Some Scenes from Colorado’s 2017 Bike to Work Day

Photo: David Sachs
Photo: David Sachs

About 34,000 people hopped on bikes for their commute on Wednesday, Colorado’s Bike to Work Day, according to early estimates from the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Everyday bike commuters and advocates for safe streets like Bike Denver and Bicycle Colorado rode alongside first timers. Thirty-seven percent of bicyclists participated for the first time, according to DRCOG.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Inevitably and unsurprisingly, drivers parked in bike lanes freely on the one day of the year when bicyclists are supposedly prioritized. But here are some happier scenes.

Breakfast and coffee at a bike station at 16th and Humboldt. Photo: David Sachs
Photo: David Sachs
Some extra temporary protection — complete with flowers — on the Arapahoe Street bike lane next to the Downtown Denver Partnership’s early morning pancake party. Photo: David Sachs
Safety in numbers at 16th and Josephine. Photo: David Sachs
Free bike tune-ups at the Downtown Denver Partnership’s station. Photo: David Sachs
Free breakfast burritos and shwag at the Denver Zoo station. Photo: David Sachs


Thursday’s Headlines

Yesterday members of the Colorado House Transportation Committee killed HB1099, a bill that would have banned automated traffic enforcement statewide, including photo red light cameras. Top photo: After a legislative victory, members of the Denver Streets Partnership posed for a photo outside of the State Capitol: Jack Todd and Piep van Heuven of Bicycle Colorado, Jill […]
Pullquote: Denver’s disappearing green spaces are not “because of a growing population of people. It’s because of a growing population of cars.” —Alana Miller, Frontier Group

Wednesday’s Headlines

From Streetsblog Fact check: Colo. Rep. Jovan Melton wants to ban red light cameras. But he justifies his position with false info. A hearing for his bill will happen at the State Capitol this afternoon. (Streetsblog Denver) Opinion: Denver paved over paradise and put up a parking lot. Contrary to the conclusion of a recent Denver […]
A parking lot across the street from Union Station, Denver's transit hub. Photo: David Sachs

Opinion: Denver Paved Over Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot

As the population grows, “nearly half the land in Denver’s city limits is now paved or built over,” shrinking the city's green space, according to a recent series in Denver Post. But there’s something important missing in their account. The city’s pavement problem isn’t because of a growing population of people. It’s because of a growing population of cars. It’s the roads, driveways and – perhaps most egregiously – the parking lots we’ve built to accommodate more cars.