BY FREDA MIKLIN
Bike to Work Day in Colorado is Wednesday, June 26. It is on the fourth Wednesday in June by state law. Begun back in 1956, Bike to Work Day is observed in May in most other places, but Colorado chose June to avoid the rainstorms that always seem to arrive around the Memorial Day weekend, according to Steve Erickson, marketing and communications director for Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Erickson spoke at the June 6 meeting of Denver South Economic Development Partnership at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Besides saving on pollution produced by cars, biking to work is good for blood pressure, insulin levels, and general fitness. It improves one’s ability to sleep and is an effective tool in weight loss. According to the general services department of Washington, D.C., “the average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting by bike,” and 33,000 people die every year in car crashes, while only 667 are killed while riding a bike.
In the Denver area, Bike to Work Day is organized by DRCOG. There are 750 local organizations supporting the effort, encouraging their employees to participate. On June 26, there will be hundreds of breakfast stations open for bikers from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Denver metro and Boulder area. The specific locations can be found on the biketoworkday.us/stations website sponsored by DRCOG.
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