Getting around Denver can be tough, especially if you are new to the area and don’t have a vehicle of your own. Denver has many beautiful and historic locations to see and explore which all add to the “college experience”. Here are five tips to help you get around!
1. Ask a friend
At least one of your friends has a car and will be willing to explore historic downtown Denver if you just ask. 16th Street Mall is a great place to get some shopping, lunch, and even some exercise in all while experiencing the unique atmosphere of Downtown.
2. Call an Uber or Lyft
This is a (much) less expensive alternative to a taxi. Uber and Lyft are car sharing companies that allow local people to car pool and take costumers anywhere they’d like to go. A portion of the fare that you pay goes directly to the driver and the rest is paid to the respective company. Prices vary depending on where you go, but the cost is a small price to pay especially getting to tour the historic Denver Mint. Find Uber and Lyft on Google Play or the App Store.
3. Take the bus and other public transit
Student Acts offers free packets of 10 RTD bus passes for Regis University Undergraduate students. These passes also include the new Light Rail system, allowing for more transportation options. Get the passes at the Information Desk in the Student Center by showing your Regis ID. These passes are paid for through the student activity fees that are included in tuition. The bus and Light Rail are a homerun option when going to a Colorado Rockies game. Find your desired routes at the kiosk next to the student lounge in the student center or online at www.rtd-denver.com.
4. Use the Enterprise cars on campus
The Enterprise Car Sharing option is great for students who want to make quick trips around the Denver area, such as Red Rocks or Dinosaur Ridge. This is a student-only option which requires students to enroll prior to the rental. The car sharing program came to campus in 2011, and the cars are for short-term rentals that can be rented for an hourly or daily rate. Students who want to enroll in the car sharing program must be 18 years or older and can find more information online at www.regis.edu.
5. Walk/ride a bike
Colorado has the most fit people in the country, probably because of the beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery. The community around Regis has places to get all the essentials! Walk to the Noshery for a quick lunch or coffee break, or bike to William Scheitler Recreation on W. 46th Avenue for a dip in the pool. Regis students can rent high quality bicycles at the fitness center during hours of operation. Call 303.458-4202 or email Brian Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about rentals.
Associate Editor: Campus Life
Photo courtesy of The Denver Post