Cify of Golden proposes Jefferson Bikeway

The City of Golden today (May 20) officially offered to acquire a 2.76-mile stretch of right way along Indiana Street that is currently part of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.  The City’s offer will allow it to create what it will call the Jefferson Bikeway, as well as to provide needed roadway improvements on the Indiana Street corridor and protect the City and region from the impacts of unmitigated toll road construction.

Read more here:  Jefferson Bikeway Press Release

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Team Evergreen Rides – Exceptionally Well Organized

Team Evergreen

I had the pleasure of joining Team Evergreen on one of their super well-organized road rides again today.   Although it was flurrying at the start, about 25 riders turned out for what promised (and resulted) to be 50-ish degree temperatures under clear skies.

I’m impressed by Team Evergreen’s exceptional organization.   To begin with, the entire 2011 ride calendar is published already – you can see it here:   Team Evergreen 2011 Road Rides.     (They also have a mountain bike ride schedule:   Team Evergreen 2011 Mountain Bike Schedule)

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Denver B-Cycles

Have you tried the Denver B-Cycles yet?

B-Cycle PhotoToday I had the opportunity to try out the Denver B-Cycle program.  I had business at Colfax and High Street, and was coming into town from Lakewood on 6th Avenue.

Since I prefer to commute into town from my home west of Golden by motorcycle (especially during these days of high gas prices) I can’t easily transport my commuter bike for mixed-mode travel.  The B-Cycle provides a way for me to park the motorcycle pretty close to the western edge of town, and finish the commute under pedal power.

B-Cycles on sale now!

I signed up for an annual pass, optimistic that I’ll take advantage of the program frequently this year.    The pass (365 days from first use) is on sale through April 22nd for $49, after which it will return to the normal price of $65.

You can sign up on their website, but as I was already on the road I called the customer service number (303.825.3325) and spoke with a very helpful agent named Nick.   He was able to quickly walk me through the sign-up process and answer a couple of questions about the best stations to use for my commute.

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2011 Cycling Events in Jefferson County

Cycling Events in Jefferson County

Photo courtesy Deer Creek Challenge

The following is a partial list of organized cycling events in Jefferson County during 2011:

Do you know of other cycling events in Jefferson County?

Leave a comment below!

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Lookout Mountain Road

The next best thing to riding Lookout Mountain Road…

Youtube user GVNNO1 posted a sweet video of his descent of Lookout Mountain Road in August of 2010.

See if it doesn’t put you in the mood to ride it real soon…

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How would you like a $7,000 bonus for riding your bike?

Cycling has a huge Economic Impact

Infographic: Mgmt Design, courtesy of the National Building Museum

Thanks to Elly Blue and her recent Grist blog, “How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it)”  for pointing out some eye-opening statistics.

The average American spends $8485 on car ownership (per car) each year, and a whopping 84% of that flies out of the local economy.   Only $1,390 stays local.

Imagine what your life would be like if you had an additional $7,095 to spend locally each year.

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The C-470 Bikeway is in Great Shape!

Have you ridden the C-470 Bikeway since repairs were completed?

C-470 Bikeway

Carol and I rode the C-470 Bikeway as part of an early season loop ride today.   We were both thrilled that the recently completed repairs have made this a very smooth and enjoyable trail to ride.

Gone are the broken slabs and tar snakes which tended to make this ride a bit scary on some parts.    It’s now just what one would hope from a trail:   An easy, smooth ride that allows you to concentrate on enjoying the ride rather than the condition of the trail.

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Genesee – El Rancho Link

Bike Jeffco is working closely with CDOT to add a bicycle trail alongside I-70 between Map of Proposed RouteGenesee and El Rancho.

The complete proposal is here:  ElRancho-Genesee Proposal

Do you ride I-70 between Genesee and El Rancho?    What are your thoughts?

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First Ride of the Season

Although breezy, the 50+ degree temps today were perfect for a little ride around part of the Lariat Loop this afternoon.   I wasn’t the only one who had this idea – I bet I saw over fifty riders up on Lookout Mountain today.   I swung by Buffalo Bills Grave, rode Colorow Road past the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Boettcher Mansion, and stopped for a drink of water at the Buffalo Herd Overlook at Genessee Park.

It wasn’t a long ride – maybe 15 miles, with a few hills to wake up the legs.  I was in the mood after getting my bike tuned up at Wheat Ridge Cyclery this week.   Those guys do great work, and I love looking around their huge selection of gear and clothing.

How about you – have you gotten out to ride yet this season?    Where do you like to get your bike worked on?

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Bike Jeffco is on the Inside Track of the Quiznos Pro Challenge

Quiznos Pro Challenge – a Golden Opportunity

Quizno's Pro Challenge

 

Bike Jeffco is all abuzz over the selection of Golden as the host city for the final leg of the Quiznos Pro Challenge!   Not only is it great exposure for the superb riding here in Jefferson County and wonderful news for the local economy, it will be a ton of fun!

Bike Jeffco Volunteers are busy preparing for the Quiznos Pro Challenge

With 185 days until the start of the tour, the event organizers and Bike Jeffco are hard at work preparing.   Bike Jeffco has organized over 25 volunteers, and will be active participants in the success of this exciting event.    Volunteer positions are still available – click here to sign up, and be sure to comment below to let us know you’ve signed up as part of the Bike Jeffco team.

Quiznos Pro Challenge – can you feel the excitement?

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