Bike to Work Day celebrated all month in Colorado’s Grand Valley
John F. Kennedy said “there is no greater joy than to ride a bicycle.” And in the Grand Valley, it seems that’s true for many.
Held every year to coincide with Colorado’s Bike to Work Day, residents throughout Mesa County are trading in their cars for bikes to participate in the annual Bike to Work Month.
Plus, Mesa County Health Department, Grand Valley Bikes, and other businesses joined together to hold events promoting commuting bicycle safety, positive economical impact, and fitness.
Starting Sunday, June 1, the commuter challenge begins, with prizes on the line including gift certificates to businesses around town. There’s also a business commuter challenge as a way to encourage employees to ride their bikes to work instead of driving. The prize for the winner is a traveling trophy made of bike parts.
“It’s nice because we are involving the whole community to work together,” Mesa County Health Department communication manager Veronica Harvey said.
According to organizers, not only is biking a good way to cut down gas costs and impacts to the environment, but it also helps promote being healthy and it’s a good way to get exercise.
“Biking to work boosts moral,” Grand Valley Bikes and avid commuter Biz Collins said.
Three bike-n-bite events (cycling discussions and a free lunch) will additionally happen each Wednesday in June.
The first one will occur at Crossroad Fitness Airport location on June 4 at 12:15 p.m. — it will discuss basic bike repair. The second is on June 11 at 12:15 p.m., set for St. Mary’s Hospital, and it will discuss commuting tips. The last will be held at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens on June 16 at 12:15 p.m. and organizers will discuss ways to improve cycling in the Grand Valley.
Other events planned throughout the valley include a tween ride, a pump and jump event, a bike-safety class, and afterglow parties.
The official Bike to Work Day is June 25. A variety of meeting places for breakfasts include Palisade Plaza, Grand Junction City Hall, Doubletree on Horizon Drive, and the Fruita Recreational Center, from 6:30-9 a.m., followed by an afterglow event at Edgewater Brewery from 5-6:30 p.m.
T-shirts are for sale at Rocky Tops located at 535 Main St., in downtown Grand Junction, for $10. Businesses are able to put their logo on the back for an additional $2.
To find the full calendar of events and more information, visit http://www.healthymesacounty.org.
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