Denver’s Voice for Better Bicycling Summer 2011
Come Play in the Streets at Denver’s First Ciclovía
BikeDenver and LiveWell Colorado invite you to Bike, Walk or Hula-Hoop from City Park to Stapleton
All over the world, bicyclists are Through a partnership between Zone, exercise classes, healthy cook- Streets will showcase bike demos and
taking over roads usually meant for BikeDenver and LiveWell Colorado, ing demonstrations, organic garden- mechanics from local shops, B-Cycle
vehicle traffic in an effort to foster Viva Streets will encompass a plethora ing tips, and children’s entertainment test rides and Bike Depot’s Kid Bike
physical activity and civic pride. of free outdoor activities throughout including a dance competition, jump Rodeo. Make history with us as at-
From Madison, Wisconsin to New the route: live music, ever-popular rope and hula hoop activities. And tendees walk, bike, roller-blade, jog,
York City, U.S. bikers are taking a food trucks, a Denver Nuggets Fun for us more bike-centric folks – Viva sit, talk and play in the temporary
cue from their southern neighbors sanctuary of open public space.
by offering temporary large-scale bike
paths throughout their cities. Known Sunday, August 14th
as “Ciclovía” in Spanish, the first 10AM – 2PM
event of this magnitude was in Bo- ROUTE
gotá, Colombia in 1976. The tradi- 23rd Ave from City Park/Col-
tion continues in Bogotá today when orado Blvd to Syracuse St at
the city’s 70-mile cicolvía is opened
Fred Thomas Park/Stapleton
for bike-only traffic every Sunday.
Denver will host its first Viva
Streets Ciclovía Sunday, August 14th BIKE, WALK, ROLLERBLADE OR RUN IN CAR-FREE BLISS
from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will FREE VIVA STREETS CICLOVIA EVENTS :
Kick Off Viva Streets with a
kick off with a bike parade at the Mu- Great local entertainment & music
BIKE PARADE starting at the
seum of Nature and Science that will Healthy bites & street food, including Food Trucks!
Museum of Nature & Science!
continue east on 23rd Avenue to the Bike Depot Kids Bike Rodeo
Fred Thomas Park in Stapleton. The B-Cycle test rides Kids, neighbors, local dignitaries & active
two-mile stretch will be closed to car Outdoor Zumba, Pilates & Yoga classes streets enthusiasts are invited to ride with
us East on Montview Boulevard, then com-
traffic and become an inviting space Healthy cooking demonstrations
plete the route on 23rd Avenue to Stapleton.
for bikers, walkers, joggers, skaters, Local & organic gardening demonstrations
dancers and even hula-hoopers to play Bike demos & mechanics from local bike shops WWW.VIVASTREETS.ORG
in the streets! LOST? Just meet up with one of the guided bike & walking convoys located along the outside of the route & they’ll safely escort you to the event.
Complete Streets Paving the Way for
Safe Bicyclist and Motorist Commutes
On May 16th, Mayor Guillermo (Bill) Vidal an- which will designate an area for cyclists waiting for
nounced new improvements for Denver’s bicycling the light at busy cross streets.
community to help foster safer interactions between And, by Fall 2011, Denver will have its’ first
bikers and cars through the Denver Public Works’ bicycle boulevard. Knox Court, from Kentucky
Complete Streets Policy. Avenue to Alameda, will be the first neighborhood
Part of the new policy is to implement cycle street prioritized for bicycle travel.
tracks. Also known as sidepaths, cycle tracks are
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separated bike lanes that run alongside the roadway
“Increasing bicycle facilities is but are separated from automobile traffic by a physi-
vital to the growth and sustain- cal barrier – such as parked cars, a landscaped buffer
ability of the city. The steps we or a curb. Denver’s first cycle track was recently in-
are taking today will help to make stalled on Bannock Street and borders Civic Center
Denver one of the most bicycle- Park, across from the City and County Building.
friendly cities in our nation.” Area cyclists can also look forward to a bike box
at the intersection of 16th Street and Broadway,
– Mayor Vidal
PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS:
COMPLETED JUNE 22ND
Bike lanes on Bannock St & 46th Ave
LATE SUMMER 2011
Bike lanes on West Florida from
THIS NEWSLETTER IS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF
Bike sharrows on 23rd Ave Lakewood to Ruby Hill Park THE SUPPORT OF DENVER ZOO, just like your support
of Denver Zoo helps wildlife preservation everywhere.
Bike lanes in both directions on Larimer St
Denver Zoo’s efforts have aided animal conserva-
FALL 2011 Improvements to the Cherry Creek Trail tion projects in 57 countries on all 7 continents, &
Bike lanes on 14th St crossing of 1st & Gilpin St
Cycle track on 15th St they’ve participated in 568 programs since 1996.
Knox Ct bike lanes from Alameda Ave to new West Corridor light rail station Learn more at denverzoo.org
1 P R E S E R VAT I O N I N C L U D E D W I T H A D M I S S I O N .
BikeDenver Take a Ride With Us
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
S U M M E R S OLSTICE AT THE ZOO
President Take advantage of the longest day visiting some of Denver’s best cultural sponsored by Illegal Pete’s and Avery
Rob Price of the year with a winding bike ride outdoor spaces. Brewing Company.
from the Denver Zoo in City Park The 3rd Annual Summer Solstice
Treasurer through the Denver Botanic Gardens Ride will allow participants to enjoy
to Washington Park on Tuesday, June an evening ride, a free ticket to the
Jodi Kopke 21st. Denver Zoo, a once-a-year oppor-
With start times at 5:45, 6:00 and tunity to ride the Denver Botanic
Secretary 6:15 p.m., meet other cyclists while Gardens and picnic in Wash Park
BikeDenver plays host to community rides at every change of the season to showcase Colorado’s beauty
throughout the year. Make sure to save the following dates for one of our next COMMUNITY RIDES:
Board Member Save the Date! SEPTEMBER 10TH Tour de Fat AUGUST 14TH Viva Streets Ciclovia Bike Parade
Brent Tongco A fabulous day of bike festivities in City Park SEPTEMBER 23RD Autumnal Equinox Ride
DECEMBER 21ST Winter Solstice Ride
Ex-Officio Board Member/
Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee
Comings and Goings
Executive Director Fond Farewells
Piep van Heuven AARON
H E N RY
Advocacy Director BikeDenver
Maggie Thompson Board President
since Sept. 2009
Newsletter Editor Aaron leaves
Monica Ignaszewski Te x a s - s i z e d
shoes to fill
Communications Intern as he and his
Erin Hilmer family make
the move to Dallas where he’ll be Associ-
Membership Intern ate General Counsel at Moneygram Inter-
Kimmi Ward national.
We’re going to miss his outstanding
Tour de Fat outfits and ability to look Welcome BRENT TONGCO
equally stellar in cuff links or bike shorts. BikeDenver’s newest member of the Board of Directors! By
firstname.lastname@example.org BikeDenver’s loss will be BikeDFW’s day, Brent works in Denver’s Office of Economic Development,
gain, as they get to know a bicycle re- where he also helped Denver Bike Sharing with communica-
BikeDenver.org naissance man who enjoys everything tions and marketing in their first year of operation. Nights and
1536 Wynkoop St., #801 from winter bike commuting, to super-fast weekends you’ll find Brent out and about, helping BikeDenver
Denver, CO 80202 mountain biking in Mallorca meet more people around the city and having fun participating
and Cruiser-themed events. in everything from Bike Prom to Bike Polo.
Bicycle Friendly Business of the Month Awards
Each of the Businesses BikeDen- May PRIMAL WEAR, a part of
ver recogonizes monthly through the Denver bike community for 19
the Bicycle Friendly Business years, makes some of the most dis-
tinctive cycling apparel around. And,
(BFB) Awards are outstanding starting this summer, you’ll be seeing
organizations that go out of their one of their custom jersey designs on
ways to make biking an easy and Denver Parks and Recreation’s newly
accepted form of transportation formed Volunteer Courtesy Patrol.
around the city. The BFB program In addition, Primal supports many
causes and events that help the com-
has 140 honorees to-date. munity through cycling, from adopt-
You can nominate a workplace ing trails to manning a Bike to Work
as a Bicycle Friendly Business at January April eGO CARSHARE provides Day breakfast station.
www.bikedenver.org. THE BIKE DEPOT the perfect accompaniment to your
is an innovative non- active-transportation plan. Members
profit bicycle col- can pick up any one of 26 fuel-effici-
lective serving Park net vehicles parked in locations close
Hill and surrounding neighborhoods to bike lanes and bus and light-rail
in ways that standard for-profit bike lines throughout the Denver-Boulder
shops often can’t. area. As eGo Program Director Alyssa
Mendy Evans, The Bike Depot’s Alt says, “When you consider depre-
Development Director, explains: “As a ciation, maintenance, and
nonprofit community bike shop, we’re
distributing bikes to under-served
populations in Denver, helping avid
bikers to keep their bikes rolling, help- insurance, even a seldom-
ing beginning bikers learn more about used car costs a lot. eGo Car-
December GRAND HYATT ac- the benefits of cycling, and working Share members don’t have to worry
tively encourages its employees and with the cycling community to advo-
cate for improved biking in Denver.”
about any of those expenses—or Congratulations!
guests to bike for a fun, convenient even gas!” THANKS TO CLIF BAR FOR SUPPORTING THE BIKE
way to get around, go green, and FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE MONTH PROGRAM
give back. The concierge is happy
to recommend bike-accessible places February SNOOZE not only Clif Bar & Co
to visit and provides B-cycle maps serves up pancakes with panache, started on
so guests can skip the cab ride and they also serve the bike community a bike ride.
really get a feel for Denver. General in about as many great ways as they Founder Gary
Manager Greg Leonard is especially serve eggs! Snooze is a member of Eat- took a bite
proud of his 213-member Team Stay GreenerDenver, an association of lo-
Fit at Hyatt; in 2010 it raised more cally owned, independent restaurants of another
than $163,000 for the MS Society! whose mission is to promote sustain- energy bar
able action in the restaurant indus- and thought
try. Participating restaurants feature he could
fork-shaped bike racks in front of make a better
their establishments. Snooze’s Adam
Schlegel says, “So far we’ve stuck one. Today,
eleven forks in the ground. It’s been Clif Bar is a
tremendously successful.” leading maker
March TONY’S MARKET got its start back in 1978 with a simple business plan for and organic
their family-owned butcher shop. According to Mick Rosacci, one of Tony’s sons, “Dad energy and nutrition foods
and Mom taught us to stock only the best, treat every customer like a good friend, and
never sell anything we were not proud of.” The plan proved to be a good one, and now they have something new to
be proud of, the 71-mile Tony’s to Tony’s Ride, taking place October 2nd! WWW.CLIFBAR.COM
Send a message without saying a word.
JOYRIDE Order online at BikeDenver.org Adult M-L $18
a Healthier Planet
by Mia Burke
The behind the
scenes story of
Portland’s 20 year
a cycling mecca
Meet Our New Heroes
MAKING THE MOST OF THEIR COMMUTE
Each month BikeDenver recognizes a diverse group of citizen cyclists
who have made the commitment to ride their bike more often. The Bike
Hero of the Month Award is intended to further encourage people to
get out and experience the vital neighborhoods and environments all After a short winter hiatus, Denver B-cycle is back on the
around them. BikeDenver has recognized 17 Bike Heroes to date. streets with 500 bikes and 50 stations. In just twelve weeks,
about a third of the season, Denver B-cycle riders have
Nominate a bike hero by email- taken more than half the trips that were taken last year.
ing a photo, short bio and a Save $15 off the regular $65 Annual Membership with promo
quote about why your candidate code: BKDENVERB
rides to email@example.com
February TIFFANY BARNHART
the Denver Zoo’s Director of Com-
munications and winner of last year’s
December KELLY BROUGH Wild Ride, the Zoo’s environmental
president and CEO of Denver Metro sustainability contest for employees
Chamber of Commerce, has been willing to give up their cars for a year.
commuting to work by bike since “A number of things occurred to me
1991. She believes that having a solid when I considered it,” Tiffany says.
bike infrastructure is not only a boon “I’m a mother, I have a demanding April DAVE MOORE, owner of
to business, “it gets people thinking job, and emergencies happen. In the south-central Denver’s Divino Wine
about how fun bicycling is!” end, though, I want to show people and Spirits, has been riding his bike
that if I can do it, anyone can do it.” to work every day since he opened
shop in 2003 with his faithful canine
March PATRICK DOYLE Senior companion, Olive, in tow in her Dog-
Editor at 5280 Magazine, shared his gyRide. Sadly, Olive passed away re-
personal story in the February issue cently, but Dave continues to ride on
about trading in his pricey car-com- all but the snowiest days. “Being able
mute and downtown parking routine to bike to and from work is an essential
for a bike and an RTD pass. “The ex- way to clear my mind,” he says. “The
ercise, cost savings, and stress-reduc- few days out of the year that I can’t
ing aspects of commuting by bike or ride due to events or massive snowfall
public transportation are swell,” Doyle I feel a little robbed.”
writes,” but the hidden benefit is that May NICK ROPPO is a hairstylist
you become a more active observer of at Babooshka on East Colfax, and has
your city.” been biking to work since he moved
to Denver two years ago. Nick says, “I
choose to bike because it’s economical,
a good workout, and it makes me feel
a part of a great culture of bike enthu-
siasts.” He adds, “There is so much to
see on a bike that you don’t see in a car.
All senses are active on a bike—sights,
January DORIS KIMBROUGH, sounds, smells—I love it!”
professor of chemistry at University
of Colorado Denver, has a surefire so-
lution for avoiding traffic congestion
and parking fees: she bikes to campus Thank you,
in all but the most inclement weather.
“I’m far more alert on the days that I
ride than those I don’t, and it takes
about the same amount of time to ride
as it does to drive, park, and walk to
the office. Bike Hero Honorees recieve a $50 gift card from Bicycle Village
Barnum Park Mountain Bike
Skills Course Opens this July
Get ready to test your skills and the bike skills park in response to
enjoy the mountain bike skills course community requests to bring active
with elevated wooden ramps, a dirt recreation options like mountain
jump track and a dirt pump track at biking to an urban setting. Three
Barnum Park in Southwest Denver. distinct areas will be available to us-
The 40-acre community park, locat- ers of different ages and skills. Other
ed at 6th Avenue and Federal Bou- amenities in the bike course area will
levard is getting a $150,000 facelift include benches, picnic tables, bike Practicing hand signals with the help of Kid Wrangler James Purcell
that will turn unprogrammed space racks and landscaping with native
in the northern area into 2.5 acres plants. The project is in partnership Next Generation of Bicyclists off to a Great Start
of active, outdoor bike fun! Den- with Winter Park, which operates
We had a great Sunday afternoon on June 5th during Car-Free
ver Parks and Recreation planned the Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park.
Day at Cheesman Park at BikeDenver’s first kids and family event
of the summer! More than 40 kids ranging from 3-12 participated
in the first Kidical Mass of 2011. With the help of our expert vol-
BIKE THEFTS RISE DRAMATICALLY unteer Kid Wranglers, kids and parents practiced hand signals, bike
handling skills, and how to maneuver on city streets. There was bike
Denver’s District 6 has been going to the Denver Police District decorating, mechanical support from Bicycle Village, and snacks
working hard to combat the grow- 6 webpage and filling out the bicycle from Clif Kids, Tony’s Market and PopChips. We look forward to
ing problem of bike theft in Down- registration form as well as taking seeing your little rider at another Kidical Mass event this summer.
town Denver. As the number of preventative measures to reduce the
bicycles has increased so have the risk of having your bike stolen.
reports of theft. Currently most bi- Upcoming
cycles are not registered with the city
and many owners do not have their Kidical Mass
serial number on file. We suggest Programs
you register your bike with DPD by
JULY 16TH Berkley Park
AUGUST 20TH City Park
1. NEVER leave your bike unattended
2. Avoid leaving your bike locked overnight Help your child improve his
3. Lock your bike to designated bike racks when possible or her cycling skills to make
4. Use a high-quality u-lock to lock your frame and secure this summer better than ever!
any wheels with quick-release hubs
5. Make your bike as unique as possible. It will deter theft and Pre-Registration Required
increase your chances of recovering the bike should it be stolen. Space is Limited
Register at www.bikedenver.org
COURTESY PATROL VOLUNTEERS EXPAND PARK RANGERS’ REACH
On June 6th, a new Volunteer Courtesy Patrol was launched in Washington Park with a
group of volunteer bicyclists to help educate park users on basic safety rules and courtesies.
On busy weekends throughout the summer months, this group of 35 volunteers will work
with Denver Parks & Recreation at the city’s most popular spaces: Cherry Creek Trail, South
Platte Trail, City Park and Washington Park.
“Our city parks are an incredible natural resource and this volunteer program will help
park rangers ensure that there is someone available to help residents and visitors where as-
sistance is needed,” said Chantal Unfug, Manager of Parks & Recreation.
If you’re out and about at the park this summer, make sure to thank BikeDenver’s Volunteer
Courtesy Patrol for all their efforts. You won’t be able to miss them, as each volunteer will
be sporting new green jerseys donated by Primal Wear.
Increase the Denver Park Rangers’ presence & visibility at
Denver’s most popular parks & multi-use trails
Report on conflict areas and physical safety issues.
The Courtesy Patrol Gets ready for their first ride around Wash- Educate trail & park users about basic safety rules & courtesies
ington Park on June 6th, sporting new custom designed jerseys Assist residents & visitors by providing directions & information
from Denver’s Primal Wear. SEE THE NEW JERSEYS ON PG 4
First Statewide Bike Summit
brings Advocates to the Capitol
Over 200 representatives from 33 and mountain biking; and a day at the
out of the state’s 35 districts came Capitol for constituents to meet their
together in downtown Denver this state legislators regarding the impor-
past February 7th and 8th for Bicycle tance and economic impact of cycling
Colorado’s inaugural Colorado Bike in Colorado.
Summit. Featured keynote speakers With the outpouring of interest
included Bikes Belong, Trek Bicycle and sheer number of attendees, Bi-
Corporation, and SRAM Cycling cycle Colorado has helped advocates
Trek President John Burke giving his keynote Fund. from across Colorado become a stron-
speech at the First Colorado Bike Summit. There were breakout sessions on ger force to be reckoned with by local
complete streets, safe routes to school and state government.
PRO CYCLING BACK IN CO AFTER 20 YEAR HIATUS
August 22nd starting in Colorado Springs, 128 8/22: PROLOUGE Colorado Springs
of the world’s best professional cyclists will set 8/23: STAGE 1 Salida to Crested Butte
off to cover 600 miles in the Inaugural USA 8/24: STAGE 2 Gunnison To Aspen
Pro Cycling Challenge. Watch the action roll 8/25: STAGE 3 Vail Time Trials
through your favorite mountain town along the 8/26: STAGE 4 Avon to Steamboat Springs
route, and be sure to catch the thrilling finish as 8/27: STAGE 5 Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
riders charge into Denver on August 28th. 8/27: STAGE 6 Golden to Denver
MAPS & HOST CITY INFO AT WWW.USAPROCYCLINGCHALLENGE.COM
Cyclists will negotiate mountian roads as high as 2 miles above sea level as they travel through the Rockies.
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National Bicycle Honors for Zoo
The Denver Zoo received national recognition this spring when they were named
as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
The Denver Zoo is the first business in the city of Denver and the first zoo in the
nation to be recognized for this award.
The Zoo stood out among the crowd for its commitment in encourage cycling
through its Wild Ride challenge that encouraged employees to give up commuting
by car for an entire year. Staff members who were up to the challenge won bike
gear, massage sessions and vacations for their hard work and dedication.
2011 BIKE TO THE FUTURE
They came. They saw. They moonwalked. Here’s just a taste of the all the great costumes from our enthusiastic Prom-Goers.
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Your VIP Parking Space is Waiting
BikeDenver’s Community Bike Parking Program is making it easier than ever to com-
mute to Denver’s many summer festivals and events. Over the next few months we’ll of-
fer convenient bike parking in a fenced corral at 14 of the city’s most popular events.
COMMUNITY BIKE PARKING CORRALS:
JUNE JULY AUGUST
Westword Music Showcase Cherry Creek Arts Festival Civic Center Ride In Movies
Cactus Bike From Work Bash Civic Center Ride In Movies Green Routes Festival
Civic Center Ride In Movies Dragon Boat Festival
A Taste of Colorado • Brew at the Zoo • Tour de Fat Veloswap • Denver Broncos Orange Ride • Boo at the Zoo
The first Community Bike Parking volunteers of the
season, Quinn Kelsey & Matt Tucker, at The Big Eat.
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