From New Belgium: New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming back to Denver for one day on Saturday, September 8 at City Park. Tour de Fat rookies and veterans alike are encouraged to grab a bike and join us for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry, all while raising money for Bike Denver and Denver Cruisers.
For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.
The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from the West side of City Park, but be there early to register.
The pinnacle of Tour de Fat is the ceremonious car-for-bike trade. At each Tour de Fat, one person becomes the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Tour de Fat is now seeking volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. Each car-for-bike swapper will choose a local bike shop to help them turn their $2,250.00 budget into their ultimate car-replacement commuter bike. The cars will be auctioned by Vehicles for Charity, with proceeds to benefit local cycling organizations.
Announcing call for Safe Routes to School Applications & Encouragement for Walk to School Day Events
STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is now accepting applications for Colorado’s 2013 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding. Awards for both non-infrastructure (education) and infrastructure (capital) projects are available. The goal of SRTS programs are to provide education to get more kids walking and bicycling where it is safe and to fix conditions where it is not safe.
Eligible applicants include schools, school districts, cities, counties, tribal entity, and/or any other local or regional government entity. Non-profits may apply by partnering with any of the above entities.
Colorado has one of the most sustainable SRTS programs in the nation. Each SRTS project selected must demonstrate in the application a strong commitment to program sustainability and ensure their SRTS efforts will live on long after their grant is concluded. SRTS grants are also performance based and before and after results are reported.
A few weeks ago, the Colorado Safe Routes to School State Network convened to contemplate this very question. Dave Cowan, of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, kicked the meeting off with a status update of funding for SRTS from the new federal transportation bill passed earlier this spring. Long (and rather complicated) story short, funding for biking and walking initiatives has taken a large cut overall (from $1.2 billion in 2011 reduced to $800 million for 2012 in the current transportation bill) and the Safe Routes to School Program no longer has dedicated federal funding (in 2011 $182 million was dedicated directly to SRTS). According to Dave, "This means that Safe Routes to School projects will compete in a combined funding pot with other bicycling and walking projects as well as the new eligibilities of environmental mitigation and boulevard construction. What does this mean? It means that in order to successfully compete, potential Safe Routes to School projects will need to be leaner, meaner and more effective than ever!" It also means that momentum for SRTS will have to come from state, local, and grassroots efforts. Read more of Dave's take on the new transportation bill in his article Who Moved My Cheese?
The good news is that Colorado has an excellent history of supporting SRTS. Marissa Robinson of the Colorado Department of Transportation, shared with the audience that CDOT has already administered $14 million in grants to date and that Colorado is a leader in SRTS. In fact, one in seven Colorado schools participates in International Walk to School Day, placing us second in the nation, behind Mississippi (really? surely we can beat Mississippi this year!). Also Colorado is home to two James L. Oberstar award winning schools, Bear Creek Elementary and Heatherwood Elementary, both in Boulder. This is the highest award a school can receive for outstanding SRTS efforts and it has only been awarded fives times nationwide (impressive that Colorado has clenched it twice)! But, Marissa also emphasized the need for grassroots efforts in Colorado to keep up our momentum.
Partial repost with permission from Flatironbike.com. Please go there to read the full article
Two bicyclists have been killed at the intersection of US-36 and Violet Avenue since 2009. The most recent was TJ Doherty, on July 24th, 2012. Both cyclists were headed southeast on US-36, and were hit by cars traveling northwest, making left turns onto Violet. In this area US-36 is just outside of Boulder’s city limits, in the county, but it’s the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) that’s responsible for it. Looking at the aerial view below we can explore why this intersection might be particularly dangerous for cyclists.
Northwest bound vehicles on US-36 have a dedicated left turn lane, and no obligation to stop before making their turn. The angle that Violet Ave. makes with the highway is quite oblique, meaning that it can be taken at high speed, and because US-36 has a speed limit of 55 mph in this area, cars often will take it at high speed if they don’t see any oncoming traffic.