Metro Denver’s Bike to Work Day returns on Wednesday with more than 140 “bike stations” set up to provide fuel and fluid for 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. Cyclists will find stations offering free breakfast, coffee, juice, smoothies, fruit, nutrition bars and much more. Some locations will be offering beer on the afternoon ride home.
Bike to Work Day was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic, and it was postponed three months in 2021. In the years prior to the pandemic, it was averaging about 18,000 participants annually, according to spokeswoman Nisha Mokshagundam. Organizers are hoping to attract 11,000 this year.
“Bike to Work Day really highlights what’s possible when we get tens of thousands of people out of their cars and into a more eco-friendly way of getting around,” Mokshagundam said. “We see some air quality improvements on that day, and it serves to show popular biking is in the region.”
Participants are asked to register at biketoworkday.co. One participant will receive a $3,000 e-bike from FattE-Bikes, a Denver company that makes custom-built electric bikes.
The website has an interactive map and a spreadsheet locating and listing participating bike stations and what each station will be offering. Here are five worth considering:
- Union Station: This is a “super station” with multiple vendors giving away coffee, cookies, kombucha and water. It will be open from 7 to 9 a.m. Two Union Station establishments, Milkbox Ice Creamery and ND streetBAR, will be handing out discount cards.
- Civic Center: Along with food and beverages, 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 to 9:30 a.m.
- Odyssey Beerwerks Taproom: Located near the Ralston Creek Trail in Arvada at Ralston Road and 56th Avenue, stop here for the Bike Home Party, where buying a beer will get you a free second one from 3 to 7 p.m. There is bike parking at the building.
- Junction of Platte River and Clear Creek trails: Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Chick-Fil-A and Sprouts will be giving away free food and beverages from 7 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 to 9 a.m. This location is near the Mineral Light Rail station.
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