Whether Feb. 8 is a typical Colorado day full of sunshine or a typical Colorado day full of snow, more than 1,000 Coloradans have committed to riding their bike to work as part of the Seventh Annual …
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Whether Feb. 8 is a typical Colorado day full of sunshine or a typical Colorado day full of snow, more than 1,000 Coloradans have committed to riding their bike to work as part of the Seventh Annual International Bike to Work Day.
The competition challenges countries from around the world to get the most people to commit to riding their bike to work on Feb. 8, regardless of weather.
The website winterbiketoworkday.org tracks each country’s number of commitments, and currently Denver is ranked first, with Boulder coming in second. Varazdin, Hrvatska, in Northern Croatia, is in third place.
Much like its fair-weather counterpart, the event encourages commuters to leave their cars parked for one day, using a bicycle to get to work. The annual Bike to Work Day for 2019 is scheduled for June 26. More than 18,000 people in the Denver Metro area registered to participate in 2018.
As of Feb. 1, 743 riders from Denver had registered their intention to participate in the Feb. 8 ride. In Boulder, 455 had registered.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments has teamed up with CDOT to sponsor stations and activities along the Front Range for those who accept the international challenge.
“There are stations along the routes where riders can get food, drink, free giveaways,” said Winna MacLaren, public relations specialist for DRCOG. “We have tons of partners throughout the region that are hosting stations. Riders can get hot chocolate and food, and get together with other winter bike warriors.”
While some riders in the international challenge will enjoy pleasant, warm commutes, others such as those who live in Colorado, may face ice and snow. MacLaren offered a few tips for the commute.
“Dress in layers, and gloves are always good,” said MacLaren. “If you’re a serious biker then snow tires might be a good investment. But if you’re just going for the day, just be careful.”
If you’re not comfortable making the entire commute by bicycle, RTD welcomes bikes on all buses and light rail cars, so bikers can ride a smaller part of their commute as part of the commitment. It’s important to register at winterbiketoworkday.org, so the number of riders can be tracked.
Much like the June event, local communities host breakfast and break stations along the way. Northglenn is hosting a station from 6:30-9 a.m. at E.B Rains Park, the iPie Pizzeria at 145 Nickel St. in Broomfield is hosting a coffee stop from 7-9 a.m. and Planet Cyclery is hosting a breakfast and maintenance stop from 7-9 a.m. at the 116th Avenue Park and Ride along the Boulder-Denver Turnpike.
CU Boulder will be hosting a bike home station in front of the UMC from 4-6 p.m.
DRCOG will be hosting a station with breakfast burritos, hot beverages and maintenance gear at 113 W. Colfax beginning at 7 a.m.
For a full list of bike stations visit winterbiketoworkday.org.
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