PHOTOS: No Bike to Work Day, but Denver-area cyclists roll on

Metro Denver event canceled in light of public health guidelines


Lone Tree resident Sam Jacobson, 67, rode down Willow Creek Trail as he often does, Bike to Work Day or not.

Jacobson has not participated in Bike to Work Day, but the avid cyclist said he bikes that trail about two to three times per week along with other trails in the area.

The week of Sept. 21 was dubbed "Bike to Wherever" week after the cancellation of the Sept. 22 metro-area Bike to Work Day in light of public health guidelines.

“For me, (biking) offers me opportunities to ride different trails, explore different areas,” said Jacobson, who started biking in the last 10 years for the cardiovascular benefits. “Biking also strengthens my knees, which allows me to be better at hiking.”

Several cyclists rode on Willow Creek Trail near C-470 and South Yosemite Street on Sept. 22 during rush hour. That trail continues north in Centennial and south in Lone Tree.

Instead of biking to work on a single day, riders were encouraged to bike rather than drive to work, to the store, to the park or other places that week. Due to the pandemic, the event had already been moved from its original date of June 24 before new date was canceled.

Bike to Work Day is a free annual event that encourages people to commute by bike. On the fourth Wednesday each June, participants can visit volunteer stations throughout the Denver metro area that offer breakfast and prizes in the morning, and they can join “bike parties” in the afternoon, according to the Denver area's website for the event.

The Denver Regional of Council of Governments' Way to Go program organizes Bike to Work Day with help from partners in the metro area.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments, often pronounced “Dr. Cog,” is an organization of local governments collaborating to set policy and allocate funding regarding transportation, growth and development, and aging and disability resources.


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