Thousands Trade In Keys For Pedals On Bike To Work Day

DENVER (CBS4)– Thousands of commuters in the Denver metro area traded in their car keys for bike pedals on Wednesday for Bike to Work Day.

Thousands of cyclists hit the streets on Wednesday as they made their way to work. Some of them gathered at the region’s largest Bike to Work Day Breakfast Station in Civic Center Park.

Cyclists from across the Denver metro area were encouraged to make a pit stop on their rides into downtown where cyclists could enjoy free breakfast, get a free bike tuneup, register their bike online with the Denver Police Department and learn about bike organizations.

Bike to Work Day (credit: CBS)

Bike to Work Day (credit: CBS)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia were there to celebrate Bike to Work Day with all the cyclists.

The Denver metro area’s Bike to Work Day is the second largest in the nation.

“We are seeing more emphasis than ever on active transportation, with more bike and pedestrian projects a part of the mix,” says DRCOG Director of Marketing and Communications Steve Erickson in a statement. “Bike to Work Day registration numbers support bike advocacy and, as a result, bike infrastructure that impacts the entire region.”

Additional Information from DRCOG:

● Denver ranks as the 4th most bikeable city in the United States Source (Source: Walk Score 2015.)
● Denver metro area ranked as the 5th fastest growing bike-commuting region in the country between 2000
and 2011 (Source: bikeleague.org/reports.)
● More than 35 percent of participants were motivated to continue to bike to work after the event (Source:
Corona Insights 2014 BTWD: Survey Report.)

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