Gary Fisher, the founding father of mountain biking once said, “Anyone who rides a bike is a friend of mine”. I, for one, subscribe to that way of thinking and today I joined 18,000 of my friends in participating in Colorado’s Bike to Work Day. Presented by the Denver Council of Regional Government, Bike to Work day is an event to raise awareness of bicycle commuting. For those who would be first time bike commuters, the DCROG has information packed event web page that helps folks plan their route as well as identify the locations of breakfast stations, a tasty bonus for Bike to Work Day participants.
- Breakfast station (sponsored by Primal Wear)
- One happy bike commuter!
This year EVstudio Denver’s participation was only 11%, but efforts are being made to double that figure by 2014. Last year’s Bike to Work Day was my first day bicycle commuting. I’ve always enjoyed cycling, but never thought that it would be practical to bicycle into work. A friend of mine suggested I give Bike to Work Day a try, using the prospect of free donuts as motivation. Free donuts aside, I found that I really enjoyed the ride into work. Since then I have replaced 60 car commutes with bicycle commutes. For me it is a great way to sneak in some exercise (exercising my demons I like to tell my wife) and avoid the daily slog through the Tech Center and along Speer Boulevard. I have also found that the ride home is a great way to decompress from the stresses associated with providing top notch structural engineering services for one of the best architectural / engineering firms in Colorado.
“But my work is too far away for me to reasonably get there by bicycle”. That sounds like my story too. EVstudio is approximately a 24 mile bicycle commute from my house one way. As much as I would like to spend 4 hours a day cycling, I have other responsibilities. But who said you had to commute the entire way? I cut my ride in half by driving out to a local bike shop, stashing my car and then catch the Cherry Creek Bike Path into downtown. Most days I get to work in the same amount of time it would take me to commute.
The website for Bike Denver and Bicycle Colorado are great resources for route planning as well as some great tips for first time commuters. I hope that this blog may have piqued some interest in you and I can’t wait to meet all my new friends on the trail next year!