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Mapping our member community

It’s been a quiet week here in our office in downtown Denver. School has started again, so our educators are out teaching. Many of our staff members are at the USA Pro Challenge, watching the action and meeting with members and legislators. But a few of us are holding down the fort…

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Flower (pedal) power

Women Bike Colorado is blowing up. Affectionately called “WBC” by some members, we started this women-only Facebook group at the beginning of the year and already have over 725 enthusiastic ladies from around Colorado sharing stories, advice and resources. More importantly, women in the group are making connections, finding new riding buddies and…

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2016 Colorado Bicycle Summit call for presentations

We are currently accepting ideas for breakout session topics and suggested speakers for our 2016 Colorado Bicycle Summit. The summit is scheduled to take place in Denver in February, with 250 bicycling enthusiasts in attendance. Attendees include bicycle advocates, transportation planners, industry leaders and elected officials. Breakout sessions are typically one hour long and…

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Colorado bicycling on the silver screen

Last week I had the pleasure of emceeing a very special showing of the bicycle racing movie American Flyers. Hosted by our friends from the USA Pro Challenge, the evening was a celebration of the Colorado bicycle community and the role of racing, present and past. More than 200 joined us for…

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Changing communities: Safe Routes to School 2015-16

As summer winds down and schools prepare for the coming year, Bicycle Colorado’s education team is gearing up for a comprehensive year of Safe Routes to School programming. Here’s a peek into how Safe Routes will transform Colorado communities this coming year: Adams County School District 14  We will be working with two elementary…

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3 is a magic number

It’s greater than 4 and sometimes equal to 5 When it comes to traffic and streets, some things just don’t add up at first glance. Recent right-sizing road projects in Boulder, Pueblo and Fort Collins attracted media attention and spirited discussions during public meetings. Logically, if 2 lanes are good (for moving…

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Testing for the future

  My rowing coach, Jim Joy, used to say, “Every day is a chance to improve,” to tweak, to optimize, to become more efficient, to work better as a part of a system or a team. The same applies to our transportation systems, which are fluid organisms. Just like a rowing stroke…

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Freedom is a bike

When I was 15, all I wanted was a license and a set of car keys—those two things meant freedom to go wherever I wanted. Later on, I realized that real freedom, for me, comes from two wheels. Why? 5 reasons: #5: Freedom from car expenses When I drove everywhere, it was pretty…

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New home. New commute. New bike?

Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that I moved recently. Buying your own place can be very exciting, but it also dominates your world for a while. My friends have probably heard enough about it already… Part of moving, though, is figuring out your new routines. Lots of…

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Are you ready for Bike to Work Day?

Happy Bike to Work Day week! Colorado’s Bike to Work Day is this Wednesday, June 24. Though most of the country celebrates Bike to Work Day in May, Colorado’s annual bike commute festivities happen in June, when the snow has melted enough for our mountain towns to join the fun. Check out…

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US 36 Bikeway (part 1) opens June 24

The first phase of the US 36 Bikeway between Westminster and Louisville/Superior will be opened by CDOT on Bike to Work Day, June 24. All are invited to attend the grand opening of the bikeway at 9 am. The 12-foot wide bikeway, which features grade-separated crossings at sixteen intersections, will make it possible to bike to…

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Celebrate Colorado Bike Month with these events

Colorado Bike Month is finally here! Bike month is the perfect time to share your love of bicycling with friends who haven’t yet discovered how awesome it is, so I’ve rounded up some community bike events that are great for newbies and veterans alike. There are loads of events happening all across the…

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It takes a (passionate) village

It’s about time for another update on the Walk and Wheel Communities that we’ve been working with for almost a year and a half now. Many cities that received grants from Kaiser Permanente hired consultants to create bicycle and pedestrian plans and/or design demonstration bicycle infrastructure projects, and the teams have been working diligently…

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Ride to the Rockies (baseball games, that is)

Now that summer is upon us (I’m being positive here…it’s got to be here soon right?!), you might be considering a trip to Coors Field to catch a Rockies game. The ballpark’s downtown location and the subsequent foot and bicycle traffic it helped bring to the area have been a major economic…

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How do I get there by bike?

I’ve been planning a number of summer trips recently, some that I plan to travel by bike and some by car, and it has made me realize just how different it is planning a trip by bike than by car. The stark difference When I plan to drive somewhere, I might look up…

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Colorado drops another place in Bicycle Friendly State rankings

The League of American Bicyclists released the Bicycle Friendly State rankings on Monday. Though Colorado’s score remained nearly the same as last year, the state’s ranking has slipped five spots from the #2 spot in 2013 to #7 this year. Other states are waking up to the value of bicycling investment. Utah, now #5,…

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From Boulder to the Big Apple

Last weekend I had the privilege of riding the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City, and it was awesome. Hosted by the nonprofit Bike New York, the ride has taken place each May since 1977. It now caps at 32,000 cyclists, making it the world’s largest charitable bike ride. Our…

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I just like to ride bikes

Many of us fell in love with bikes as children because of the freedom and fun they provided. As adults, there are so many different ways we can enjoy bicycling and incorporate riding into our lives to recapture that fun and freedom. I’d like to share my personal “cycling evolution” and diverse photos…

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Senate State Affairs Committee ends funding for Safe Routes to School

We are sad to announce, on the eve of Bike to School Day, that the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to kill the Safe Routes to School program yesterday. A huge thank you to everyone who replied to our Action Alert to contact their Senator. Senators reported hearing from you, but alas,…

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Bikes and business—better together

As spring blooms in Colorado, I’m loving my commute to the office more every day. Recently I ran into my co-worker Katie on the bike path half a mile from our office. We rode in together, wheeled our bikes into the office and stored them inside on the hanging bike rack. I realized…

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Doing more with less

“Why can’t we be more like Copenhagen?” I heard this from a fellow advocate in relation to biking and walking infrastructure on this side of the pond. Most communities in the U.S. are a far cry from mirroring the golden child of cities, but here’s the thing…we’re on our way folks! I can…

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Bikes break down barriers

Bicycle Colorado’s education department is working on a very unique Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project in the City of Sheridan this spring. The program is geared towards making biking and walking a safer and more regular activity for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. What separates this program from most is…

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The Trail Building Fairy

I hate to burst this bubble, but there really isn’t a Trail Building Fairy. It’s a nice idea for those of us who love riding dirt, but I think that it is time for many of us (myself included) to put our upper body muscles to work and give the supposed fairy…

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Safe infrastructure: it’s in the details

Whether I’m riding a bicycle or driving a car, I pride myself on being as aware of my surroundings as possible. With this in mind, I was alarmed, recently, when I came very close to being hit by a car as I crossed an intersection. The photo below is from an intersection much like the…

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Fat biking in Frisco

I’ll admit it. I was a little tired of hearing about fat biking before I even tried it. People just seemed SO into it. See: Waking up to a fat bike and coffee…Finns go wild for the fatbike – perfect for biking in the snow…Minnesotans complete the Iditarod — on fat bikes…A Fat Bike For Kids…

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My ever-changing multimodal commute

  I live in Boulder and commute to our office in lower downtown Denver each day. While many people groan about this commute, I truly don’t find it too bad, although the snowy days can definitely test one’s patience. I’ve been making this multimodal commute every day for 4+ years now and…

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Bike medicine

I never used to think twice about riding a bike. As a kid, I rode to the park and the library. In college, I pedaled to class. When I moved to Philly, frugality and scarce parking turned me into a bike commuter. It wasn’t until last year that bicycling revealed its healing…

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Exclusive Ride The Rockies opportunity for Bicycle Colorado members

This just in! If you would like to bypass the Ride The Rockies lottery and provide support to Bicycle Colorado at the same time, we have a limited number of guaranteed entries for the ride. We’ll ask you to fundraise and/or donate to earn a guaranteed slot in Ride The Rockies. (Please…

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Why shouldn’t streets be complete?

  Complete what? Back in 2006, in California, I was in my boss’s office talking about a large-scale redevelopment project we were working on. In the midst of discussing some innovative street designs the applicant was proposing, my boss asked me if I was familiar with the concept of “complete streets.” It was a…

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Guest post: Colorado Bicycle Summit recap

Earlier this month I attended my second ever Colorado Bicycle Summit where business people, advocates, politicians, planners and everyday bicyclists unite to advocate for biking in Colorado. For me, the summit breaks down into three core parts: education, networking and advocacy. The first day of the seminar is all about education and…

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