If it seems like there are a lot more cyclists on the road during Wednesday’s rush hours, don’t be surprised.
An estimated 35,000 bicycle commuters will be pedaling for perks when Colorado’s annual Bike to Work Day brings attention to human-propelled transportation in metro Denver and around the state. The Denver Regional Council of Governments organizes and hosts the event’s central website, although other interest groups join in as well.
“We are the second-largest event of its kind in the country,” said Steve Erickson, a DRCOG spokesman. “That really shows us the support for biking in the region. Biking is the fastest-growing mode of transportation in the region and Colorado is one of the fastest-growing states in terms of those numbers. We promote biking year-round, but this day is a celebration and a capstone for biking in the region.”
Last year’s Bike to Work Day attracted 34,307 participants who pedaled more than 610,000 miles, burning 38 million calories, removing an estimated 20,000 vehicles from roadways and saving 265 tons of carbon dioxide, according to DRCOG statistics. Only California’s Bay Area sees higher numbers.
DRCOG encourages riders to register because it uses those numbers to advocate for better bicycle lanes, paths and trails. Registration, which is free, makes riders eligible to win concert tickets, an e-bike and even an all-expenses-paid cycling trip to Iceland.
There will be nearly 200 stations across the Front Range offering breakfast, with 50 others offering “bike parties.” The Bike to Work Day website has a list of stations, searchable by type, and an interactive map of stations. Bicycle Colorado, which has a roundup of Bike to Work Day activities around the state on its website, will be conducting a membership drive at seven locations, including Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood, Civic Center Park downtown and the REI flagship store at Confluence Park.
Here’s a list of some highlighted stations:
Skyline Park, 6:30-9 a.m., Arapahoe St. between 15th and 16th streets, Denver: Pancakes for breakfast with sausage, fruit, coffee, a doughnut wall, bike tune-ups and music, sponsored by the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Civic Center, 6-9:30 a.m., 14th Street and Colfax Avenue, Denver: With 2,000 riders expected, this is the city’s main station for Bike to Work Day. Sponsors will be present and there will be giveaways.
Anschutz Medical Campus, 6-9:30 a.m., 13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora: Bike techs, bike parking, vendors, music and a prize drawing.
Town of Parker, 6-9:30 a.m., Cherry Creek Trail at E-470, Parker: Breakfast station located at the Cherry Creek Trail under the E-470 overpass from 6 to 9 a.m. In addition to breakfast, there will be bananas and nutrition bars, compliments of Natural Grocers, and some giveaways. The first 250 riders will also receive a free Town of Parker Bike to Work Day shirt.
Lowry Wings Over the Rockies, 6-9:30 a.m., 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver: Vendors, free breakfast and a chance to win a biker backpack courtesy of Timbuk2. The station will be located under a B-52 bomber.
SurveyGizmo, 6-9:30 a.m., corner of Foothills and Pearl Parkway, Boulder: Follow the aroma for bacon, hash browns, orange juice and water with 800 riders expected. There will be giveaways, music and costumes.
Arista Park, 6:30-9 a.m., Arista Place at Uptown Ave., Broomfield: Located just west of the 1st Bank Center, offerings here include massage and deep myofascial release. Local restaurants will be serving breakfast and coffee. Bike mechanics will be on site.
RiNo Great Divide Barrel Bar, 6:30-9 a.m., 3403 Brighton Blvd., Denver: Free breakfast gorditas, coffee, music from a local DJ and free light bike adjustments.
Highlands UMC Block Party, 5-7 p.m., 3131 Osceola St, Denver: Teaching folks how to use a bike maintenance station on the corner of West 32nd Avenue and Osceola Street with water, lemonade and light snacks.
Breckenridge Brewery, 3:30-7 p.m., 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton: Riders using the South Platte bike path can stop at Reynolds Landing Park for water, snacks, free socks, attention by a bike mechanic and coupons for beer at the Breckenridge Brewery located 200 yards east of the landing.
Denverite, 4-8 p.m., 1001 Bannock St., Denver: 10th Avenue between Bannock and Cherokee streets will be closed with Breckenridge Brewery refreshments for sale, a DJ truck, pop-up cinema, games, and vendors.
City of Aurora group ride, 12-1 p.m., 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora: If you can’t commute, you can join the city and LimeBike, a private bike-share operator in Aurora, for a quick free ride to Aurora City Place for lunch. LimeBike staff will be available during the ride, which will be led by City of Aurora staff via the Highline Canal Trail. Participants are asked to RSVP at email@example.com
Ace/Steuben’s Colorado Health, 3-6 p.m., 501 E. 17th Ave., Denver: The Colorado Health Foundation, Ace Eat Serve and Steuben’s are partnering to host a party station in Uptown with snacks and giveaways.
Punch Bowl Social, 5-8 p.m., 3120 N. Uinta Street, Denver: The Punch Bowl Social Stapleton is throwing a bike party with the first 100 riders getting a free pint of Avery White Rascal. Additional Avery pints will go for $4 and there will be happy hour food.