Cycling in high gear

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This is the first in a three-part series about bicycling and its role in the Golden community. Part two, focusing on the business of cycling, will appear next week.

It’s summer, and on the last Tuesday of June, it seemed like half the city took part in the that edition of the Golden Bicycle Cruise.

Hundreds of people milled around the cruise staging area and the bicycle racks. They ranged in age from infants to the elderly. Some came just to enjoy the festive atmosphere and the live music, and perhaps get something to eat and drink. Most, however, came to ride.

The theme of the June ride was “superheroes,” as the plethora of capes and spandex clearly demonstrated.

Adam “Bo” Boe, a manager at the Golden Bike Shop, says there is nothing extraordinary about cycling in Golden except that 30 to 40 percent of the community is connected to it in some way.

“The cycling community here is blowing up, exponential growth,” Boe said as he surveyed the crowd at the bike cruise.

Among those community members was Jordanna Quinn. She sported a red cape, as did her 3-year-old daughter, Avery. Quinn said her family was quite bicycle focused, using it as their primary way of transportation, including her means of commuting to work in Denver.

“Between all of us, we have about eight bikes,” Quinn said.

The allure of the cycling lifestyle is clear, according to Quinn.

“It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s exercise. It’s outdoors, and you can do it with your friends,” she said.

Down the street from the bike cruise is the office of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, run by Chris McGee.

“We were a motorcycle town 10, 15 years ago, and now we’re a bicycle town,” McGee said.

A quick look around the city quickly reveals the ways in which this is true. Bicycles parked outside businesses on Washington Avenue outnumber motorcycles nowadays. At certain businesses, they outnumber the cars too. McGee said it is amazing that a city of Golden’s size could support five bicycle shops. He said a cluster of bicycle-related companies call Golden home as well.

With so many riding opportunities, active competitive race, and a bicycle-friendly City Council, both McGee and Boe said the local cycling trend showed no signs of slowing.

“With so many active people in and around Golden, I only see it growing,” Boe said.

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