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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…

Governor Hickenlooper signs Safe Routes bill into law

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB1301 into law, funding the state’s Safe Routes to School program. As passed, the bill will allocate $700,000 to fund Colorado Safe Routes program for the 2015-16 school year. The Safe Routes program teaches students across the state how to safely bicycle and walk to school. The…

5 ways to get a friend into bicycling

None of us were born bicyclists. Well maybe you were if you are Taylor Phinney and both your parents were professional cyclists. But the rest of us had to get our start somewhere else. In my last post, I mentioned how a friend helped me get into bicycle racing. I believe many of us…

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…

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…

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…

More than a job

[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”] In my role as development director at Bicycle Colorado, I have the good fortune to meet with many of our members, donors and sponsors to talk about the…

Colorado bicycle commuting: How much do you know?

[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”] At Bicycle Colorado, we believe that active transportation—riding your bicycle or walking as a primary way to get where you want to go—is good not only for our…

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…

Life happens (and then you get back in the saddle)

[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 was a tough blog post to write, as it’s really about not riding a bike. Sigh. It’s funny how life happens. You can coast along for a…

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 &…

New Member Benefit: Zipcar

Zipcar is Bicycle Colorado’s newest business member. What is Zipcar? Zipcar is a car sharing organization new to Colorado. Zipcar members have on demand access to over 30 different makes and models of automobiles in the Denver area and Fort Collins. Many cars come outfitted with bike and ski racks. Gas and insurance…

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…

Introducing the 2014 Bicycle Colorado jersey

Check out the new 2014 Bicycle Colorado jersey!  Made by Primal Wear, a Colorado company and supporter of bicycle advocacy, this stylish jersey will quickly make it to the top of your rotation. Full hidden zip, three back pockets and women’s and men’s specific sport cuts. Proceeds benefit our work in making Colorado…

Energetic, fun crowd makes 2014 Gala a big success

On April 25, nearly 300 enthusiastic bicycling supporters joined us at the 2014 Bicycle Colorado Gala. We were blown away by the energy in the room this year. “We hear from our supporters through the year about things they appreciate we’re doing, but there’s nothing quite like having a big group of…

Arvada rides show people the city on two wheels

I’m often in the community talking to bicycle advocacy groups.  A couple of months ago, I heard about a cool program in Arvada that is helping to increase awareness of bicycling in the community and get more (and new people) out on bikes. The  Arvada Transportation Advisory Committee is a bicycle advocacy…

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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