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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…

Colorado Bicycle Summit registration opens 12/2/13

Registration for the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit opens Mon., Dec. 2! The Summit will be held on Feb. 10 and 11, 2014, in Denver. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a discounted registration! First 100 people: $95 members | $110 non-members Regular registration: $110 members | $125 non-members The…

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

Photo: Robert Course-Baker, Creative Commons license via 500px 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…

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

Photo: TheKilens via Flickr 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…

Schedule your Colorado Gives Day gift now

Tues., Dec., 10, is Colorado Gives Day, the 24-hour statewide fundraising event that raised more than $11,000 for Bicycle Colorado’s programs last year. But there’s no need to wait until Dec. 10 to give—you can schedule your donation in advance. Schedule your donation now With your help, we have overturned bike bans,…

CDOT staff recognized for work on USA Pro Challenge

Photo: mrjonathanparker, Creative Commons 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,…

Thanks for another successful year of events

Photo: Bicycle Colorado 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…

Businesses want bike lanes

Photo: Bicycle Colorado 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…

You can have a voice in road recovery planning

Photo: National Guard, Creative Commons 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…

Speak up for bicycling in Pikes Peak region

Photo: Richard Masoner/ Cyclelicious,Creative Commons 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…

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…

Pro Challenge showcases Colorado at its finest

Bicycle Colorado team members met with a slate of state representatives and senators at last week’s USA Pro Challenge: House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, Rep. Joann Ginal, Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Bob Rankin, Sen. John Kefalas, Sen. Andy Kerr, Sen. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Gail Schwartz. We also connected with other VIPs like…

National Bike Challenge is on the right track to get to 1 million riders

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W line bike path breaks barriers for active transportation

In April, the FasTracks W line opened to great fanfare, connecting Union Station in downtown Denver to the Jefferson County Government Center with 12.1 miles of light rail tracks. But did you know that a bike path runs next to parts of the tracks? “For years, rail systems have said no to…

Bikes featured high in Colorado Health Agenda

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently unveiled the state’s plan to become the healthiest state in the nation. The Colorado Health Agenda includes bicycling goals. By 2015, the governor said, Colorado’s rank among states for active support of bicycling will move from second to first place. Our state has climbed from 22nd and is…

Bicycle Colorado Gala 2013 a big success

The 2013 Bicycle Colorado Gala was another success! More than 300 people attended, donating $51,000 to help improve conditions for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and donors of auction items. See the Gala photo gallery on Facebook

Bicycle Colorado awarded $30k New Belgium Grant

New Belgium Brewing is famous for being born on a bike ride and being a very bicycle-friendly company. But did you know that the company also sets aside $1 from each barrel of beer they brew to donate to bicycle causes? Bicycle Colorado received a $30,000 New Belgium Brewing Grant Award, one…

Bicycle Colorado recognized at National Bike Summit

At the National Bike Summit on March 5, Bicycle Colorado received the National Bicycle Leadership Award from the League of American Bicyclists for our work helping to open streets to bicycling in Black Hawk. Scott Christopher, Amy Morfas and Dan Grunig are leading a delegation of Colorado bicycling advocates at this week’s…

Colorado Bicycle Summit 2013 delivers with record numbers

Nearly 250 people attended this year’s Colorado Bicycle Summit on Feb. 11-12, making it the third sell-out in a row. The larger venue allowed for more networking and bigger breakout sessions. The Colorado cycling community was well represented at the Capitol, meeting with representatives to show their support for bicycling. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes”…

Colo. Supreme Court reopens Black Hawk roads to bikes

The Colorado Supreme Court on Feb. 4 handed cyclists in Colorado a huge victory when it overturned the Black Hawk bike ban with no judges dissenting. It ruled that the city’s ordinance affects both local and state concerns, and therefore is covered by state law. “The Supreme Court has affirmed the ‘share…

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