Commuting

June is Colorado Bike Month

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June is Colorado Bike Month so get you bike ready and ride!
Stay tuned to updates as more information for Colorado Bike Months comes into 303Cycling. For starters here is something everyone can start on.

Tips for Commuting by bike

  • Bike Commuting can be done on any bike. No race bike needed, just a safe and mostly operating bike will do.
  • Distance is not the problem, Logistics is. Riding 10 miles to work is really easier than is may sound but once you get to work that is when things and get complicated... work cloths, maybe a shower, lunch/snacks, etc. Plan ahead of time and take you cloths to work the day before and use wet wipes to clean off it your work does not have a shower.
  • Don't bike to work the same way you would drive to work!. This is a huge pet peeve of mine, so often I see cyclist using busy and dangerous streets when one or two blocks away is a perfect street with a bike lane on it. No one will have a good experience is you choose a route that is not bike friendly and in Boulder there are PLENTY of safe routes to choose from

Getting your bike ready for Bike to Work month

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Knock on wood, winter is now behind us and the seasonal cyclist can now come out and ride and commute. For many, coming out of that winter hibernation can be difficult because your bike is just like it was when you put it away in the fall... in sick shape. Just because cash is tight these days doesn't mean you still can't get that mike tune-up. There are many places in the Boulder/Denver area that are helping folks learn how to tune up their own bikes or providing deep discounted tune-ups. Check out these Boulder/Denver bike resources

Community Cycles of Boulder
They provide $20 tune-ups at the Boulder Farmers market starting at 8am.

Denver Library Bike Maintenance Workshop
"Whether you’re a pro, an amateur, or someplace in between, come to the free Nuts 'n Bolts Basic Bike Maintenance Workshop to learn how you can maintain and repair your own bike, including patching and changing a tire, tightening brakes and some basic modification skills. While you’re here, enjoy a free beverage in the shade and shoot the breeze with other bike enthusiasts to learn about new routes, tricks and techniques."
Details on event

Bike or Walk to School Day

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Yesterday Walk or Bike to School Day was a huge success with over 2200 students registered to participate but it is speculated that many more did. Foothills, Flatirons and Heatherwood Elementary had big events with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the implementation of their Safe Routes to Schools improvements. Some of those improvements include newer bike racks (old ones are difficult for many to use and simply don't fit bikes especially if lights are on the bike), bike paths, extra signage, more sidewalks and safer cross walks. Casey Middle School students had the extra big task of riding to their new temporary school, Platt Middle School but that did not slow them down, Catherine Powers, a teacher at Casey led a group of kids. The Casey students had a diverse set of students participate thanks to Casey's earn-a-bike program.


   
Photo by Mike Eubanks

"The weather for this week so far couldn't have been better", mentioned a parent as crossing 75th street as she took a bike train to Heatherwood Elementary. Boulder Sheriff had two officers on 75th street along with a worker from the Boulder County Transportation Department as the monitor traffic for future improvements and aided crossing guards with making a presence to the speedy south bound 75th traffic.

Boulder and Denver Bike Commuting is getting easier

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This morning the Daily Camera reports of better bike lanes and multi use path from Arapahoe to Mapleton street. Also, 5280 magazine recently talked about "Denver's bike culture moves beyond spandex and embraces the commuter", see full story. This week the Boulder Valley School District is having Walk and Roll Week which I can say at my son's schools it is a major success so far! Commuting is happening!

Tips on commuting in Boulder or Denver

- Get a map (Boulder Map and Denver Map)
- Logistics, this in my opinion is the hardest by far, either have a plan to have your stuff already at work (clothes, lunch, shoes, towel (if you shower), computer, etc.
- Don't take the same streets to you destination as you would by car. At least in Boulder there are TONS of bike lanes and paths that can take you to the same place but off of the main car veins. For example need to get to Downtown Boulder, trip Pine street instead of Pearl street or ride 30th street instead of 28th.
- Get the right bike. If you want to do this more than just 1 day a week you might want to consider getting a commuter bike. This of course is not required but it could make a huge difference in making commuting more common in your life.

Bikes to consider...

Commuter bike The bike industry is just now starting to address this niche of bikes but some will say they still have a looonnggg way to go. When selecting a commuter bike you have to consider the distance you will probably be riding and the amount of "stuff" you will have with you but my personal favorite and maybe my next bike is..
Swobo Dixon or Gary Fisher Simple City 8

Custom bike Any bike can be a commuter bike with a few optional adjustments (bike rack, fender, light, etc.) I have a HEAVILY modified Redline 925 with a SRAM internal 5 speed and riser bars, and it works great for me! Since you might not be racing on your way to work you bike can be tricked out to make it different or unique. Recently I took a Surly Cross-check and turned it into a nice Commuter/Hipster ride. The bike is for sale $600 for 303cycling readers! email me kris at 303racing dot com if you are interested!


Cargo Bikes A must have for those who have a lot of "stuff" to move with you or are considering going full time bike commuter. I've seen a few Cargo's around town and this individual uses the Yuba Mundo to commute from Longmount to Gunbarrel every day!

Types of Cargo bikes
Yuba Mundo
Surly Bike Dummy
Bakfiets


Freiker

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I had not heard of Freiker until I read this article on Bikes Belong. This is really cool stuff both for the kids and the technology that's behind the program and its expanding. It started right here in Boulder in 2004 and continues to grow. This really gets kids excited about riding their bike to school and using their bike as a form of alternative transportation.

Cyclist Offender Database

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Someone has started a Facebook group to report angry drivers. I am not sure how affective this will be but it is kinda interesting. Check it out here. I think the more affective way would be to use the recommended Colorado State Patrol method and that is to dial *277. For detailed on what information you will need if you do place a call you can find it on the Bicycle Colorado website.

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