Metro Denver’s Bike to Work Day returns Wednesday with more than 140 “bike stations” set up to provide fuel and fluid to participating commuters exercising their pedal power.
With a history dating back three decades, the event is organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments to promote alternatives to driving. Riders will find stations offering free breakfast, coffee, juice, smoothies, fruit, nutrition bars and more. Some places will offer beer when returning home in the afternoon.
Bike to Work Day did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, and it was postponed for three months in 2021. In the years before the pandemic, it averaged around 18,000 participants per year , according to spokeswoman Nisha Mokshagundam. Organizers hope to attract 11,000 this year.
“Bike to Work Day really highlights what’s possible when we help tens of thousands of people get out of their cars and into a more environmentally friendly form of transportation,” Mokshagundam said. “We are seeing improvements in air quality that day, and it shows that cycling is popular in the area.”
Participants are requested to register at biketoworkday.co. One entrant will receive a $3,000 e-bike from FattE-Bikes, a Denver company that makes custom e-bikes.
The website contains an interactive map and spreadsheet locating and listing participating bike stations and what each station will offer. Here are five of note:
- Union Station: This is a “super station” with several vendors offering coffee, cookies, kombucha, and water. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Two Union Station locations, Milkbox Ice Creamery and ND streetBAR, will be handing out discount cards.
- Civic Center: In addition to food and drink, this one offers free bike checks by Elevation Cycles, and the Denver Police Department will be set up to register bikes. It will be open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Odyssey Beerwerks Taproom: Located near the Ralston Creek trailhead in Arvada on Ralston Road and 56th Avenue, stop here for the Bike Home Party, where buying a beer will get you a free second from 3-7 p.m. . There is bicycle parking in the building. .
- Platte River and Clear Creek Trail Junction: Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Chick-Fil-A, and Sprouts will offer free food and beverages from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
- Littleton/Aspen Grove: In addition to breakfast, coffee, organic juices and smoothies, riders can get free tire fills and quick lubes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. This location is close to the light rail station.
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