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Exciting Bicycle Colorado events planned for 2017!

With 2016 quickly wrapping up (where does the time go?), it seems like a great opportunity to share our new and improved roster of events to be hosted by Bicycle Colorado next year. With the addition of an events manager, Claire Peters, to our staff, we have increased capacity to do more…

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New study quantifies benefits cycling offers Colorado

A new study released by multiple state agencies found that bicycling contributes significantly to Colorado’s economy ($1.6 billion in 2015), and that almost half of the state’s adults rode a bicycle in the past year, making Colorado one of the most active states in the nation. Bicycle Colorado partnered with several agencies and…

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CDOT Launches $500,000 Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge

Do you think you can design a better transportation system? Do you have great ideas for moving pedestrians and cyclists more safely? If so, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wants to hear from you. You could win thousands of dollars simply for offering a great idea, or for providing and executing a concrete…

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Women Bike Colorado night at the movies!

“The worst day on a bike is still a pretty good day.” Spoken by a pro woman cyclist, that was one of the lines that stayed with me from Jennifer Hardacker’s film, The Wind In Our Hair. The documentary, which follows an eclectic and engaging cast of characters–all women and girls who love to…

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Route finding by bike about to get easier in Jefferson County

You know that frustration. You’re out on a ride getting some miles in or just on a Sunday stroll with some pals. You reach a point on the route or trail and it’s suddenly and abundantly unclear how and where the route continues. No signs, no pavement markings, nobody to follow or…

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Sterling says yes to becoming a bike-friendly city

One of the many perks of being on Bicycle Colorado’s education team is the opportunity to travel the state beyond the Front Range. Don’t get me wrong, the Front Range is wonderful, but other parts of Colorado have equally beautiful places and lovely people, especially when those people are fans of biking. The small town…

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VeloSwap: Colorado’s annual treasure hunt

Time to mark your calendars, bike fans and gear junkies, because in one week’s time Subaru VeloSwap—the world’s largest buy, sell and recycle bicycling and sports expo—will be here! The event takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Denver’s National Western Complex. No matter if you are there…

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The Seattle :: Denver Mutual Admiration Society

Daydreaming for a more bike-friendly city As an active transportation advocate, professional crushes are fun and necessary. Without inspiration, it’s difficult to see what is possible and help others see it with you. At any given time, my professional crushes include a few people (Jay Walljasper and Gil Penalosa), a couple of organizations (PeopleForBikes and…

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Consider a bicycle tour for your next vacation

I fell in love with bicycle touring at the age of 27 when I rode my first Ride The Rockies. Experiencing our state via bicycle is a splendid way to spend a week. I have been hooked on cycling vacations ever since. It’s the combination of being outdoors all day, the camaraderie…

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Not your grandma’s school library

Bike libraries are a hot topic in the bike world. Libraries are popping up at recreation centers, city buildings and community hubs. But what about at elementary schools? Buena Vista’s bike library Bicycle Colorado’s education team worked with the town of Buena Vista to develop a bike library at Avery Parsons Elementary School. The…

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Healthy communities, healthy bodies: member spotlight on Dave Lawful

It all began at a city council meeting in 2014. “I stood up and said, ‘I want to call your attention to something. I’m a bike commuter, but there just aren’t enough bikeways for me to get to where I need to go. Does Lone Tree have a plan for making improvements?”…

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Bike advocacy, demystified

ad·vo·cate: n. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of): an advocate of peace What’s a bike advocate? Since I have a job in bike advocacy, I get asked this question often. Usually it sounds like this: “But, what do you DO? How do you convince…

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Steady progress on Longmont flood repairs

As the calendar approaches the three-year anniversary of the worst flash flood event in Longmont’s history, the city continues to repair and improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that was either damaged or destroyed. It’s a long process, to be sure. Some of the final projects are scheduled to be completed in late 2017,…

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Bike innovations: 5 ideas from around the country

We focus a lot on Colorado in this blog (for obvious reasons), but today is different. I regularly read about ways communities are getting more people riding and improving safety for bicyclists, and recently I’ve come across some ideas worth sharing. They’re not all new, but some of them are new to the U.S. Washington, DC:…

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Rollout of new protected bike lane big success

Denver’s first two-way protected bike lane was unveiled on Monday, August 15 and we—and plenty of others!—were on hand to celebrate. The City and County of Denver installed the lane, which runs along South Broadway between Bayaud and Virginia Avenues. Monday evening, hundreds of cyclists gathered at Illegal Pete’s on Broadway to…

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Behind the scenes in Bike Town USA: member spotlight on Routt County Riders

Through hard work and collaboration between volunteers and local businesses, our fellow advocacy organization Routt County Riders has helped build an amazing trail network and thriving bike culture in Steamboat Springs—also known as Bike Town, USA—and the surrounding area. I talked with four tireless advocates who help lead Routt County Riders: Alan…

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Bike sharing takes many forms in Colorado

Getting Coloradans and visitors to our state on bikes more often is one of the things we strive for here at Bicycle Colorado. Getting more bikes “into the system” via bicycle sharing is one of the ways to do that. So it’s exciting to see bike sharing evolve in Colorado. Where it all…

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Gunnison: Base Camp of the Rockies gears up for bike lanes

The City of Gunnison emits a siren call for folks who love the Colorado lifestyle. Look up “Things to do in Gunnison” on Trip Advisor and you’ll find that nine of the top ten are outdoor sports activities. Despite this, it’s a town that can be difficult to navigate by bike or on foot.…

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61 new members of the bike community (and counting!)

When we launched our Bike School in April with Learn to Ride classes, we weren’t quite sure what the response would be. Now midway through the season, I receive inquiries from people interested in registering nearly daily. What’s the most exciting part? No two students are the same! Women, men and children of all ages and cultures…

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Transportation experimentation: Member spotlight on Philip Ogren

Meet one of our brand new members, bikes-for-transportation advocate Philip Ogren. “My family recently decided to go car-free and use our electric bikes, bikes and public transit only,” Philip told me when we met on Bike to Work Day. I wanted to learn more. A conversion story Philip first heard about electric…

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Longmont underpass projects under construction now

As a resident of southwest Longmont, I’m excited to see construction beginning on two underpasses that aim to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Today, crossing at both Hover Street and SH 119 (Ken Pratt Boulevard) and Dry Creek Drive and Hover Street is a multi-step process involving up to nine lanes of traffic (depending on which direction…

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Sneak Peek: Mountain bike park opening this month at Ruby Hill

Denver Parks and Recreation is about to unveil one of the largest public mountain bike parks in North America, and it’s a gem! I set out last Monday with a few others for a “sneak peak” just a few weeks prior to the opening and was wowed by the scale of the park (and…

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From the plains to the peaks

Last week I had the opportunity to check out a section of the Peaks to Plains Trail, a ‘16 in 2016′ trail, with Project Manager Scot Grossman. The 4-mile section that we toured straddles the border of Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties and is set to open in mid-July. The ultimate vision for…

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Cruising through Colorado Bike Month

Colorado Bike Month is in full swing! It’s just over one week into Bike Month and we’re excited to be involved in so many great activities that are going on. As you are probably aware, Colorado celebrates bike month in June (instead of May like most of the country) to hopefully have…

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Win a Tempo eBike!

Thanks to all who supported Bicycle Colorado in the Tempo eBike Raffle! Raffle ticket sales are now closed. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Bicycle Colorado, accelerating our work to make Colorado the most bike-friendly state in the nation. And the winner of the raffle is… Lori Gerzina! Congratulations, Lori! May your new eBike…

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CDOT: Making strides across the state

As the Active Transportation Manager at Bicycle Colorado, I’ve come across a number of projects that have me excited for the future of active transportation in Colorado. The staff and leadership at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working to adapt designs and practices to embrace 21st century transportation which prioritizes moving people…

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¡Viva la Ciclovía!

I love cities, travel and bikes. What could be better than exploring a new, exciting urban space from the saddle of a bike? [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Last week I got to…

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A snout full of fresh air

Do you like dogs and bikes? If so, read on. If not…read on… It was about 10 years ago in the Mission District in San Francisco. A great place to take in street theater. I was walking to dinner with a friend, and two blocks up I spotted an old-school motorcycle approaching…

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Volunteers on bikes + books + kids = best bike experience EVER!

I have a lot of great memories from riding a bike. The entire summer of 1978 when I wrapped a plastic jump rope around the handlebars of my blue Schwinn and pretended I was riding my faithful horse ‘Old Blue’. The first time I rode my bike to the park without an…

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Pedals and pancakes

Buena Vista sure knows how to celebrate Bike to School Day! This past Wednesday, while the sun was rising and there was a chill in the air, groups of students and community members gathered across town on bikes. Bicycle Colorado’s education team joined one of Avery Parsons Elementary’s three bike trains (groups of kids…

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We’re thrilled to see so many people out enjoying (and often rediscovering the joy of) riding a bike right now, and we’re asking ALL bicyclists to do their part to prevent the spread of #covid19 by wearing a mask or other face covering when out for a ride. Doing so keeps you, your loved ones, those around you, and all Coloradans safer while helping reduce stress on our medical system. If you still need a mask, click the link in our bio to pre-order one now and support our advocacy work! Thanks so much to everyone who has already purchased, and to @primalwear for supporting our efforts over the years. Ride on.
  • #BicycleColorado volunteers and staff members spent time today helping @denverurbangardens and @denverfoodrescue deliver “Grow a Garden” food boxes to home-bound families in Denver—via bike! Supporting our community on two wheels makes for a great way to spend a sunny day. Many thanks to our friends @ddchen47, David M., and @juggernautcargo for your help! Head to denverfoodrescue.org or dug.org to learn more about these great local organizations. #rideyourbike
  • Tonight the #BicycleColorado team celebrated Stacey, our outgoing Development Director, with a virtual happy hour. Stacey has been an absolute rockstar for BC. We’re sad to see her leave, but thrilled for her as she heads out on a new adventure (hopefully in the #BikeAdvocacy space!) in North Carolina. Please join us in wishing her well!