Pedestrian Shops and Patagonia Footwear Team Up to Support Boulder's Community Cycles

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This is the third year that Pedestrian and Patagonia are partnering for Advocate Weeks, this year with Community Cycles and previously with the Center for Resource Conservation in 2012 and Growing Gardens in 2013.

Community Cycles is this year's beneficiary of Patagonia's Advocate Weeks partnership with Boulder's Pedestrian Shops.

Pedestrian chose Community Cycles this year because it promotes bicycles as affordable, viable and sustainable transportation that supports healthy and active lifestyles,said Pedestrian founder and President Richard Polk.

Community Cycles gets $20 for each pair of Patagonia shoes purchased from the Pedestrian Shops between June 20 and July 6. The partnership is part of Patagonia Footwear’s Advocate Weeks initiative, which helps retailers promote local conservation efforts.

Other events planned for Advocate Weeks in Boulder include:

Community members can enter a design contest to create a window display for the Pedestrian Shops on the Pearl Street Mall with the theme, “Why Bikes Make Boulder a Better Place.” The winner will go home with two free pairs of Patagonia shoes. Contestants should email a sketch and brief description of their design to Volunteer(at)communitycycles(dot)com no later than May 20. The window will be installed in the first week of June and be displayed until the second week of July. Community Cycles will provide recycled bike parts to be used in the display.

On April 22, Community Cycles will host a Family Bike Ride, leaving from the Pedestrian Shops at 1425 Pearl St. The ride starts promptly at 5:30 pm and will explore the Boulder Creek Path. Patagonia Footwear will provide Kean Kanteen water bottles and organic cotton bags for the first 20 riders.

On July 2 a “Bikes and Beers” bike clinic will take place at the Pedestrian Shops on Pearl Street. Volunteers from Community Cycles will teach basic bike maintenance and answer questions. Beer will be provided by Tommyknocker Brewery from Idaho Springs, and reusable aluminum pint glasses by Patagonia.

Pedestrian and Patagonia partnered with the Center for Resource Conservation, the Scrap Sisters and Casey Middle School students in 2012 and with Growing Gardens in 2013.

Pedestrian chose Community Cycles this year because it promotes bicycles as affordable, viable and sustainable transportation that supports healthy and active lifestyles, said Pedestrian founder Richard Polk.

Community Cycles collects, repairs and redistributes “waste” bicycles at its nonprofit bike shop and provides space for classes and workshops on bicycle care, repair, safe cycling and bike community. They help create 250 new bike commuters each year though the Earn-A-Bike program, reaching low-income individuals, and sponsor a Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway for 250 low-income kids and families.

Community Cycles recycles more than 2,500 bikes a year. Their Advocacy Committee works with local decision-makers to create safe, accessible walking and biking infrastructure throughout Boulder.

Pedestrian is also now conducting its 51st Shoe Drive to collect slightly used shoes for local assistance organizations, the drive continues through May 5 and while a purchase is not required shoe donors are offered a 10% discount on a new shoe purchase.

The Pedestrian Shops is a locally owned family business founded in 1969 operating two Boulder stores, as well as the website The Pedestrian Shops sell the world’s most comfortable brands of shoes and encourage their customers to enjoy life and take a walk -- or a bike ride!

The Pedestrian Shops are located at 1425 Pearl on Boulder’s Downtown Mall and In the Village Shopping center, Facing Folsom between Arapahoe and Canyon, Boulder, Colorado.

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