Colorado’s Bike to Work Day is tomorrow, and while it may or may not inspire long-term behavioral change for commuters, the sea of bikes on the road — last year the region saw about 30,000 — probably makes it the safest day of the year to pedal to the office. The Denver area sees about 18,000 bike commuters on an average day, according to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
The event could take 25,000 motorists off the road, according to DRCOG, which orchestrates the bike stations, rallies, and data collection each year.
Here are some ways to participate tomorrow:
- Register with DRCOG’s Way2Go program to earn prizes and provide planners with data they can use to promote biking in the Denver area.
- Stop for coffee, breakfast, or water at one of the 246 stations throughout the region (65 are in Denver).
- Map your route and see what events and stations are on the way.
- Ride downtown with Mayor Michael Hancock.
- Check out morning and afternoon rush hour parties.
- Join a group ride.
About 5 percent of last year’s commuters were riding to work for the first time on the holiday, according to a survey by DRCOG. All participants rode to work more often after Bike to Work Day than they did prior to the holiday, the survey stated.