Riding a bike is core to Colorado’s identity and part of our well-known active lifestyle. Because of that, we are redefining what it means to be the best place to ride a bike. The ranking can be measured by traditional methods such as the annual League of American Bicyclists survey. The Pedals Project is going far beyond that, leveraging Colorado’s unique assets, demonstrating innovation across state agencies and institutions, and setting new standards for others to follow. Bicycle Colorado is helping to engage and drive the bicycling conversation across a wide variety of partners, from government agencies to advocacy groups.
In the League of American Bicyclists’ 2018 progress report, Colorado ranked as the sixth most bicycle-friendly state. While sixth might sound good, we know we can do better. From 2007-17, Colorado experienced one of the sharpest decreases in people riding to work on their bicycles, and has continued to see threats to people riding their bikes.
This comprehensive study reveals the who, what, where, how and why of bicycling, walking and health in the state of Colorado. It is a first of its kind and could set a national standard for gathering and legitimizing such data. The results show that a majority of people in Colorado own a bicycle and they are getting out and using it, which makes our work at Bicycle Colorado all the more vital. Bicycling substantially supports our local businesses, attracts jobs and tourists to the state and makes communities more livable.
Within Bicycle Colorado, the Pedals Project is led by our policy team. Reach out to Piep van Heuven if you have questions or are interested in partnering on this project.
The Colorado Pedals Project would not be possible without the cooperation, assistance and partnership of these groups: