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Denver Summer Solstice Ride

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If you are in the Denver area you should come out next Thursday for the BikeDenver and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Summer Park-to-Park bike ride! Take a bicycle ride from City Park, through the Botanic Gardens to Dos Chappell Bathhouse at Washington Park. Learn More on BikeDenver.org

 

Join us for a fun summer social event and meet other “green” residents and volunteers!

Ride Start Waves: 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm
Ride Start Location: MLK Statue Denver City Park
Bring your own bike and helmet (highly recommended)
Download the route map

A Special Experience!

You’ll have the unique opportunity to ride your bike through the Denver Botanic Gardens (in the front entrance and out the back gate to Cheesman Park!). The ride pace will be casual. Ride guides will remind you to ride on the designated roadway or bike route and obey all traffic laws. When we ride through the Botanic Gardens we will be riding single file.

Post-ride picnic for the first 400 registrants! This sells out every year!

Avery Brewing Co., Illegal Pete’s and Clif Bar are kicking in some great food and brew for this event!  If you are one of first 400 people to register you will be treated to a free Illegal Pete’s burrito and a tasty brew from Avery Brewing Company.  Limited quantities are available and are reserved for the 1st 400 people who register.  Your ride registration receipt will serve as your food/beverage coupon.

Registration is now open. Click here to register
Donations are optional but welcomed. 
All donations will benefit both BikeDenver and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

Bike Commuting in Denver: Part II

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An on going series of riding and commuting in my new city of Denver Colorado. See more about my Denver Cycling experienced here. 

Over the past couple weeks I have been reminded about some key things for commuting and riding in a major city like Denver, CO.

  • Maps aren’t always perfect, but it adds to the adventure.
  • Cable locks are useless and shouldn’t be sold to keep your bike safe
  • Thorn resistant tires are required in the west. I’ve seen tires with 10-30 “goat heads” after riding through a city park, on the greenway.
  • Finding new routes on greenways, make shift single track through parks, sharrowed bike lanes and back alleys are never ending. Thank you BikeDenver and everyone else involved.
  • No matter how “bike friendly” a city is, there are still jacks in cars, on bikes and walking the streets. Put yourself and your safety first.

 

Bike Commuting in Denver: Part I

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As I’m getting used to the world of Denver, CO I’ve been able to start bike commuting to the shop I’m at, Salvagetti. This is amazing for me as I haven’t had the luxury of being able to bike commute for roughly 3 years. (If you remember, I used to ride daily and didn’t even own a car for a while.)

This week I’ve been able to ride into work on the Cherry Creek Greenway, cut over on a bike lane and arrive at the bike shop with little contact with true street traffic. The full ride is roughly 12-14 miles depending how I get to the greenway and I can easily say I’m in cycling heaven.

A few key things that have helped me navigate:

BikeDenver Bike Map
Google Maps “Bicycle” Function
A patient girlfriend that has been able to ride in with me two of the days for entertainment and quality time

Over the next few months I plan on documenting in better detail my commute, different areas/bike paths and greenways. I even hope to do some bike camping sooner than later. If you are in the area, let me know! I would love to explore with folks.