Denver Regional Bike to Work Day Website Live; Registration Open for June 26 Event

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As the rest of the nation celebrates Bike to Work Day on May 17, the Denver region prepares for Colorado Bike to Work Day on June 26, the fourth Wednesday in Colorado Bike Month. The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) spearheads this event in the nine-county metro area.

As the rest of the nation celebrates Bike Month in May and Bike to Work Day this Friday, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) reminds Denver-area commuters that Coloradans are taking a different path. Although the nation celebrates Bike Month in May, the May 1 snowstorm is a clear reminder why the state legislature has declared June as Colorado Bike Month, with Bike to Work Day taking place the fourth Wednesday—June 26 this year. With the successful launch of a brand-new website to promote the event and track registrations, DRCOG encourages would-be bike commuters to sign up at http://www.biketowork2013.org.

Colorado is making great strides in making the ride smoother for those who choose to use two-wheeled transportation: it climbed two places in the League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly States list to number two this year from number four last year. Colorado now boasts two of four of the League’s platinum-rated cities (Boulder and Fort Collins), and Walkscore just ranked Denver the third-most bikeable large city in the U.S. in its new Bikescore ratings.

“Bike to Work Day is a key metro area event for many reasons,” noted DRCOG Executive Director Jennifer Schaufele. “Having the support of so many other riders, the breakfast stations and the fun atmosphere help push people over the psychological hurdle of biking for reasons other than recreation. When people pledge to participate by registering on the regional website, it provides data that supports policy-making efforts. And it supports two goals our local governments have set forward as key in our long-range plan for growth and development, Metro Vision: lowering single-occupant vehicle (SOV) trips to work from 74 percent to 65 percent, and reducing daily vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita by 10 percent.“

Registration also enters bicycle commuters into a drawing for prizes: sponsors will be providing concert and sporting tickets, gift certificates for restaurants, athletic gear and more. Visitors to http://www.biketowork2013.org will also find resources for route planning, a map showing breakfast and bike home stations and group rides, information on bike-related events throughout the region and details on ordering the popular event t-shirt. DRCOG’s Way to Go program plans the annual Bike to Work Day event for the Denver region with assistance from a team of public and private partners including 9News, CDOT, Comcast, Denver B-Cycle, IKEA, Kaiser Permanente, Larkburger, Noodles & Company, RTD and Yay! In the more than 15 years since its inception, the Denver region’s Bike to Work Day has grown to the second-largest event of its kind in the nation, with nearly 27,000 riders participating in 2012.

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The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a nonprofit collaborative association governed by a Board of Directors representing 56 county and municipal governments. Board members work together to make life better in the Denver region for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. Through Metro Vision, the plan to manage growth over the next 25 years, the region’s local governments work cooperatively to address development, land use, transportation, environmental quality and older adult issues.

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