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!
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.
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.
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.
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.