Bicycle Colorado’s Bike School offers more bicycle education programs than just learn to ride lessons, confident commuting classes, Safe Routes to School and Bicycle-Friendly drivers. We work with community partners around the state on programs of all shapes and sizes to encourage bicycling in the community, get people exploring and out of their cars. Take a look at some of our recent programs below.

MY Denver Bikes earn-a-bike program

In summer 2017, Bicycle Colorado wrote the curriculum and trained Denver Parks and Recreation instructors for the City’s MY Denver Bikes week-long earn-a-bike programs. The program taught 100 middle school students in four Denver recreation centers about bike safety, laws, infrastructure, maintenance and handling skills. Kids left the week with their own bike, lock and helmet, all donated by DaVita. Participants expressed they were proudest of their flat-changing skills and endurance–some groups rode up to 10 miles in one morning!

Partners: DaVita, Denver Parks & Recreation, Velofix, Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee

Westwood Unidos Bike Library

Bicycle Colorado, along with Westwood Unidos and neighborhood youth, helped launch the Westwood Bike Library in summer 2017. We purchased equipment based on community input and helped develop operation procedures utilizing best practices. The library is a great leadership opportunity for the youth who manage the check-out process and make basic repairs to bikes from neighbors. It has become a gathering place during summer months and resource to encourage more bicycling among Westwood residents.

Partners: Westwood Unidos, Westwood youth, Rose Community Foundation, Centura Health, Denver Parks & Recreation, Councilman Paul Lopez, Lucky Bikes Recyclery

African Community Center Learn to Ride lessons

Our partnership with the African Community Center began when Bicycle Colorado launched our Learn to Ride classes in Spring 2016 and offered lessons to ACC community members. Elevation Cycles then hosted a happy hour to raise funds for additional lessons in 2017. We look forward to continued programming with the African Community Center. We teach refugees how to ride and safely and legally bike in the city and are facilitating partnerships to find bikes for adults and families to own.

Partners: African Community Center, Elevation Cycles

Math and Science Leadership Academy Bike to School Day

In spring 2017, Bicycle Colorado supported a bike ride for nearly 20 Math and Science Leadership students from Huston Lake Park to their school. Kids listened to a brief safety presentation and ate snacks before taking off with Bicycle Colorado educators, MSLA staff, District 4 bike officers and a squad car leading the way.

Partners: Athmar Park Active Living Coalition, Math and Science Leadership Academy, Denver Police Department District 4

Cultivate Health Bike Fiesta Day

Bicycle Colorado wrapped up a partnership with Cultivate Health with a final Bike Fiesta Day at Guardian Angels Elementary in spring 2017. Students learned about pedestrian and bicycle safety during assemblies and more than 50 kids joined an after-school bike rodeo to practice their skills and enjoy some pizza.

Partners: Cultivate Health, Regis University, Guardian Angels Elementary, Colorado Health Foundation

Photo courtesy Brett Stakelin/Regis University

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