Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Bicycle Colorado believes everyone should have the opportunity to become safe and confident bicyclists and enjoy the many benefits of riding a bike. Our Learn to Ride Lessons are built to help children and adults develop confidence on two wheels using the gliding technique. With this simple and effective technique, most students are pedaling within two hours.
Until 2020 we offered these classes in person in small classes limited to 8 participants. Due to the COVID pandemic we shifted our classes to a virtual format, and participants have continued to have success and develop their confidence on a bike!
It doesn't matter if you are 8 or 80, Bicycle Colorado's Learn to Ride Lessons are the place to learn to ride a bike!
Learn more at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/initiatives/bike-school/learn-to-ride/
Earl P. joined us last summer to get back on the bike for the first time since crashing and feeling anxiety riding. Earl conquered the lesson with his prosthetic leg and is now one of our most passionate supporters. Earl even dropped by our booth at last year's VeloSwap to tell us about the impact our Learn to Ride lesson had on him.
"You guys saved my life," Earl told us. "You don't know what it's meant to me to be able to ride again."
Lauren and Neil S., recent participants in one of our virtual Learn to Ride webinars wrote us afterward to say, "I took your webinar last night and was so happy I did because today my five-year-old daughter is riding on two wheels! We went to a parking lot and I put her seat all the way down, which was totally the key to it all. She didn't want me taking her pedals off at all but she practiced a few step-step-glides then just went for it and was riding all on her own. Thanks so much for your tips and great class even if only on a PowerPoint presentation!"
We want to make Colorado's urban, rural and mountain roads safer and more courteous. That's why we offer Bicycle-Friendly Driver certification for groups big and small, in person and virtually.
The course covers common crashes, legal and illegal behavior of both motorists and bicyclists, how to navigate street infrastructure and why sharing the road is the safest and best option for all road users.
Learn more, and sign up for a class, at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/initiatives/bike-school/bicycle-friendly-drivers/
Testimonials from Bicycle Colorado's certified motorists:
"I'm still amazed at how little continuing education there is for drivers and bicyclists. The laws change, the environment shifts and we're really just supposed to "figure it out" so to speak. I'm thankful for these educational opportunities for myself and others!"
"Incredible course taught by a fantastic instructor! This should be required to obtain a driver license in CO."
"Would love for more folks to take this course! I appreciate the clarification on fuzzy laws/recommendations. Thank you for putting together this opportunity to continue our education to strengthen communication between drivers and cyclists. At the end of the day we are all people!"
No two bike riders have the same experience on any given ride.
Our gender, our age, our abilities, our race, our bodies and much more-even the types of bikes we ride-contribute to our experiences on one, two, three or four wheels. There's also a lot we have in common: many people ride for their own health, many for the environment, to save money, to connect with their communities, and some ride because it's their only option to get around town. Together, these diverse and shared experiences form the kaleidoscope that is the bicycle community.
Through our RIDE initiative-short for Respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity-we're celebrating those different voices, as well as what we all share, to build a more inclusive and equitable movement for all people on bikes. Our RIDE work is guided by our RIDE Advisory Board.
We've also been supporting Black bicyclists from Black Girls Do Bike, the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Denver and the Ride for Racial Justice to promote, participate in and even help them develop concepts for bike rides in protests of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police, while expanding our definitions of who streets should be built for and who we serve.
Learn more about our RIDE Advisory Board and the work we're doing to increase equity in bicycling at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/ride-building-equity-in-bicycling/
We've spread the word to our membership and supporters about the importance of building equity in bicycling.
Blacks, African Heritage
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
The Can Do Colorado eBike Program is a partnership between the Colorado Energy Office, Bicycle Colorado, and Northeast Transportation Connections and is designed to demonstrate that electric bikes (eBikes) are a safe, healthy, and convenient way to take essential trips around town.
As part of this program, which successfully launched in September 2020, 13 low income, essential worker Coloradans received an eBike, lights, a helmet, a lock and other accessories at no cost. Participants continue to provide data and feedback about their transportation habits and shifts away from driving, demonstrating the transformative power of eBikes as a transportation solution.
Learn more at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/can-do-colorado-ebike-program/
Thirteen bicyclists have already received free eBikes and accessories in the Fall of 2020, which will inform a statewide rollout of the program in the Spring of 2020.
Bicycle Colorado has been advocating for bicyclists' rights year after year in the Colorado legislature. This legislative session, we worked primarily to support two pieces of legislation aimed to protect bicyclists, and responded quickly to amend a bill that would have put bicyclists at extreme risk without changes. You can learn all about our 2020 legislative session, including information about each bill we worked on, where the bill ended up, and where we plan to go from here, by visiting https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/2020-legislative-recap/
For the first time ever in 2020, we also distributed a candidate questionnaire to every person running for the state legislature so that our members and supporters could make informed decisions about their candidates. You can see House of Representative candidate responses at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/colorado-house-of-representatives/ and the Senate candidate responses at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/colorado-senate/
Many bills passed to protect bicyclists in Colorado law, including:
- Gaining hundreds of miles of new shoulders for riding bicycles on state roads
- Changing the law to allow side-by-side riding when it's safe to do so
- Changing the law to require drivers to give bicyclists 3 feet when passing and allows cars to cross a double-yellow line to safely pass
- Changing the law so people riding bicycles can signal right turns with their right hands and so they can ride through a crosswalk instead of dismounting
- Changing the law so the practice of "rolling coal" is no longer legal
- Passing common language for communities to adopt should they think the Colorado Safety Stop is right for them through the state legislature
- Ending bicycle bans around the state, including bans on riding bikes on specific roads, on racing events and even on bringing your bike on light rail trains
- Tightening the hit-and-run loophole to make possible penalties equal to drunk driving
More and more agencies and governments are working to prioritize safety on our roads through transportation plans and, when they do, they're coming to us as reliable and experienced content experts for traffic safety. Across state, regional and local traffic safety initiatives, we are committed to advocating for people outside of motor vehicles who are more vulnerable to traffic violence, as well as lower income and communities of color who experience systemic barriers to safe and healthy transportation options.
To meet the needs of all Colorado residents and visitors, road design and construction needs to safely accommodate everyone whether they choose to drive, walk, bicycle or use public transit.
The Bicycle Colorado team has worked extensively with the department of transportation and the state legislature to ensure that new road construction design will provide safe travel for everyone regardless of their mode of transportation. Our Denver Streets Partnership team has also advocated for shared and open streets throughout Denver during COVID--residents and visitors alike have seen how impactful streets for people are because of their efforts!
You can learn a bit about of efforts on the Denver Regional Council of Governments' Regional Vision Zero Action Plan by checking out our eNews, here: https://mailchi.mp/d34e2db7734b/bike-to-work-day-recap-cdot-still-wants-your-thoughts-updates-from-our-education-team-and-more-318661?e=675956d976
We joined stakeholders in contributing to the Colorado Department of Transportation's Strategic Transportation Safety Plan which was adopted just this summer with a critical vision: "The future of Colorado is zero deaths and serious injuries so all people using any transportation mode arrive at their destination safely."
We also worked to strengthen the Denver Regional Council of Governments' (DRCOG) Taking Action on Regional Vision Zero Plan before it was adopted this summer. As the plan neared adoption, we were persistent with our feedback during stakeholder meetings and the public comment phase to ensure the plan set a goal of zero fatalities on our roadways for the Denver region. We spoke to the disproportionate impact of enforcement on communities of color, additional opportunities in the plan to emphasize and advance equity and language and strategies that could better serve vulnerable road users and active transportation.
Whenever Bicycle Colorado members and supporters reach out with concerns about a roadway project, we leverage our statewide relationships with transportation planners and engineers to get the most up-to-date information and suggest positive, proactive changes that better protect all road users, and especially the most vulnerable.
Both Bicycle Colorado and the Denver Streets Partnership also continue making progress with City of Denver partners on their Vision Zero Action Plan through the Vision Zero Technical Advisory Committee and, in 2019, we joined visits to fatal crash sites to analyze current conditions and propose infrastructure improvements for safety.
We're grateful to have staff at these different levels championing traffic safety and eager to hear Bicycle Colorado's contributions to strengthen their safety goals and impact. We look forward to continuing to collaborate as governments implement these plans that will help shift what transportation looks like in Colorado.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
As Colorado moved toward Stay-at-Home orders in early March, our policy team got on the phone with as many State and local leaders as we could to ensure bicycling would be allowed under any state order. Bicycling, we knew, was a safe activity during the pandemic; we asked that Governor Polis' statewide order, as well as various county and local orders, include it as such. When orders didn't include bicycling explicitly-as Colorado's and Denver's didn't in their first drafts-we fought to fix it, and we won. Within 24 hours, orders were changed to embrace bicycling as essential.
We also made sure bicycle repair shops could remain open as essential businesses and serve the many new and returning riders who wanted to get out and take care of themselves. Auto repair shops were to remain open to service cars and trucks for people who needed to drive, and we made sure bicyclists would have the same consideration under any statewide order, whether individuals were choosing to ride or required their bike for transportation. Every shop owner we've spoken to since the pandemic began has told us a version of the same thing: they're busier than ever, and grateful to be able to serve Coloradans eager to get out and enjoy life on two wheels.
Colorado's organized rides and races have been a similar priority for us, as we know what these rides mean for riders, organizers and the Colorado economy. Riding in an organized Colorado bike event, many of which are Event Members of Bicycle Colorado, is considered a bucket list item by people across the world. We've been working to ensure these events remain viable in 2020, 2021 and long into the future so Colorado's bike tourism industry can continue to thrive.
These fights and others continue. We'll be there every step of the way ensuring bicyclists are considered, prioritized and given the respect they deserve across the state.
For everything you need to know about riding your bike during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/covid/
Bicycling declared an essential activity and bike repair an essential service during COVID.
Several organized rides and events run successfully with the help of Bicycle Colorado policy team, including Stonewall Century Ride in La Veta, Colorado the Century Experience Ride in Florissant, Colorado and the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial at Cherry Creek State Park.
The Denver Streets Partnership is a coalition of community organizations advocating for people-friendly streets in Denver.
We believe in an equitable and vibrant Denver that guarantees our public spaces are designed for people.
We believe that human dignity should be the guiding principle for the design of our transportation system so that everyone can thrive and connect to what matters most.
We work to connect decision makers and Denver residents with diverse perspectives, timely information, and practical solutions to reduce our city's dependence on cars and design communities that prioritize people.
To learn more, visit www.denverstreetspartnership.org
The Denver Streets Partnership's relationships with city leaders and community members have been vital in increasing support for bicycling, walking and transit projects across Denver.
Streets are for people!
In the spring, as the coronavirus pandemic slowed official activity in Denver to a crawl, we witnessed a rapid uptick in public awareness regarding the value of repurposing street space for people. Nearly 1,500 people responded to our survey in April with almost 80% indicating they are walking & biking as frequently or more often than before the COVID-19 crisis. Furthermore, nearly 90% of respondents supported reallocating street space for people by restricting car traffic on certain streets.
Shortly after the release of our survey data, the City of Denver restricted or prohibited vehicle traffic on nearly 16 miles of streets, many of which have seen a significant increase in walking, biking, and rolling traffic as a result. Public support has been overwhelmingly positive, with one community member noting, "I feel as though our neighborhood has come alive -- I am seeing people who I have never seen before, out and about with their pets or families on walks. It has been a pleasure, especially with the nice weather, to be able to connect with our neighbors and neighborhood in this way."
20 is Plenty
The evidence is clear: speed kills. Even small increases in vehicle speed can have fatal results: a pedestrian has a 13% likelihood of a severe injury or fatality if struck by a vehicle traveling 20 mph; that chance jumps to 40% if the vehicle is traveling 30 mph. Denver's Vision Zero Action Plan specifically calls for speed reduction as a tool to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. We're calling on city leaders to reduce the default speed limit for Denver's neighborhood streets from 25 mph to 20 mph. It's time for action. Supporters of our 20 is Plenty campaign can join hundreds of advocates across the city by ordering a free yard sign.
A central pillar of our work is advocating so that no one dies or suffers serious injuries just trying to get around our city. In the spring, we released Denver's 2019 Vision Zero Report Card, grading the city's efforts a C+. There is plenty of work ahead to achieve the goal of zero traffic fatalities and injuries, one of the reasons we partnered with Bicycle Colorado to ask DRCOG to set a firm commitment in their Regional Vision Zero Action Plan.
Community Transportation Networks
We're actively supporting Denver's rapid buildout of a connected network of bikeways between downtown and some of our central neighborhoods. This includes 125 miles of bike and pedestrian improvements across Denver. When bikeways are strategically designed to connect, people will finally have real choices about how to get around our city.
Bicycle Parking Services
New bike racks put in around the Denver metro area at locations like First Bank, Alamo Draft House and more!
Public Safety, Disaster Services
Children ages 5 to 21
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Share the Road license plates raise awareness and encourage everyone to use our roads safely and respectfully. With nearly 6,000 plates on Colorado vehicles, together we're spreading the word while raising funds to help make Colorado an even more bicycle-friendly state.
Get yours now at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/get-involved/share-the-road/
Thousands of Share the Road license plates on Colorado vehicles, raising awareness about roadway safety for bicyclists and drivers alike.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Bicycle education for K-8 school children and their families across Colorado. Bicycling and walking to school has significant health and education benefits for children.
And in 2020, we have been excited to partner more closely than ever with Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to help children travel safely and encourage walking and wheeling to school. In addition to prioritizing infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods with the greatest inequities, the City is building out education modules to teach students, families and school staff about safe behaviors and ways to increase safety on the way to school.
We are doing everything we can to ensure the messaging is inclusive of all students-regardless of ability, gender, race, family structure, income or geography in Denver-and choose intentional language that helps build a culture of safety and caring for each other on our streets.
Learn more at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/initiatives/bike-school/safe-routes-to-school/
Bicycle Colorado has worked in more than 100 schools across the state, teaching 92,000+ children and their families about safety and skills when bicycling or walking.
Bicycle Colorado team members have led the content development for the first round of modules that cover a basic bike check and helmet fit, child passenger safety, walking and wheeling traffic safety tips and safe drop-off procedures. Materials include lesson plans, videos and handouts that will be bilingual and ADA accessible.
Bicycling and walking rates have measurably increased at schools where Bicycle Colorado has delivered its Safe Routes to School programming, and our expertise is clear and valued.
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
We Bike Colorado is a Facebook community of women, femme, transgender and gender nonbinary (WFTNB) people who ride bikes. We believe that riding bikes can be a healthy, fun, sustainable, affordable and community-building form of transportation and recreation, but we recognize the barriers WFTNB individuals face in bicycling. This group is here to help overcome those challenges so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of bicycling by:
- Supporting WFTNB folks who ride bikes!
- Bringing people together to build a more inclusive bicycling movement and because riding can be more fun with friends!
- Being a forum for women, femme, transgender and nonbinary (WFTNB) bicyclists to share information, advice, support and opportunities to ride.
Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/webikecolorado
More than 3,200 members in the Facebook group!