green line goes to the heart of Downtown and ends in the up and coming five points neighberhood. Parking is free at the park and rides and a zone boundary exists at Hampden Avenue. The fare needed is dependent on how far you are travelling, at the automated machine simply enter in your starting stop and your arrival stop and the machine will tell you how much you owe, a short juant within one zone will cost you $1.50. I suggest bringing enough change for the machine as dollar bills can be a pain in the machine.

    A new line is set to open in November of 2006 that runs to the Southeast suburbs of Denver. It does not serve many tourist areas, but is more designed to give commuters the option of using public rail over cars. Also, Denver area voters in their ability to plan and think about the future voted in a tax increase to pay for a massive new rail public transportation expansion due to open in about 2016, it is planned to provide over 100 miles of new rail!

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    Light Rail

    by RJ1967 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These trains go from 30th & Downing streets (nr downtown) to Santa Fe & Mineral (southern metro Denver) every 15 minutes or so - depending on the time of day.

    Fares $1.25 for all stops between downtown and Hampden Ave. and $2.50 for any trip further south than that. Bicycles are allowed on the trains, but only in the rear cars and only during non peak hours.

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    Denver Airport

    by pginer Written Feb 15, 2011
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    Denver airport is a very modern airport far from the city (watch up! more than 50 dollars taxi to Denver). It was built to be one of the major flight-hubs in north america due to its great location. But in my experience it was not built to arrive to Denver .... too far and very expensive the transportation to the city center.

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    Good Place to Park Cheap

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    There are a couple of private lots that do not charge the high end charge of public lots close by for the sites around the art district. One is on 12th & Acoma Streets. They have a fee of $5 all day versus a public lot for the art museum of $1 per hour of the first 3, and then $2 per hour afterword. Why discourage patrons to come down town??

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    Denver International Airport

    by Toughluck Written Sep 16, 2009
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    Getting in and out of Denver is easy, when flying. The airport is located to the far northeast, but ground transportation if plentiful. Numerous rental car agencies are on the grounds and there are several options from hotel shuttles to commercial shuttles to and from every part of town.

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    Market Street Station

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    My son between big chess pieces

    My husband said this was taken at a bus stop. Actually, according to the internet, These two chess pieces are located at RTD's Market Street Station (hub between buses and light rail). They are both huge sculpture and functional sitting/play areas for chess, checkers and backgammon. They were created by Brian Swanson and installed in 2001.

    Market Street stations is connected to Union Station via the "FREE MallRide" shuttle service.

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    Freedom Cab Charlie Collett

    by lashr1999 Written Aug 2, 2009

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    Pretty good driver and knowledgeable driver. He gives you a mini tour while driving. For repeat customers, he gives you a discount if your ride is over $25. That is good if you ride into town from the airport with him and then catch a return trip to the airport with him. Shuttle service into town from the airport does not make sense if you have 3 people, so this is a good alternative. Call ahead to get picked up then get your discount on the return trip to the airport;)

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    16th Street Free Mall Ride

    by yellowbell Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    The 16th Street Free Mall Ride runs along 16 blocks of restaurants (Hard Rock, Paramount Cafe), retail stores (Ann Taylor, Ross - Dress for Less), theaters (Denver Pavilions), and souvenir shops. MallRide stops at every intersection between Union Station and the 16th Avenue/Broadway intersection. You can use it to visit the interesting attractions in downtown.

    Here are noteworthy stops and attractions are some 2-3 blocks away:

    Broadway - Civic Center, Denver Art Museum

    Glenarm - Denver Pavilions for restaurants, famous clothing stores, theaters and souvenir shops

    California - Tourist Information Center is right at the intersection of California and 16th Street; inbound connection to the Light Rail

    Stout - Colorado Convention Center, outbound connection to the Light Rail

    Champa - Denver Performing Arts Complex

    Laurence - Writer Square is right at the intersection of Laurence and 16th Street; 2 blocks down is Larimer Square for the Historic Downtown

    Union - for connections to the Light Rail, Amtrak and RTD buses

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