Photos: Devout Cyclists Turn out for an Icy Winter Bike to Work Day

Philip von Hake
Philip von Hake at the South Cherry Creek Trail station with his Fuji Wendigo bike. Photo: Loren Hansen.

Bewhiskered bicyclists arrived with frost on their beards as they rolled up to Winter Bike to Work Day stations this morning.

They were among the devout who showed up three days after a storm piled 5.5 inches of snow on the ground and single-digit temperatures left icy conditions on the city’s streets, trails and bike lanes.

But before the event, Denver and Boulder led the world in the number of people who committed to trying winter bike commuting this year — and they don’t have to do it today.

“We actually encouraged people who were not 100 percent comfortable riding today to commit to ride any other day this winter,” says Winna MacLaren, a spokesperson for DRCOG, a regional planning organization and one of the sponsors of the event.

Roughly 50 cyclists showed up at the Civic Center bike station, says MacLaren. There volunteers served coffee and burritos. During last year’s ride, when the weather was warmer and drier, three times that number arrived. There were 40 such stations across the Denver region this year.

Below are photos from the event.

Rolf Eisinger, Denver's Vision Zero manager, rides near the Webb Municipal building.
Rolf Eisinger, Denver’s Vision Zero manager, rides a fat-tire bike near the Webb Municipal building. Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.
Doug Hoffacker takes a bus downtown and finishes his trip to work every day on a B-Cycle bike.
Doug Hoffacker takes a bus downtown from Westminster and finishes his trip to work at Channel 4 every day on a B-Cycle bike. “I do it all winter anyway,” he says. “I got some really good long johns for snowboarding. They’re so comfortable I don’t even know they’re on.” Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.
Icicles formed on the eyelashes of Robert Shime, who rode 20 miles from Englewood and Lakewood to downtown.
Icicles formed on the eyelashes of Robert Shime, who rode 20 miles from Englewood and Lakewood to downtown. “I normally come up to downtown to study,” he said. “I might as well grab some coffee and food.” Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.
Leo Siciliano
Leo Siciliano arrived at Civic Center with an ice-frosted beard. Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.
Snow had been plowed from a bike lane near the convention center in lower downtown — but it remained icy. Photo: Loren Hansen, Streetsblog.
Snow had been plowed from a bike lane near the convention center in lower downtown — but it remained icy. Photo: Loren Hansen, Streetsblog.
_T8A8597
The Winter Bike to Work Day station at the Webb Municipal building in downtown Denver. Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.

 

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Tuesday’s Headlines 5/11/21: It’s official – Lyft and Lime to bring bike and scooter share to Denver

|
Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area Denver to Launch New Bike and Scooter Share Program This Week (DOTI) City Council gives Lyft and Lime sole control of Denver’s bike-and scooter-share market, rezones Loretto Heights for redevelopment and more (The Denver Post) Denver City Council passes resolution to allow only 2 scooter operators (9 News) ‘Bird’ […]

Monday’s Headlines 5/10/21: News from the Weekend

|
Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area Man Killed In Lakewood Hit-And-Run (CBS Denver) Denver crash kills 1, sends 3 to hospital (KDVR) Motorcyclist dies after crash with vehicle in Aurora (The Denver Post) Demolition of the I-70 viaduct to start this month (The Denver Post) Residents of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood sue to stop legal […]

Todays Headlines 5/7/21: Putting Santa Fe on a full road diet

|
Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area I-70 is back open following deadly motorcycle crash Friday morning (KDVR) Denver Street Changes and Putting Santa Fe on a “Full Road Diet” (Westword) Transit & Safety Improvements Coming to Stretch of Lincoln Street (DOTI) RTD establishes guiding principles for providing future service – seeks feedback on next steps […]
Danny Katz speaking to KMGH Channel 7

Today’s Headlines 5/5/21: How a new emphasis on safer streets could drive big change in Colorado

|
It’s National Bike to School Day! Learn more about how Colorado celebrates the day here.  From Streetsblog Commentary: How a new emphasis on safer streets could drive big change in Colorado (Streetsblog Denver) Wednesday’s Headlines Add Some Perspective (Streetsblog USA) How (And Why!) to Repeal ‘Jaywalking’ Laws (Streetsblog USA) Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area […]