Statewide event celebrates bicycling

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It’s a day to leave the vehicles behind and break out the bicycles during Bike to Work Day.

Residents of the north metro area and the state are encouraged to take part in this event on June 26 celebrating the benefits of bicycling.

Last year more than 27,000 metro Denver bicyclists participated in Bike to Work day and 452,000 miles were traveled.

Residents in Westminster who participate in this event also have the opportunity to stop by various business sponsors throughout the day offering food and beverages to keep those legs cycling.

Nonprofit organization 36 Commuting Solutions is also partaking in the celebration by hosting two of the largest breakfast stations along the U.S. 36 corridor at Paul’s Coffee & Tea in Louisville and Interlocken East Park in Broomfield.

Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director of 36 Commuting Solutions, said she is excited to be part of the statewide effort to make bicycling a viable commuting option because US 36 is a significant employment corridor with over 190,000 employees.

“Bike to Work Day is a fantastic way to promote bicycling as a viable commute option,” she said.

Eventually commuting by bicycle along the US 36 corridor will be an even easier option after an 18-mile, 12-foot-wide multi-purpose bikeway is constructed adjacent to the highway.

The bikeway is part of the US 36 Express Lanes Project and will allow commuters to travel easily from Boulder to Westminster by walking or bicycling. DeBarros said the US 36 Bikeway will connect to existing bicycle facilities.

“This bikeway will make it even more safe and accessible to commute by bicycle,” she said. “We know that many people who live near US 36 also work in the corridor, so bicycling will become a very viable option once this bikeway is complete by the end of 2015.”

For people interested in other bike routes in the area, a US 36 regional map called Bike 36 is now available.

The map enables riders to identify local bicycle networks and information to safely travel by bike throughout the US 36 region.

To request a copy of the Bike 36 map, email info@36commutingsolutions.org or call 303-997-5155 with your name and address. The map is also available in a web-based application, including a mobile app, at www.36commutingsolutions.org.

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