Chalk it up as a win, Bike to Work day is BACK.
Over 54 businesses hosted breakfast stations, and several thousand people biked to work.
Imagine the first bike to work day, some 46 years ago. A few people out on old, likely single-speed steel frames, no helmets, and certainly no e-bikes. It was probably slightly less hectic in a traffic sense, and somewhat enjoyable although they likely didn’t have the St. Julian serving up Shrimp & Grits or BMA cookin’ up bacon. How times have changed, yet the constant of a bike remains the same – mobility, seeing and experiencing travel from a different perspective, all while promoting a simple, yet pivotal option for sustainable transportation.
This year’s Walk and Bike Month plus Bike-to-work Day shifted back to its normal time/month of June and brought with it a heightened enthusiasm for bikes, breakfast, and simply enjoying the whole purpose of spending more time peddling and reducing our footprint. Not to mention, it was really good to see smiling faces, donuts in hand, and catching our new favorite coffee, Jot, with an oat milk latte at Community Cycles. If you didn’t catch our station, you’ll want to earmark it for next year. Lamar Donuts brought our favorite breakfast food, Conscious coffee, and Natural Grocers brought snacks & vitamins to go, along with Boulder Clean showing us how to reduce our impact by reducing single-use plastic. Pretty amazing group that showed up at 6 AM. Special thanks also go out to Sharedpaths for supplying bike racks for the 200+ people we saw for breakfast.
The month itself brought a full roster of cycling-centered events. To name a few, the classic “B 360 Ride” was back – thanks to the City of Boulder, AAA, Milo Construction, Ben and Jerry’s, Boulder Valley School District, Eldorado Water, and Boulder Clean – showcasing the ease of riding around Boulder in 360 degrees. We also saw over 40 different bikes that were entered into this year’s Bike Show (at Upslope). Yes, it was that cool!
We also welcomed Sustainability Partner, Boulder Clean. They’re passionate about cycling and what it does for the environment while living out their mission to reduce single-use plastics. If you missed their Story, give it a look – we’re excited about this collaboration.
Cherry Creek Mortgage hosted the first Creek Cruiser Ride for the month. Think cocktail party on a bike (safely of course), with a few stops to recharge and refuel – total fun.
Rapha hosted the first Pride Ride during walk and bike month. Over 80 people showed up, pretty big..eh? Read about Rapha’s commitment to the community Here.
REI also joined the fun as the Resource Partner to Walk and Bike Month and lead the first Bike to work day Gravel Ride. Fun times had and expect to see more ride action with this fun crew.
Our partners at Upslope made the Bike-Home Happy Hour a hit. This was a new spin on how we engage people biking to work or biking for fun, giving people the opportunity to snag a cold beverage on their way home from work or simply wind down the day with a short ride to the brewery. We’re thrilled to have Upslope as a partner who, as a B-Corp makes sustainability a priority and supports cycling. Such a cool combination – find our conversation with Upslope Here.
Advocacy partner, Pearl Izumi, also supported the month as well as hosting their own breakfast station at their Louisville HQ. If you’re curious about the “Pedal to Zero” initiative, read our feature story on the Pearl Izumi partnership.
We also want to recognize the countless other partners and sponsors who made the whole month of June and Bike to Work Day possible! All of them are passionate about bikes and all of them stepped up in a big way – our gratitude to you all!