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lev•el of stress—

n. the level of mental stress of a bike route, typically measured on a scale of one (suitable for children) to four (high stress), based on factors such as traffic volumes and speeds, bicycle facility type and roadway width

Dwindling daylight derails dedication

Now that daylight saving time is over and darkness increasingly creeps into my waking hours, the good bicycling habits I built up during the warmer, brighter months are suddenly in jeopardy. The weekend exercise ride is still something I look forward to; it’s the “just got home from work and it’s dark and…

Fall membership drive going on now!

[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”] Bicycle Colorado’s fall membership drive is going on now and it is a great time to join or renew as a Bicycle Colorado member. Here are just a…

Bicycle safety improving

Bicycle safety came into the media spotlight recently due to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The report states that the number of cyclist fatalities increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. What the report failed to take into account is the increase in bicycling during that same period. To…

Four spooky experiences on a bicycle

Happy Halloween! In celebration of the calendar’s most ghoulish day, we put together four spooky bicycle-related experiences and lessons.   4. Riding like the living dead [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”] This one is…

bike•able, walk•able—

adj. describe communities that include schools, grocery stores, jobs, health care and public parks within comfortable biking or walking distance from housing, along with good networks of sidewalks and bike infrastructure to connect them

Six ways you can help improve bicycling

While biking around town, I do a lot of thinking about how things could be better for people on bikes. I think, why did they design the intersection like this? It could be so much safer. Or, why isn’t there a bike rack at this store? So many people get here by bike.…

Serenity now!

I know when you work in the field of bicycle advocacy and active transportation, you’re bound to hear these types of comments frequently. But as cyclists, we’ve all been there. Right? Wait, been where? You know, that moment when a conversation turns awkward or uncomfortable by a comment (often) made by a…

bi•cy•cle boul•e•vard—

n. A low-speed street that has been optimized for bicycle travel, allows local motor vehicle travel but is designed to discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic and generally gives priority at intersections to cyclists traveling on it, allowing bicycles to stop less frequently.

Chip seal—the bumpy truth

Too late I rode Guanella Pass recently to enjoy the aspens. Several cycling friends, who are also Bicycle Colorado members, told me to ride the pass before it was completely chip sealed. Unfortunately, the job was complete, changing the pavement from smooth to somewhat rough. I waited too long. For those who…

What are roads for?

In my earlier years, I didn’t give much thought to what roads were for. I figured they existed, primarily anyway, to carry cars and trucks. I skateboarded, rode my bike, played street football and walked my dog on them, but I still assumed roads were for motor vehicles. I never really considered the…

pro•tect•ed bike lane—

n. A bike lane that is physically separated from car lanes by parked cars, plastic posts, a curb or planters, known for increasing bike travel and retail sales along the corridor while decreasing incidences of riding on the sidewalk.

The lowdown on Subaru VeloSwap

Are you a scavenger, deal seeker or collector? Perhaps a bicycle enthusiast, racer or commuter? Maybe you are an outdoors-lover, Colorado experience-hound or a gotta-check-out-everything type of person? If you are some, all or even none of these things, VeloSwap has something for you. What is VeloSwap? [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left…

Bicycle Colorado applauds CDOT for endorsing bicycling design guides

Bicycle Colorado applauds the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for its endorsement to state road designers and engineers of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guides. This announcement makes Colorado the seventh state to endorse the guides, which provide details on how to install the latest innovations…

The parent powered movement

“When I was your age I walked uphill in the snow both ways…” Every child seems to have heard this at some point. And while exaggerated, people DID walk to school every day. Kids rode their bikes, or skateboards or simply got to school using their own bodies. I walked, too. We…

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…

The Biking Vikings

My poor mother. There we were in Norway—traveling together for the first time in years—and I was spending an awful lot of time veering off to take photos of bike lanes, bike commuters and parents walking their kids to school. “Check out that protected bike lane,” I would say, or “I’m just…

5 reasons Colorado is a great place to ride

There are tons of reasons that Colorado is a great place to ride. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are five reasons I love riding in Colorado. Leave a comment below to let us know why you think Colorado is a great place to ride. 1. The weather…

Trading four wheels for two

Each summer, Tour de Fat brings its blend of beer, bikes and bemusement to cities across the country. Tour de Fat is a parade and celebration of biking and beer put on by New Belgium Brewing, a strong supporter of Bicycle Colorado. At every event, a brave soul trades her/his car for a bike—pledging to live car-free…

Everything is more fun by bike!

It’s hard to believe, but summer is already starting to wind down. Thankfully there’s still time to get out and check all your “summer fun” items off your list before the cold moves in. While many of us ride year-round, there’s something special about being able to get around town by bike…

Scoring points for walking and biking

Have you ever been fired up at a conference? Inspired by what you’ve learned and eager to put it into practice? Last summer I participated in a conference session highlighting how regional planning organizations around the country are moving the needle—adopting policies and making investments in infrastructure to encourage more biking, walking…

Better access to improve LoBo Trail

Colorado’s regional trail system offers many opportunities to get out and bike with your family. One of the trails I like to ride with my own family is the LoBo Trail, a 12-mile long trail connecting Longmont and Boulder by way of Gunbarrel and Niwot. I am happy to share that one disorganized intersection…

2015 Colorado Bicycle Summit call for presentations

We are currently accepting ideas for breakout session topics and suggested speakers. Our summit is scheduled to take place Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10 in Denver, with 250 bicycling enthusiasts in attendance. Attendees include bicycle advocates, transportation planners, industry leaders and elected officials. Breakout sessions are typically 1 hour long and…

Best ways to enjoy the USA Pro Challenge

The speed. The crowds. The colorful racing kits. The Colorado scenery. On their own these things are great; together they are Colorado’s premier road cycling event, the USA Pro Challenge. I feel fortunate to have seen at least one stage of the USA Pro Challenge in person each year since the first race…

Colorado bike share—a celebration (and free day)

Following the successful pilot of bike share during the 2008 Democratic national convention in Colorado, our state saw the launch of the very first large-scale bike share system in the U.S. Since that time, the concept has exploded across the country and has been implemented in some 40 cities. An even greater…

Mom on a bike Part II: Riding with kids

Riding around town with my two kids in tow, I am often asked about how to get young children on bikes. How old do they need to be? What type of gear should I have? Where can I find a helmet small enough? There is an overwhelming amount of information online, complete…

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. [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”…

Riding Bikes with Margaret Mead

When I was a kid, I thought that I was going to grow up and help save the world. Growing up in a small, liberal town in southern Oregon, my thinking was probably cliché. But I was pretty darn committed and read books by Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela­—all about international peace…

The gift that keeps on giving

I was recently pondering the simple joys of bicycling and how the activity gives us so much in return. Since our main audience consists of cyclists, I know that many of you reading this will say…yeah, duh. But I think it can be easy to lose sight of this as we get…

Traffic safety fund rolls forward in Longmont

Disappearing Dollars It’s no secret that funds for transportation projects and programs are increasingly hard to find. Cutbacks and dwindling dollars at the state, regional and local levels seem to be the steady themes.  I all too frequently hear from city and county staff, advocates and elected officials that there just isn’t…

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