Bikes make communities more resilient: A message from Pete about COVID-19’s impact on our work
During this time of uncertainty, I want to thank you for supporting and keeping up with our work at Bicycle Colorado. With so much going on in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, I wanted to write a quick update on what you’ll be seeing from us in the days to come.
Like countless other organizations, the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly have an effect on the work we do over the next few weeks, and potentially longer. For starters, we are postponing all of our in-person education programs through April 18. We hope to reschedule those programs throughout the Summer and Fall, though it’s possible we’ll be canceling additional classes should the need arise. We’re also taking a hard look at contingency options for our annual fundraiser, currently scheduled for May 8.
Further, our work at the legislature is on hold through at least March 30, which is when Colorado lawmakers will reconvene after taking the unprecedented step to close their doors this past weekend. You will learn more about what we’ve accomplished over the past few weeks in our next edition of eNews, coming out this Wednesday.
We’re fortunate that much of our work can be performed remotely. We’re encouraging our staff to take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones for the foreseeable future.
Like every nonprofit organization right now, we’re reflecting on the value of our work and doing our best to anticipate the coronavirus’ impact on our yearly goals, including our fundraising goals. With our state’s continued population growth, deteriorating air quality due to more and more people driving, and traffic fatalities trending in the wrong direction, we strongly believe our work is more important than ever.
We rely heavily on our members and individual donors like you to make our work possible, and it would be disingenuous to say that we aren’t worried about what COVID-19 might mean for Bicycle Colorado down the line. If you are able at this time, I hope you’ll make a gift or renew your membership today to help ensure our financial stability during this uncertain time.
But beyond that, I hope you’ll take comfort in all the good that bicycling brings to our communities. Bikes connect people, they improve our health and the health of our neighbors, they reduce our stress levels—important in times like these—and they allow us to see the world in new and unexpected ways. Bikes make communities more resilient. I’m comforted by that fact, and I hope you are, too. I encourage you to get out and ride in the days to come.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope to ride bikes with you soon.
Executive Director, Bicycle Colorado