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Bike to Work Day 2016

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Whether you bike to work normally, ride to save money and time, take the initiative in honor of your health and environment or enjoy the mode of transportation over other options, National Bike Month is your opportunity to celebrate the many reasons why we ride!

Though the "National Bike to Work Day" was May 20th, Colorado has taken an approach all it's own. Thanks to the beautiful weather, especially in the mountains, the state legislature moved it to June! Even if you don't usually hop onto your bike all that often, Wednesday, June 22nd is the time to give it a go.. Afterall, over 30,000 people participated last year!

 

How did "Bike to Work Day" even come to be?

It is a Colorado tradition. The City of Boulder celebrated it's first "Bike to Work Day" more than 25 years ago. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began promoting it statewide and in 1995, the Denver Regional Council began aiding various cities and counties in linking smaller versions of the event together. Now it is celebrated in many communities along the Front Range.

 

 

So, why bike?

The real question is.. Why NOT? AAA states that anyone who lives 5 miles away from their office can save almost $6 for the day by riding a bike versus climbing in their car.

Not only will you save money, but it could help to save your life - According to Bicycling.com, someone who weighs 150 pounds and rides at the moderate pace of 10-12 MPH will burn 170 calories within 25 minutes!

 

I haven't been on my bike in a while.. How should I prepare?

Take a look at your bike for any obvious issues. Tires should be adequately inflated, the seat should fit your body nicely and the brakes and chains should be in working order. It's always a great idea to bring a flat tire repair kit, too! Also - don't forget your bike lock!

 

Is the weather good enough for biking tomorrow?

Right now the forecast is calling for a high that could reach 87 degrees, so make sure you wear sunscreen, light clothing and bring lots of water for the ride. There is a chance for storms but you should expect sunshine.

 

 

What sort of route should I take for my ride?

Often times we deal with roadside construction on our usual trek to work, which will now throw a wrench in your plans. Click here to find current road closures and by clicking here you can access a map that will give you routes from your house to work and back home again!

 

I might be too tired to bike home after working all day... How do I get home if I don't have my car or someone to pick me up?

If you can find the motivation and time to bike to work but not back home, RTD will allow people to bring their clean bikes onto light rails and commuter rails (buses are already equipped with racks.)

 

But I don't  enjoy riding my bike alone....

You're not alone in that! If you'd rather ride with a group, click here to check out a complete Colorado list of groups and get involved.

 

 

It can be difficult to have an appetite worked up early in the morning, but eating a powerhouse breakfast is essential to having a positive and productive day. To help you out, here's a list of breakfast stations all across Colorado. They all offer different types of food and at different times. Some are even hosting Bike Parties or are simple refreshment stations, so be sure to pick the best fit along your route.

 

 

 

Today

Longmont Community Blood Drive — Donations will be taken in the Community Room, 10:30 a.m., Moose Lodge, 2210 Pratt St., Longmont. Go to bonfils.org.

Monday Free Movie Night with "Pulp Fiction" — A screening of the film, 7 p.m., Dicken's Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Go to dickensoperahouse.com.

Tuesday

• Canvas and Cocoa — For grades third through fifth, local artist Tami Showers will demonstrate painting a winter theme masterpiece. Each participant will take home a masterpiece of their own, materials provided, 4 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Registration required. Go to mylibrary.us.

• Small Business Series: Navigating the Media and Free Advertising Opportunities — Learn about many low-cost ways to market your small business, how to write effective press releases for the media, and how to work with your local media representatives, 6 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Bimini Ring Toss Competition — Single person teams or pairs can split and shoot as one person. There are prizes for winners and losers. Enjoy free snacks, 6:30 p.m., 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Longmont; 300sunsbrewing.com.

 

Wednesday

• World's Largest Sticker Ball Weigh-In — The Sticker Giant company based in Hygiene will weigh in their sticker ball, Saul, to beat the 220 pound Guinness World Record, noon, Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont. Go to stickergiant.com/sticker-ball.

• Open bluegrass pick — Live music, 8 p.m., Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-7886.

Thursday

• Cheesemaking 101 and Creamery Tour — Begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery and then sample several cheese in the new Cheese Education Center while learning to make your own cheese, 2 p.m., The Art of Cheese, 505 Weaver Road, Longmont. Cost is $25. Go to theartofcheese.com.

• RSVPs for the 14th annual Madrigal Dinner — RSVPs are due Thursday for the Centaurus High School Vocal Music Program's Madrigal Dinner. The event includes a six-course Renaissance feast where you can dance with the jesters, feed the beggars and a chance to cheer for your favorite champion during the tournament, 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Centaurus High School, 10300 S. Boulder Road, Lafayette. Cost is $25 for general admission and $35 for preferred seating. Contact Scott Wickham at 720-651-7734 or email Scott.Wickham@ bvsd.org.

• Screening of "The Great Divide" — The documentary shows the influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region, 6:30 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Friday

• Friday Afternoon Concert and Art Show — Take Down the Door, a Celtic band, will perform and art show will be the works of Greg Marquez, 2:30 p.m., Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Cost is $10. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

• Opening night of "Yankee Tavern" — Longmont Theater Company presents "Yankee Tavern," a play that takes place inside a crumbling New York tavern in which a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 24, Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-772-5200 or go to longmonttheatre.org.

Saturday

• Birds of Prey Driving Tour — Join Boulder County Naturalist for a driving tour to view birds of prey. The group will carpool to locations. Bring water, lunch or snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird field guide if you have them, 10 a.m., Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont. Registration required. Call 303-678-6214.

• Winter Windows to Wellness — An informative and hands-on fair that features 20 vendors and holistic healers, 9 a.m., Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Schedule 15-minute sessions for $5 each. Call 303-651-8404.

• Paper Shredding Event — A free paper shredding event for residential trash and recycling customers, 9 a.m., Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin St., Longmont. Bring utility bill and identification. Go to longmontcolorado.gov.

Sunday

Kruger & Bunin, piano — The Estes Park Music Festival presents live music, 2 p.m., Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

Home Cheesemaking: Tips, Tools and Techniques — The class features many cheesemaking techniques with a focus on commonly asked questions, 2 p.m., The Art of Cheese, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese .com.

 

To see more events for the Longmont-area or to submit an event, go to timescall.com/ events.



Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and Broadway, Lyons, with music at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons, and fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. (Times-Call file)

Today

Loteria Mexicana —Enjoy traditional Mexican bingo at the Longmont Public Library. The game will be played mostly in Spanish, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8473.

Blues Jam with Boa & The Constrictors —Live music, 7 p.m. , Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.

Tuesday

Handmade Holiday —Kids from third to fifth grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Got to www.mylibrary.us.

Felting Fun for the Whole Family —Come join the fun and create a family Holiday tradition. Learn how to make an adorable, one-of-a-kind needle felted snowman or penguin ornament, 6 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to www.mylibrary.us.

Wednesday

Handmade Holiday —Teens from sixth to 12th grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m. , Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to www.mylibrary.us.

Book Signing with Claudia Mills and Phyllis Perry — Mills will talk about the Nora Notebooks and the Franklin School Friends series of books for children. Perry will discuss her new adult book, "Colorado Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers," and her children's book, "A Field Guide to Ocean Animals," 6:30 p.m. , Local Editions Books and Coffee, 2919 17th Ave., Suite 110, Longmont. Go to localeditionslongmont.com.

Thursday

Mommy and Me Stress Reduction— Discover fun mindfulness meditation techniques and become intentional about what you want to nurture this holiday season. Best for children ages 6 and under, 11 a.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Cheesemaking: Intro to Hard Cheese— Some say that soft cheeses are easy to make and hard cheeses are hard, but in this class we will learn that's not necessarily so, 6:30 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to www.theartofcheese.com.

Longmont 50th Annual Christmas Home Tour — United Church of Christ (UCC-Longmont)presents this self-guided tour of five Longmont homes decorated for Christmas, including Historic Hoverhome. VIP night is from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and includes dinner at local restaurant. Cost is $35. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the self-guided tour along with a bake sale and soup and bread dinner at UCC-Longmont, 1500 Ninth Ave., Longmont. Cost is $15. Go to www.thegiftofhome.org.

Friday

Lego Club —Build holiday decorations including ornaments for our annual LEGO tree, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Erie Country Christmas— Come out and enjoy Santa's Workshop, local school choirs, complimentary S'Mores, living nativity scene, hayrides and the Parade of Lights followed by Santa, 5 p.m. , Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs Street. Go to www.eriechamber.org.

Storytime With Santa — Santa will read Christmas stories to children of all ages at the Used Book Emporium. Don't forget to bring your camera, 6:30 p.m. , Used Book Emporium, 346 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-776-6561.

Saturday

Christmas Cookies, Candy and Cards Sale —Shoppers assemble their own take-out boxes of homemade cookies and candy from a wonderful, festive array of open-top trays. Cookies and candy are then weighed upon check-out and charged. Cookies are $5 a pound, candy is $7 a pound and Christmas cards are $6 a box., 8:30 a.m. , Messiah Lutheran Church, 1335 Francis St., Longmont. Call 303-776-2573.

•Dog pictures with Santa —The Boneyard committee is inviting all dog lovers to have your holiday photos taken with your furry friend, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St., Erie. Cost is $25, all proceeds go to The Boneyard, Erie's first dog park. Go to www.erieco.gov/dogpark.

A Holiday Fayre with British Flair —The fifth annual Holiday Fayre presented by WINC (Womens International Niwot Club) is coming to Niwot. Come and enjoy this wonderful holiday shopping experience with local vendor, 10 a.m. , Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot. Go to winc.club.

Colorado Horse Rescue Holiday Open House— Get your holiday shopping off to a great start at the annual CHR Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments and tours of the facility and browse our shop's unique collection of gift items, 10 a.m. , Colorado Horse Rescue, 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont. Call 720-494-1414.

The Carbon Valley Holiday Festival — A collaborative effort between Firestone, Frederick and Dacono to host a full day of holiday activities . Santa Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. Santa and Mrs. Claus with Santa's Workshop, music performances, and photos with firemen will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cold Ridge Middle School, 6201 Booth Drive, Firestone. Selfies with Santa, create cards and crafts, and holiday entertainment will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Dacono City Hall, 512 Cherry St., Dacono. Festival Lights with photos with Santa, music performances, carriage rides and ice carving is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St., Frederick. Go to www.firestoneco.gov

•41st Lyons Holiday Bazaar Sixty Christmas Booths with Homemade gifts, candy, baked goods, books, wreaths, lunch, Santa, door prizes, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Lyons Elementary School Gym, Fourth Avenue and Stickney Avenue, Lyons.

Hometown Holiday Celebration & Parade of Lights — Join the Town of Mead for a holiday celebration. Events include a chili cook-off, a cookie and ornament decorating contest for children, a free chili supper, parade of lights and tree lighting ceremony, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2 p.m. , Mead Town Hall, 441 Third St., Mead. Call 303-517-5281 or go to townofmead.org .

•Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights— The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year's parade, "Christmas Around the World," 6:30 p.m. , Main Street and Broadway, Lyons. Music is at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons. Fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. Go to www.lyonscolorado.com.

Sunday

Jubilate Chorus —The group will perform choral music, 2 p.m. , Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to estesparkmusicfestival.org.

Dinner with Santa 2 p.m. , Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-327-9318.

 

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