Mayor John Hickenlooper will join thousands of Coloradans by riding a bicycle to work on Wednesday to support Bike to Work Day.
Bike to Work Day is part of a regional campaign coordinated by the Denver Regional Council of Governments to encourage commuting by bicycle. Last year, nearly 36,000 people participated in the annual event – an increase of 61 percent from the year before. Participants saved 655,152 miles of vehicle travel by riding a bike to work instead of driving.
“Bike commuting is just plain fun,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s also better for the environment, good for your health, saves money on gas and is a refreshing change from the stop-and-go nature of rush-hour traffic.”
Hickenlooper will begin his ride Wednesday from the Bicycle Village store, 2802 S. Havana St., and follow the Cherry Creek bike path to Civic Center Park’s Greek Theater, where he will make brief remarks with Public Works Manager Bill Vidal. The mayor is expected to arrive about 7:30 a.m.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Mayor Hickenlooper and Bill Vidal will be available for interviews after their remarks in the plaza adjacent to the media parking area. Media parking will be allowed only on the east side of the Greek Theater; please enter from 14th Street.
Denver Public Works is proud to host the region’s largest Bike to Work Day Breakfast Station at Civic Center Park from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. There will be many free samples from various vendors and a variety of local organizations will promote cycling and “green” living.
Two new additions for 2009 are the Yellow Designs Stunt Team, an amazing group of BMX trick-riders performing choreographed thrill-shows and extreme stunt demonstrations, and a bike tech team from Bicycle Village explaining technical issues and doing minor repairs, as well as testing and diagnosing bigger bicycle issues.
More highlights of the morning include:
- Free bike helmets and fittings will be available while supplies last courtesy of Craig Hospital
- Official radio sponsor 99.5FM The Mountain will emcee the event and will give away a prize every 30 minutes
- The Public Works much-loved “Green” Street Sweeper will make an appearance and staff will distribute sweeping and parking action cards
- An educational display on the ozone will be provided by Denver Environmental Health
- Denver Recycles will provide on-site recycling collection as well as information and tips on recycling
- Denver Parks & Recreation will provide info on great, low-cost summer activities for the whole family
Vendors at Civic Center Park include:
- Panera Bread
- Madhava Honey
- Izze Beverages
- Vitamin Cottage
- Larabar/Humm Foods
- Glaceau Vitamin Water & Smart Water
- King Soopers
These organizations and many others will also be at the breakfast station:
- Bike Denver
- Adventure Cycling
- Bike Film Festival
- Civic Center Conservancy
- Spinhead Foundation
- Denver Police Dept
- Denver Recycles
- Downtown Denver Partnership
- Bicycle Colorado
- Denver Bicycle Touring Club
Communications Director Eric Brown or
Deputy Comm. Dir. Sabrina D’Agosta