Members asked, Pete answered
Once a month in our eNews, we ask our members to tell us what they’re thinking about certain projects we’re working on. Their feedback helps us improve the work that we do, and it ensures that we’re working effectively for the people who make our work possible.
In last week’s eNews, we had a special question for members–we wanted them to ask Pete, our new executive director, the questions that were important to them. Here are a few of his responses.
Welcome to BC, Pete. I think the director should be an avid cyclist to fully appreciate the issues we face daily on the roads throughout Colorado. I’d like to know more details about your cycling experience, type and frequency of your rides, and if you have plans to join in local group rides and other challenging ride events.
– Jim S., member since 2017
I agree, Jim, and though I’m not coming to Bicycle Colorado from inside the bike industry, I have been involved in a number of rides around the state. My first in Colorado was in 1997, from Aspen to Snowmass. It practically killed me–I was a novice mountain biker at the time. I’ve also ridden Elephant Rock, the Copper Triangle, Triple Bypass and other road rides, and taken part in mountain bike festivals like the Fruita Fat Tire Festival. I had a 10-year stretch that involved a lot of racing, and mostly on mountain bikes–Winter Park, Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, Firecracker 50, Silverush 50, Breck 100, Leadville 100–to name a few. I haven’t raced in five years, and now I’m doing a lot more commuting mixed in with weekend rides with my wife and kids. My go-to ride is taking the Platte River trail to Deer Creek Canyon to High Grade in Jefferson County. I look forward to participating in more events across the state, and hopefully with a lot of Bicycle Colorado members.
How will you encourage the “average” Joe (and Jane) to commute by bike?
– Katie C., member since 2012
Hi Katie, thanks for your question. We try and communicate the many personal benefits that go hand in hand with bike commuting–such as improved health and air quality–to members and supporters. We hear time again from bike commuters that safety is a top concern. As a commuter myself I can understand why, and as the population of Colorado continues to grow and more people turn to bicycling as a means of transportation, addressing safety concerns is especially important to get more people bicycling. But we’ll also continue to highlight in our day-to-day communication topics and stories relevant to bike commuters, heighten awareness of safe bicycling routes and provide access to educational materials to understand bicyclists rights, rules of the road, basic maintenance and more.
What are the greatest opportunities for Bicycle Colorado to grow in the next five years?
As many Coloradans would tell you, though maybe not in so many words, the word is out–people are discovering how great Colorado is. The population grows by the day, and that’s an opportunity for Bicycle Colorado to increase the number of people who ride bikes–be it for transportation or recreation. This summer, we’ll be developing a strategic plan that will allow us to identify and pursue highest impact opportunities. A few opportunities we will be assessing include strengthening partnerships with local, grassroots advocacy organizations across the state; promoting active transportation and transportation equity by ensuring our historically underserved communities have equal access to bike infrastructure; and continuing to improve our already-strong legislative and educational work.