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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.…

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…

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…

CDOT Releases New Online Colorado Bicycle & Byways Map

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently released an online version of the “Colorado Bicycling and Scenic Byways Map” that essentially combines Google Maps (just Colorado) and a printed map. The app is available for download from a desktop, tablet or mobile phone at: http://dtdapps.coloradodot.info/bike Online version is based on Google Maps data Like…

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…

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…

Saving Safe Routes to School

What’s the Big Deal? Safe Routes to School has kept me busy for the last four years. I have been working in the Education Department at Bicycle Colorado since early 2010. Since then, my coworkers and I have taught in 113 schools, and reached over 50,000 students with our Safe Routes to…

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…

Action Needed- Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Needs Your Help! ACTION NEEDED: Important vote in House of Representatives on Monday, April 14 Please call or email your state house representative today and ask them to support House Bill 1301– Safe Routes to School, which continues funding for the Safe Routes to School program. Opponents are…

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…

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…

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…

Bring on the Bicycle Bling

It all started with a bicycle mascot. I found Ralph in a pet shop, and from the moment I saw him, I knew I had to have him on the handlebars of my mountain bike. Over the years, Ralph and his wonderful ribbit brought smiles and giggles to many hikers (kids loved…

Ride on, ladies

I’ve just had the pleasure of attending the Women’s Forum at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC, and my head is spinning as fast as my bike wheels with all the information and inspiration that’s out there. Nearly 400 women and men attended this one-day forum with one goal: showcasing female…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mom on a Bike

Getting more women riding A few days ago, Bicycle Colorado held its fourth annual Colorado Bike Summit. While I always find this event energizing and encouraging, this year I left feeling particularly motivated after one of the breakout sessions on Getting More Women Riding. The room was full of people interested in…

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,…

Saving Safe Routes to School

December saw the Colorado Department of Transportation accept the last round of applications for safe routes to school grants. The Safe Routes to School program is no longer required by federal law, so now it is up to each state to keep the program alive. We want Colorado to keep Safe Routes…

My Favorite Travel Recipe

I have always loved riding bikes and I have always loved traveling.   A few years ago I decided to combine these two loves and did my first bike tour in Mexico. I’d visited Mexico many times and even lived there for a bit, but it wasn’t until I traveled through Oaxaca on…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Flood-impacted Colorado highways now open to bicycles

Dan Grunig, our executive director, toured flood-impacted state highways with the Colorado Department of Transportation in November to help identify any unique safety issues for bicyclists. The ride-along was just one step in conversations we’ve had with CDOT about the importance of reopening roads to bicycle traffic. On Monday, CDOT announced that…

5 things we’re grateful for today (and every day)

In the spirit of the season, all of us at Bicycle Colorado would like to thank you, our readers and supporters, for your belief in and help with making bicycling safe, accessible and fun for everyone who rides a bike in Colorado. We are grateful that: Colorado is an extraordinary place to…

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  • Thanks to everyone who came out wanting to do their part to make our streets safer at last night’s Bicycle-Friendly Driver course in Lakewood! We did hear feedback that our cookies were too small—we heard you, we’ll try and do better 😂.
  • Now that’s just mean. No bike (or bicyclist!) deserves this!
  • Beautiful day for a bike commute. #bicyclecolorado