Save the ’Zone Initiative

Did you know that more than one million (17%) of the Denver region’s daily drive-alone trips are two miles or less? Let’s change that statistic!

If you live or work in Lakewood, we encourage you to participate in the Save the ’Zone initiative to reduce drive-alone trips and ground level ozone. Through an engaging series of programs and events, Bicycle Colorado will reach a large number of Lakewood residents and employees to make a meaningful impact on travel behaviors and air quality. Our goal is to see 250 daily drive-alone trips shifted to walking, biking, carpool or transit. Assuming a trip distance of 2 miles, this could result in a reduction of 500 miles driven and over 400 lbs of CO2 emissions each day.

How do I participate?

Step 1: Complete the 2-minute introduction survey.

Step 2: Take the pledge to replace drive-alone trips with other options.

Step 3: Register and log trips through My Way to Go to track your CO2 reduction, calories burned, dollars saved and total miles shifted.

During the initiative, we will have opportunities for pledged participants and champion trackers to earn rewards for helping to improve Lakewood’s air quality.

What if I already substitute as many trips as I can? 
We’re glad to hear it and need your help! We still encourage you to take our survey and track trips. You can also contribute by spreading the word about Save the ’Zone, participating in events, telling your transportation success stories or even mentoring those new to bike commuting, public transit or carpooling. Contact us to share your expertise and support Lakewood residents and employees in decreasing their drive-alone trips!

Do you accept the challenge?

 

What to expect

Monthly emails: Participants will receive monthly emails with updates about Save the ’Zone’s programs and impact, relevant articles on sustainable mobility, shout outs to active and public transportation “champions” and tips and resources to help you be successful in your pledge.

Mobility workshops: Attend a workshop to gain bike commuting, maintenance or route-finding skills or learn more about how to navigate the bus and light rail.

Group bike rides: Join us for bike rides around Lakewood as an opportunity to practice commuting and navigation skills as well as explore your community!

Community events: Visit us to grab resources and learn more about Save the ’Zone when we table at Lakewood community events such as Earth Day, Bike to Work Day and more!

Workplace programs: Selected employers will welcome Bicycle Colorado to host education and rides to motivate employees to shift their commute.

School-based education: Bicycle Colorado visits Lakewood schools to present pedestrian and bicycle safety to students and host bike rodeos. We encourage them to try walking, biking or carpooling to work as well as become advocates for active and public transportation among their families and friends.

Upcoming Events

Stay up to do date with Save the ‘Zone and related happenings in Lakewood.

Contact

Please contact Mo McCanna at maureen@bicyclecolorado.org with questions or for ways to become more involved in Save the ’Zone.

Bicycle Education at Lakewood Recreation!

Please contact Mo McCanna at maureen@bicyclecolorado.org to register.

SPRING – Bring home great bike accessories from our April programs!

  • Confident Bike Commuting – Tuesday, April 24th, 6-7:30pm @ Link Recreation Center
  • Youth Learn to Ride – Saturday, April 28th, 9-11am @ Link Recreation Center

SUMMER

  • Youth Learn to Ride – Tuesday, June 19th, 5:30-7:30pm @ Link Recreation Center
  • Bike Maintenance – Thursday, June 21st, 6-7:30pm @ Link Recreation Center
  • Adult Group Bike Ride – Saturday, June 23rd, 9-11am @ Whitlock Recreation Center
  • Confident Bike Commuting – Saturday, September 8th, 10-11:30am @ Link Recreation Center
  • Bike Maintenance – Saturday, September 8th, 12-1:30pm @ Link Recreation Center

STZ rewards through May!

Check out how you can earn commuting and bike accessories or a $25 gift card!

  • Commute to Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration by foot, bike, bus or carpool or pledge with the initiative once you get there for a commuting prize including lights, reflective gear, bike tools and water bottles! 
  • Join Save the ’Zone for either of the recreation center programs below and take home some bike accessories. Register with maureen@bicyclecolorado.org
    • Confident Commuting workshop – Tuesday, April 24th, 6-7:30pm at Link Rec Center
    • Youth Learn to Ride lesson – Saturday, April 28th, 9-11am at Link Rec Center
  • Print our STZ Bingo card and show us at Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration for a $25 gift card to grocery stores, gyms or RTD while supplies last!

Made possible by a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment through Jefferson County Public Health.

 

Resources

Simple Steps. Better Air.

The Regional Air Quality Council recently launched the Simple Steps. Better Air. campaign to educate Coloradans on what they can do to improve our air quality. Check out their tips, sign up for Ozone Alerts and calculate your ozone emissions with the OzoMeter.

Public transportation

Lakewood’s public transportation options are offered through the Regional Transportation District (RTD).  On their website, you can access a plethora of resources to make using public transportation easier, such as bus and light rail schedules and tips for riding.

  • How to ride an RTD bus, light rail or the A-line to the train. Or watch the video here.
  • RTD Trip Tracker allows you to keep up to date with bus and light rail schedules.
  • Bike-n-Ride will teach you how to load a bike on public transit. Here is a helpful video by TransLink demonstrating a similar loading system.
  • Visit Map-Matters to view and help gather data on routes to public transit and the quality of transit stops.
  • Take RTD’s pledge to be safe around buses and trains.

Google Maps also allows you to search for a public transportation routes to your destination. You can sort results by departure or arrival time. You can access the same information if you download the Google Maps app to your phone.

Bike
Walk
Carpool

My Way to Go is an online resource provided by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to help individuals and employers coordinate carpooling.

  • Individuals: Simply enter your start and end point and find carpoolers near you.
  • Employers: Way to Go can provide you with the tools to evaluate your employees’ needs, help you spread the word and measure success.
News resources

If you want to stay informed in the sustainable transportation world and read some inspiring stories, here are a few resources you may be interested in subscribing to or following on Facebook.

Partners and Sponsors

Save the ’Zone is a partnership between the City of Lakewood, Regional Air Quality Council and Bicycle Colorado. A special thanks goes to the following organizations and businesses that support the initiative.

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