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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…

Navigate Colorado state parks with new trail maps

If you’re a frequent user of trails in Colorado’s state parks, here’s great news: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has created 60 new trail maps that use color coding to show allowable uses on specific trails, indicated by mile marker. The new maps include information such as elevation, trail length, trail surface and…

Bicycles represented on Highway Safety Plan Steering Committee

The Colorado Strategic Highway Safety Plan identifies highway safety issues and recommends focus areas for spending, which has historically been around $30 million. These dollars help pay for projects such as Click it or Ticket (seat belt enforcement and education) and the Heat is On (DUI enforcement and education). Dan Grunig, our…

71% of Steamboat Springs voters say yes to new trail funding

On Nov. 5, Steamboat Springs residents overwhelmingly approved a measure that dedicates area lodging taxes to funding local trail projects and creating a new promenade on Yampa Street, which follows the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat. The area already boasts more than 500 miles of single track, the family-friendly Yampa River Core…

CDOT staff recognized for work on USA Pro Challenge

Colorado Department of Transportation Director Don Hunt lauded CDOT staff for their behind-the-scenes work on the USA Pro Challenge. The race required collaboration with the Colorado State Patrol to review and establish the route, plan for traffic control, detours and electronic sign messaging, right of way use policies, coordination with road construction…

Thanks for another successful year of events

In 2013, bicycling events across the state supported Bicycle Colorado to the tune of $40,000. Each of our 28 official Event Members in 2013 committed to a per-rider donation to reach this amount. We are so grateful for the support of these bicycling events and all the riders, which not only showcase…

Businesses want bike lanes

In the Oct. 21 issue of The Denver Business Journal, Bill Husted interviewed Tami Door, president of the Downtown Denver Partnership. Door told Husted that when her staff asked tech companies about what the city can do to make them relocate to Denver—and stay—their answer is (drum roll) bike lanes. “Ten years…

You can have a voice in road recovery planning

Six weeks after the historic floods, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that 77 percent of the state’s 486 miles of damaged state highways and 120 damaged bridges are open. He said the goal is to have all roads open by Dec. 1. Temporary fixes may not open all roads to bicycles by Dec.…

Speak up for bicycling in Pikes Peak region

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, El Paso County, City of Colorado Springs and City of Woodland Park are seeking input on an update to the regional non-motorized transportation system plan. The plan will look at removing barriers to bicycling, walking and other non-motorized modes of transportation to increase those activities…

Salida named bicycle-friendly community, Vail moves up

Congratulations to Salida, which was just named a silver-level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Congrats also to Vail, which moved up from bronze to silver. This brings the number of bicycle-friendly communities in Colorado to 20. Colorado is currently second on the Bicycle-Friendly States list, and we’re the only…

Highlands Ranch middle schoolers ride the trails

Photo: Ryan Boldry, Colorado Community Media We loved this story in the Highlands Ranch Herald, which we think shows that enthusiasm for riding a bicycle lives on into middle school. Linda Homstad is a teacher at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch who started a mountain bike club for students after…

Have you ‘Fired Up Your Feet’ yet?

On Oct. 1, the Colorado Fire Up Your Feet program kicked off a month-long activity-tracking competition for schools using an online tool. If you have a K-8 student in your family (or you’re a teacher or PTA member), help register your school and challenge your children to be active and raise money…

USA Pro Challenge founders honored

USA Pro Challenge founders Richard and Rick Schaden were honored last week by the Colorado Tourism Board with the Board Chairman’s Award for their work in bringing high-profile professional bike racing back to Colorado. They’re pictured here with Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter.

Tour of the Moon donation supports better bicycling

We were so pleased to accept an $11,000 donation from Icon LASIK Tour of the Moon organizers on Oct. 5. The ride is a 2013 Bicycle Colorado event member, and the gift represents a per-rider donation from the event plus additional donations made by participants. We thank Scot and his staff for…

NEAT trail in north Evergreen to be dedicated on 10/9

On Oct. 9, students who walk and ride bikes to school in Evergreen will join Jefferson County commissioners and school district staff, neighborhood groups and businesses to celebrate the completion of the North Evergreen Activities Trail. The trail connects homes with neighborhood schools to make biking and walking safer for children. Before…

Tour of the Moon rides on, despite federal shutdown

Our friends at Tour of the Moon announced that the ride will go on this Sat., Oct. 5 regardless of the federal government shutdown, which has closed all national parks and monuments. The ride’s course travels through the Colorado National Monument. Organizers have worked on an alternative course just in case the…

Bike commuting on the rise in Colorado

According to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey in September, bike commuting is on the rise in Colorado. Colorado had the third-highest percentage of population that commutes by bike in 2012, behind Oregon and Montana. Bicycle commuting in Colorado grew by 14 percent from 2011 to 2012, and…

Report aggressive drivers at *CSP Hotline

When a motorist behaves in an aggressive or dangerous manner toward a bicyclist, you now can take action. Get the license number, vehicle description and dial *CSP from your cell phone. Just remember CSP for Colorado State Patrol. Bicycle Colorado confirmed with the Colorado State Patrol that reports from bicyclists are welcome. Follow the link below…

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  • @chloedygert, winner of Stage 1 of the  @coloradoclassicpro, inspiring the next generation. So awesome! #bicyclecolorado
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  • Stage 3 of the @coloradoclassicpro pro women’s race will be held in Golden. As a city with a female Mayor and Fire Chief, they are blazing trails of inclusivity and equality…a perfect match for this year’s Colorado Classic, where women athletes are the primary focus. Come out to Golden on Saturday, Aug 24 and stop by the Bicycle Colorado tent to say hello!

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