• Sep 15, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Back to (Safe Routes to) School

Bicycle Colorado’s 2014-15 Safe Routes to School programming kicked off just after Labor Day at Normandy Elementary School in Jefferson County. This year, we will be working with children in Crested Butte, Denver, Englewood, Gunnison, Jefferson County, Montrose and Sheridan. In addition to offering our traditional Safe Routes to School curriculum at many schools, Bicycle Colorado will…

  • Jul 23, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Biking on the rise? Count on It!

Traditional traffic counting systems only track the number of motorized vehicles. Of course this method leaves out a significant portion of people using public roads. Some roads may see 10%, 15%, 20% or more trips taken by people walking and biking. There is a wise saying that we can’t manage what we…

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  • May 22, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

How we’re helping grown-ups ride more

It’s that special time of year again, when the flat tires, the rusty chains and the cobwebbed bike frames get some extra consideration. People who don’t normally ride may be inspired by the gorgeous spring weather or may consider participating in Bike to Work day. They might brush off that bike, maybe…

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  • May 21, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Walking School Bus Success at Red Rocks Elementary

A few weeks ago, another one of our year-long Safe Routes to School programs finished up. It wasn’t a typical finish, though. It was one that required some customization … and one that ended with a huge (and unusual) success. The majority of our Safe Routes to School programs typically follow a…

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  • May 21, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Bicycle Colorado partners in helping cities, employers add active transportation

Earlier this year, Kaiser Permanente awarded Walk and Wheel grants to 10 city governments and 10 employers along the Front Range to help them plan and implement programs—and in some cases, physical projects—that give people healthy choices in getting where they need to go. Bicycle Colorado started work helping these governments and…

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  • May 7, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Safe Routes to School bill off to governor for signing

On May 6, the Colorado legislature passed the Safe Routes to School bill and sent it to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing. We are so excited about this victory, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the many supporters who reached out to their representatives and senators. If you’re…

  • May 1, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Colorado Slips to #6 in Bicycle Friendly Rankings

  After steadily climbing up the Bicycle Friendly States ranking to reach #2 last year, Colorado has dropped to the #6 position this year. The ranking is compiled by the League of American Bicyclists and is based on the following five categories: Legislation and Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education…

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  • Apr 30, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Safe Routes bill passes Senate committees, heads to floor

On April 29, the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee passed the Safe Routes to School Act, HB 14-1301, on a 4-0 (1 excused) vote. It next passed the Senate Appropriations Committee 5-2. And it may be presented as early as tonight in the full Senate. There’s still time today to ask your state…

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  • Apr 17, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Safe Routes passes in the House, Needs your help in Senate

On April 11, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Safe Routes to School Act, HB 14-1301, on a 42-20 vote with $700,000 in state funding. We asked you to reach out to your state representatives to voice your support for the Safe Routes to School program, and your voices were heard.…

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  • Apr 16, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Colorado rates high for commuting and safety in latest bicycling benchmark study

Colorado rates toward the top for the number of people riding their bikes to work and safety while riding, according to new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The report examines the hard data behind the growing movement for more bicycling and walking. Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014…

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  • Apr 16, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Want a new bike? Here’s your chance

Attendees at the Bicycle Colorado Gala on April 25 will have a bonanza of bicycles to bid on in our silent and live auctions. If you’re looking for a new bike and want to support a great cause, buy tickets to our Gala now! You’ll have five chances to get the bike…

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  • Apr 15, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

What’s Your Story?

Many people have a bicycling story. Maybe it’s your first memory on a bike. Perhaps it is completing a century ride. Or it could be riding your favorite mountain bike trail. The bicycle has created many stories in my life. I’ve met a lot of friends, had great adventures and seen a…

  • Apr 15, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Take a trip and help Bicycle Colorado

  If you’ve always wanted to ride your bicycle across Europe or take a guided mountain bike trip, come to the Bicycle Colorado Gala on April 25. We have three great bicycling trips up for grabs in our live auction, which supports our mission to make our state better for everyone who…

  • Apr 1, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

How can we get people like me to ride more?

Hang out with bicycling advocates for any amount of time, and you’re sure to hear the term “the 60 percent.” It refers to a study done by the Portland Department of Transportation that shows about 60 percent of Portlanders are interested and curious about riding their bikes for fun and transportation, but…

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  • Mar 26, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Colorado Adopts Statewide “Amber Alert” for Hit and Run

Hit and run crashes are some of the most difficult to solve, especially when the victim is a person riding a bike or walking. Over the years, Bicycle Colorado and other partner groups have supported new laws to help address this terrible crime. On Tuesday, Governor Hickenlooper signed the latest effort, State…

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  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Legislative Update: Bills Affecting Bicycling

During the 2014 Colorado legislative session, Bicycle Colorado endorses these bills in addition to the Safe Routes to School Act: House Bill 14-1191: Hit and Run Medina Alert Program In 2012, Denver instituted a program that sends instant notifications about some hit-and-run crashes to cab drivers, bus drivers and the media in…

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  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Safe Routes in the House (of Representatives)

The bill that will keep the Colorado Safe Routes to School program alive goes to its first committee hearing on March 19, when Representative Diane Mitch Bush presents the bill to the State House Transportation Committee. Success for this bill is critical as it supports the primary child safety program in Colorado…

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  • Mar 10, 2014
  • By Ted Heyd

Are we shifting toward sustainable streets?

Through the generous sponsorship of Kaiser Permanente, Dan Grunig (our executive director) and I recently attended the 13th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver. (That’s me with Rachel Hultin discussing smart growth with Smokey the Bear at the conference, by the way.) Many of the policies we advocate for and programs…

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  • Mar 4, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Pactimo: Colorado company supporting better bicycling

Business Member Spotlight Pactimo has been a supporter of Bicycle Colorado since 2007.  Recently, I was able to ask Pactimo’s Tony Kelsey about the business and why supporting Bicycle Colorado is important to their product and service offerings. Tell us about Pactimo. What products and services do you offer? Pactimo is a…

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  • Mar 4, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Bill to save Safe Routes to School introduced

On March 3, State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush introduced a bill to save the Colorado Safe Routes to School program. She was joined by 13 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and three in the Senate, led by sponsor Sen. Andy Kerr. See the list of sponsors on the right. House Bill 14-1301…

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  • Mar 3, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

It’s time for spring Safe Routes programs

Last week, Bicycle Colorado educators started the spring semester of teaching biking and walking safety at elementary schools. We’re presenting our Safe Routes to School curriculum at six schools between now and the end of the school year: College View Elementary, southwest Denver (Denver Public Schools) Harrington Elementary, northwest Denver (Denver Public…

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  • Feb 19, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Construction starts on Peaks to Plains trail segment

Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties have begun work on a $10.2 million, six-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains trail, a paved, multipurpose trail that will eventually connect Loveland Pass to a connection with the South Platte River Trail in Adams County. This trail segment will follow Clear Creek along US Highway…

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  • Feb 19, 2014
  • By Amy Morfas

Harvey Family Foundation grants $10K for education

We are pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the Hugh and Michelle Harvey Family Foundation. The grant will help fund Bicycle Colorado’s education programming in schools through our Safe Routes to School program. The grant funding will be applied towards our work in six Jefferson County schools for…

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  • Feb 5, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Reports detail how Colorado supports bicycling

For the past several weeks, we’ve been working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to complete a rigorous report to the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Walking and Biking about the ways our state government supports bicycling. The League uses the report to determine its Bicycle Friendly States ranking,…

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  • Jan 22, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Check out the Event Calendar for great 2014 rides

If you’re looking for a great ride this season, you’ll find more than two dozen Colorado bicycle events on our 2014 Event Calendar. Each listed event supports our work as Event Members. The calendar includes big, familiar rides plus new and emerging events. It highlights the wonderful and diverse organized rides that…

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  • Jan 22, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

US 36 permanent repairs begin Jan. 13

US 36, the highway between Lyons and Estes Park, has been identified as the first road to undergo permanent repairs after it was severely damaged in the September 2013 floods. Sections of the highway are so eroded by the river that parts are down to one lane until repairs can be made.…

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  • Jan 21, 2014
  • By Dan Grunig

Bicycling Matters: Getting bicycles into the state transportation plan

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is undertaking the update of the Statewide Transportation Plan for 2040. I know, I know, who cares about 2040? It may sound like a long way away, but this plan helps set the priorities for spending the public’s $1.2 billion of state transportation funds each year…

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  • Jan 8, 2014
  • By Bicycle Colorado

Cylcocross championships put Colorado in biking spotlight

  The USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship kicks off today, Jan. 8, at Valmont Park in Boulder. The event runs through Sun., Jan. 12. We’re excited to see ‘cross stars from across the country in our state for this event. It shines the spotlight on Colorado as one of the best places…

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The Latest News

  • We were THRILLED to host @thewaroncars for their first-ever episode recorded in front of a live audience at our #MPFCO conference last week. They chatted with special guest @kyleclark9news about media coverage of safe streets issues and about the mobility scene in Denver. You can listen NOW by clicking the link in our bio. Thanks to the War on Cars team for traveling to Denver—please come back any time! #bicyclecolorado
  • We had our first trip to the Capitol of the session today, working to get the Senate Judiciary to pass SB 061, the bike lane bill. The bill defines bike lanes in Colorado law and establishes that bicyclists have the right-of-way in a bike lane. It passed today by a vote of 3-2! Now it heads to the Senate floor at a time TBD! The bill is sponsored by Senator Mike Foote and Representative KC Becker (Speaker of the House), and @cyclist_lawyer has been instrumental in bringing it forward! #bicyclecolorado
  • #BicycleColorado’s Executive Director, Pete, and Senior Communications and Policy Manager, Jack, spent part of yesterday afternoon live on @koacolorado’s Mandy Connell Show talking about the way we use our streets. We discussed why Colorado communities are investing in bike lanes, how we can educate on the rules of the road and keep everyone safe, the many benefits of bicycling and much more.

Take a listen by clicking the link in our bio and jumping ahead to the 36-minute mark of the episode!