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    Get Riding, Get Rolling, Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Jefferson County


    Jefferson County Public Health encourages individuals to celebrate Bike to Work Day on June 25, 2014. Bike to Work Day is good for the health of communities and individuals, and is a positive way for individuals, businesses and municipalities to come together to support health and active transportation in their communities.  Multiple local governments, businesses and community groups are implementing Bike to Work events throughout Jefferson County, with lots of ways to get involved.  See below for more information. 

    Bicycle commuting can help with getting the recommended amount of physical activity every day, relieving  stress, stimulating circulation as well as creative thought, and it can also save money. Sitting for long perids of time, such as in a commute by car, is associated with weight gain, even for people who get the recommended amount of leisure time physical activity1. So even if you are an avid exerciser, switching your commute to walking, biking or transit is a good step in maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, neighborhoods in which it is safe, easy and appealing to walk and bike are great real estate investments. These dense, multimodal developments are some of the major economic drivers of American cities and towns today, with great demand from young and old, and high premiums for developers2.

    According to an analysis by the National Bike League, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving in 2012.  The average annual operating expense of a bicycle is only $308, compared to more than $8,000 for an automobile. Bicyclists can also save on parking; in some large cities, it’s possible to save more than $200 per month on parking.  Pedaling a bicycle also helps to reduce pollution and leaves a smaller carbon footprint.  The National Bike League reports that when bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are saved from emission into the atmosphere.

    Jefferson County communities are working to increase infrastructure for active transportation by completing sidewalks systems, creating protected bike lanes, calming streets, increasing public transit access, and increasing connectivity to important uses like schools, parks, trails and business districts.

    We can all Get Riding, Get Rolling, and Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Jefferson County. 

    Let’s get Riding: View the DRCOG Bike to Work Day map for events, routes and water stations: http://biketowork2014.org/overview-map

    Jeffco:  Jefferson County supports Bike to Work Day. All Jeffco employees are encouraged to register on the official Denver Council of Regional Governments (DRCOG) Bike to Work Day site and join team Jefferson County.  The  County is hosting a Breakfast Station at the Administration & Courts Facility (100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO ) beginning at 6:30 am.

    Arvada:  Participants can enjoy breakfast burritos, gourmet coffee, and healthy fruits and special snack packs at the Arvada Breakfast Stations between 6:30 am and 9:00 am. Festivities for Arvada employees will be held at the Memorial Park Station, north of Arvada City Hall, 59th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Blvd.  Breakfast stations will also be available in the Village of 5 Parks and one at the confluence of Clear Creek and Ralston Creek (Gold Strike Park).   Arvada employees that sign-up and participate by bicycle commuting, walking, or taking transit will receive $10 grocery store gift cards. One lucky registrant will win a grand prize of $100 to a local bike shop.

    Lakewood: The city of Lakewood supports Bike to Work day. There will be four breakfast stations in Lakewood including in Morse Park and at Whole Foods in Belmar to help fuel you along the way.

    Wheat Ridge:  The City of Wheat Ridge is partnering with Wheat Ridge 2020, Live Local Active and Compass Construction will co-host a bike to work flippin’ pancake breakfast station at Compass Construction (38th and Reed) from 6:30 am to 9:00 am. They will also co-host a Bike From Work Patio Party with Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Right Coast Pizza, the ATATs and Empower Cycling at Right Coast Pizza from 5:00 pm  to 7:00 pm. Collectable pint glasses for the first 50 people, music, drink specials and door prizes.

    Golden: The City of Golden is supporting Bike to Work Day efforts by hosting a bike to work station day from 6:30 am  to 9:00 am on Washington Avenue in front of the Visitor’s Center (10th and Washington). Cyclists will also have the chance to enter a free drawing to win a Specialized Sirrus Elite unisex commuter road bike.


    Bike to Work Day Resources

    • For those who think it is just too hard or inconvenient, read these tips on overcoming commuter concerns.  
    • For more information on the benefits of bicycling, cycling tips, and more, visit
      www.bikeleague.org
    • View the DRCOG Way to Go video
    • For more information on Jefferson County Public Health and technical assistance on creating healthier communities, contact healthyjeffco@jeffco.us or call Molly Hanson, Jefferson County Public Health Policy Analyst, at 303-275-7556.

    1 http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(12)00776-3/abstract

    2 http://www.smartrowthamerica.org/documents/embargo-copy-foot-traffic-ahead.pdf



    Nancy Braden
    Health Communications
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    June 20, 2014


    Last Updated: 6-20-2014